Latvians taking their tech talents to the virtual arena to battle coronavirus

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Amid the global Covid-19 pandemic the Latvian startup community is organizing the HackForce hackathon from March 17 - 19, respecting social distancing and quarantine measures by taking place fully online, asking participants to offer up ideas on mitigating the effects of the novel coronavirus, according to a press release on March 16.

Organizers have invited developers, experts, and anyone else willing to volunteer their skills to help tackle this global crisis at the community level. Participants can submit their own ideas and build a team, or simply join a team. Judges will select the three best ideas to receive 1,000 euros from Swedbank to further develop their ideas, one team will win the opportunity to use DoBe co-working space for 3 months to continue the project, as well as other prizes. 

During the hackathon mentors will help participants develop their first ideas, focusing on four key areas: medicine and healthcare, coronavirus crisis solutions, education, and the economy and business support projects. HackForce urges participants to develop ideas to improve the crisis situation in Latvia and around the world.

Anyone can join the online hackathon chat through the Slack app at:

As reported, an increase in the number of tests being conducted has led to a corresponding rise in the number of cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Latvia, with the total confirmed at 60 by late afternoon, as opposed to 49 in the morning, reported the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).


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