#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.



Reduce isolation, keep active and healthy during quarantine. Online video platform for live-streamed exercise where multiple users globally can watch, connect and compete with each other and get real-time feedback from a fitness instructor to support and motivate them.

Quarantine can lead to a sedentary and inactive lifestyle, this has both physical and mental health implications whether it is heart disease, joint problems, depression or metabolic disease.

Gyms and parks are closed, fitness classes discontinued, online videos lack variety and apps lack intuitive feedback. The pain points are now even more real!

I am a doctor, passionate about healthy lifestyle modifications. My idea is to build an online video platform where users can exercise together, watch (think Twitch!) and compete (think Peloton!) with each other using their biometric devices in an accessible, interactive and inclusive community. Live-streamed classes will be led by fitness instructors who are watching and providing feedback to users in real-time, to keep them motivated and supported.

By removing the barriers to exercise, we will tackle isolation and empower individuals to take control over their health and wellbeing in quarantine and beyond!

This scalable solution can be implemented using webRTC or out of the box video platform, main thing is UX/UI and integrating biometric APIs. Obviously the list of functional/non-functional requirements won’t be exhaustive at MVP stage but if successful, the platform can be multifunctional, with some aspects automated and can deliver group therapy, meditation, education, entertainment, etc at a time where virtual has become the new reality.

Pardon the really basic <wireframe attached to give a visual representation.

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  • Luciana Bruscino commented
    04 Apr 02:10

    Hi, every interesting idea. I am a backend developer, architect, entrepreneur. You reached out for my assistant. I would love to join the team. I am in the USA, Eastern Standard Time zone.

  • Amy Sheon commented
    03 Apr 20:09

    Great idea. Make sure to consider the needs of those who are not connected electronically, e.g. no mobile or broadband.

    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

  • Namrata Rastogi commented
    03 Apr 17:24

    Love this idea! I'm a family medicine doctor and fitness enthusiast. Have won a couple of hackathons and ran a health-tech start-up. Would be thrilled to contribute.

  • Jin Jin commented
    03 Apr 02:59

    Great idea.
    And very essential in this pandemic crisis.

  • Sarah L commented
    02 Apr 15:37

    You may want to consider gamifying htis by having it track those who are most active during these time periods via their fitbit, garmin, googlefit info... I can offer you the digi.me SDK's to make integration with these quicker than going native and handling the personal data access issues for you as well. https://developer.digi.me for the documentation and links to get started. The SDK's are on github and support is through our slack channels. Just thinking what will help make it sticky. :)

  • Sarah Griffiths commented
    02 Apr 08:14

    Hi... I would love to contribute to this project, it sounds great!

    I don't know how you are thinking about doing it. I have experience with frameworks but only for web app development but i know it is possible to use django for mobile app development and might be an easy/nice way to organise the back end although you may have better ideas. also does anyone have access to data from biometric devices - I myself do not have a fitbit or anything but im guessing the data is in csv format?

  • Tae Hyun Hwang commented
    01 Apr 17:50

    If I may add, for people who could not afford computers/ipads/mobile device and/or not accessible WIFI, cellular networks.

    How we can also help those people without IT infra? maybe old ways? papers/magagine/notebook/etc?

  • Nora Nock commented
    01 Apr 05:16

    hi, great concept! Would like to partner to expand to provide other resources to enable exercise alone as well as nutritional, sleep and mediation/yoga resources.

    Thank you,


  • Will commented
    31 Mar 21:04

    Definitely interested (a bit of a cheerier/easier to see a path for, than my "Capture and Present Better Data on Testing Rates" post)

    I've been looking around a bit at options for more flexible types of video session arranged around activities for meetup groups, but video apps are totally new to me - been looking at existing apps +webRTC, nothing built though.

  • Sahil Chaudhary commented
    31 Mar 18:30

    The idea sounds really good.

    I would love to contribute, i have experience with video streaming apps using webRTC.