CEND Hackathon Winners Announced
On March 25th, at 2 PM PST, over 80 participants from around the world – ranging from Berkeley to New York City to France and India – hopped on a Zoom call to participate in the 2020 CEND COVID19 Hackathon, to address many issues coming from the pandemic. Some participants came with nearly fully-formed ideas, ready to hit the ground running as soon as the hackathon started in hopes to bring some attention to their projects. Others came in with an eagerness to help in any capacity they could, ranging with skillsets in engineering, coding, molecular virology, public policy, and beyond.
Submissions were due 24 hours later – which meant participants were up all night, “hacking” away at the complex problems the world is facing. Teams worked on projects ranging from a plan for national level pathogen surveillance at airports to an online visualization tool to view current healthcare capacity resource available related to COVID-19 infection.
The winning teams were announced just after 5:30 PM. The judging committee, comprised of individuals from backgrounds in venture capital, biotech, engineering, and public policy, ended up choosing two teams as the winners: COVID-ALERT and COVentilator.