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Telangana Information Technology Association to host world's first Covid-19 Online Hackathon

Telangana Information Technology Association to host worlds first Covid-19 Online Hackathon
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Hyderabad: Continuing its efforts to bring awareness about coronavirus, software professionals body Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA)...

Hyderabad: Continuing its efforts to bring awareness about coronavirus, software professionals body Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA) has decided to hold a hackathon to encourage youth to evolve technology solutions that will help in dealing with the situation.

Speaking on the occasion, TITA Global President Sundeep Kumar Makthala said the world's first Covid-19 Online Hackathon will begin on March 22 (Sunday) to coincide with the Lockdown call given by the CM KCR.

The hackathon will be held by TITA in association with the Technology Innovation and Incubation Centre (TIIC) and the Government of Telangana.

TITA, which is supporting the CM's call to break the chain, will support the ideas that will emerge through the hackathon. "We are looking up to the youth to evolve locally relevant solutions. These interventions will aid in spreading awareness, the best way to deal with Coronavirus and so," Makthala said.

The problem is acute in rural areas as they do not have the right resources to bring awareness. The online hackathon, which will continue till March 28, will aim to collate ideas from varied fields to bring standard information and processes, particularly to the rural areas.

"We have apps that remind us to drink water. We can also have such things to remind about care to be taken while fighting the pandemic. This could even be a simple nudge to wash the hands," the TITA President said about possible outcomes of the hackathon.

"The hackathon will not disturb the schedule of the workforce as many of the youth are already working from home," Makthala said adding that the effort is to involve the community in the fight against the pandemic.

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