#HackfromHome - an anti-viral virtual hackathon.

We’re giving people a chance to respond with action, working together to improve the lives of everyone affect by the Coronavirus. Our goal is to band together to help communities, patients, and their families better using what we know best - technology.

If possible, these ideas should preserve the privacy of individuals through the use of Personal Data Accounts. For more information on Personal Data Accounts read this.



Access line into FB and WhatsApp groups for Digitally Excluded

many vulnerable people have low levels of tech or tech usage in their homes. By setting up a line where they can post into existing community Facebook channels , they can ask for help locally.

  • Tim Clarke
  • Mar 27 2020
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  • Amy Sheon commented
    3 Apr 07:49pm

    See my talks Sat on digital divide and vulnerable populations:

    Public Health Perspectives on Covid-19

    Saturday, April 4⋅GMT-4:00 (8:00 am EST)

    Join Zoom Meetinghttps://zoom.us/j/947524053


    Covid19 and open data sets Saturday, April 4⋅GMT-4:30 (8:30 am EST)

    Join Zoom Meetinghttps://zoom.us/j/947524053

    Amy Sheon

  • amy sheon commented
    2 Apr 12:22pm

    Hi-just introducing myself. I'm a mentor and will be giving a kickoff talk sat 8 am EDT. My focus is on digital inclusion to make people aware of whose data is excluded since they dont have mobile dataplans, and resources for connecting people. I was thinking of posing a new idea of an app to easily see maps of % of people with internet connectivity. Access disparities are a huge issue in US; maybe not be the case elsewhere. In US, high speed broadband is unavailable (or super high cost) in urban poor areas--not just a rural problem as many people think.

  • Craig Edmunds commented
    30 Mar 04:19pm

    Sounds interesting - are you thinking via phone? So perhaps an IVR type thing (twilio would be good for this).

    Perhaps they input a “location code”, which could be distributed on physical media locally?

    Where would the channels come from, or how would they be setup? Perhaps someone in those communities needs to come to the system, and set it up? Linking a community and generating a code to use.

    How would we stop it being abused?! Do we have to review all “requested” codes?

    I think Facebook would be pretty straightforward, WhatsApp may be more of a problem as it’s not as open to developers.