Day 1 Wrap Up - COVID-19 Global Hackathon 1.0

Hey everyone,

Wow, what a start! We’re so thrilled that more than 10,000 innovators have come together to #BuildforCOVID19. With hundreds of projects already submitted we are off to a great start!

As the first day comes to a close, we wanted to share a few notes on:

(1) Some programming we have planned for Friday.

(2) What to do if you need help on your next step.

Happening Tomorrow, Friday March 27th:

Stay tuned to #hackathon-announcements channel for all the latest updates on what to expect on Day 2.  We will be letting you know about events as they happen, and of course - this is a hackathon - so if you are organizing content and want to invite people email!  

11:00am - 11:30am PST: Raylene Yung the Head of US Digital Response ( and former engineering leader from Stripe will speak with Sam Lessin co-organizer of the Hackathon about what her organization is prioritizing in responding to the COVID-19 Crisis and why [link to be posted tomorrow].

1:00pm - 2:00pm PST: Hack Club will be hosting an ask-me-anything conversation with Chris Cox, the former Head of Product for Facebook & Zach Latta, founder of Hack Club. We’ll be livestreaming the chat via YouTube to all hackathon participants [link to be posted tomorrow].

8:00am - 5:00pm PST: AWS will be hosting office hours in the #aws-support channel with advice from AWS Solution Architects about building on AWS.

If You Need Help On Your Next Step:

Looking for Teammates?

Our slack community is a great resource.  If you need more targeted help, fill out the Project Help Questionnaire to share more about your project & what you’re looking for and we will try to help! 

Need an Idea?

Check out our list of Project Ideas by theme, which includes contributions from organizations like World Health Organization, UNICEF, UN Women and more.  Also check out the projects other people have submitted so far here.

Looking for Resources & Data Sets?

We are constantly adding to our collection of notable resources here if you have suggestions of what we should add let us know!  

Want Feedback?

Don’t forget there is a lot of chatter on Slack and ways to engage with other participants across participating companies!

Finally, even in the last day it has been awesome to see organizations like Salesforce, Twilio and AWS join the hackathon! Thank you to them and all the other great companies and organizations engaged in this event.

Looking forward to day 2 of the event!


Sam and the Covid-19 Global Hackathon Team