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Online hackathon aims to provide COVID-19 solution

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Cambodian startup discussions last year before virus pandemic. Supplied

The National Institute of Posts, Telecoms & ICT is inviting the public to join this weekend’s hackathon to find a solution to the coronavirus crisis.

NIPTICT will host the event with Impact Hub Phnom Penh and Slash. #HacKHthecrisis is being used to promote the event.

Be Chantra, public relations director of NIPTICT, yesterday said the institute wants to find talented people in the Kingdom to use computer programming against the novel coronavirus.

Mr Chantra said the event will take 48 hours, starting Friday.

“Participants who have teamed up will have 48 hours to build their ideas from scratch to a prototype which can be used as a solution for COVID-19,” he said, noting participants and mentors will be working remotely.

As of yesterday, 40 participants and 28 mentors have registered, Mr Chantra said, adding 23 proposed solutions have been submitted.

He noted prospective participants can still register until 8pm tonight.

“Even though the 48-hour hackathon is too short, we will at least be able to get some clear ideas to fight the virus,” Mr Chantra said. “If any great ideas are selected, we would seek funding and human resources to actualise those ideas.”

“After the mentoring phase, participants can submit their ideas to the Education Ministry’s mobile application competition this month,” he added.

Prom Visal, a co-founder of parking assistance mobile app SomJot, who will participate in the hackathon this weekend, said the event can help Cambodians expand their knowledge, build connections and find a solution to curb coronavirus infections in the Kingdom.

“I will be helping the society if my ideas and solutions are recognised,” Mr Visal added. “I am really pleased to contribute to the country in such a time of emergency.”

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