“cohack” hackathon is organized by Executive Yuan and American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), implemented by Board of Science and Technology, Executive Yuan, co-organized by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Welfare, National Development Council, and National Center for High-performance Computing, and executed by Institute for Informational Industry. The “cohack” hackathon themes include six different categories: Managing community resources, Making smooth transition to the new world after the pandemic, Protecting the vulnerable groups, Predicting future pandemic outbreaks by the lessons this time, Supporting front-line staff and essential workers, and Establishing proper data-driven risk communication. In the short 8-day registration period, 53 teams of 215 people from Taiwan, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Hungary, and Japan submitted their proposals. These experts from different fields around the world joined “cohack” and came up with brilliant solutions.
Team “Autonomy” designed the neighborhood public health forecasting tool that works by merging local, institutional, and governmental data with information provided by individuals to create graphical forecasts of local health in a privacy-respecting manner. By enabling mass participation in public health, it can be an early warning system that helps citizens to recognize potential risks at specific locales; it can be a danger assessor that gives government leaders data-driven advice on public health decisions; and it can be an analytic research tool that collects and analyzes local data from around the world.
2. Gemini Data
Team “Gemini Data” designed the interactive data visualization tool, Gemini Explore, can be used to process epidemic information collected by the public health department and generate interactive graph data to help the public health department and epidemic investigation staff effectively control the relationship between the patients and their surroundings. With Gemini Explore, you can quickly communicate with the local health centers, police stations, social workers, and neighborhood units to formulate action strategies and reduce infection effectively.
3. LogBoard Front-line support
Team “LogBoard Front-line support” proposed the system that records the health information of patients before they arrive at hospitals, focuses on solving the dilemma that most patients cannot clearly remember or describe their symptoms. By using the one-time link and the dashboard, you can visualize patients’ life history to improve the efficiency and accuracy of their diagnosis and treatment.
4. Interdisciplinary laboratory
Team “Interdisciplinary laboratory” designed the integrated platform of rescue package. The applicants can search application process, competent authority, and contact person of rescue package from our platform. Meanwhile, we except to produce the digital guidance of social welfares as an advanced service. Citizens affected by the epidemic can check the relief plan, medical service, temporary shelter etc., in our digital guidance.
5. Digital Epidemic Prevention System (TeamsEP), WiAdvance
Team “WiAdvance” designed the system aims to help the frontline medical workers stay on top of the condition of the quarantined people, including body temperature, physiological symptoms, and immediate alerts of the quarantined people violate any rules. In order to follow The Personal Data Protection Act and keep the accuracy of tracing system ,we detect the quarantined people whether there is any irregularity and record the movement track of indoor and outdoor via mobile Wi-Fi signals.
Each team member will receive a “cohack” limited edition TATUNG steam rice cooker, which is awarded by the Taiwanese and U.S. governments jointly and sponsored by Tatung Company. Furthermore, National Center for High-Performance Computing will also present the winning teams with domestic high-quality rice, in order to encourage participants to develop innovative solutions. Also, these digital anti-epidemic solutions will be extensively reported by the multiple ways. In the future, Taiwan will keep sharing our achievements in the field of anti-epidemic technology, and let the global village know the saying, “Stay together, cohack can help!”.