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Featuring leaders from

#CodeforCovid19 to build a better future

In a time of great uncertainty, disruption, and isolation, how can technology keep us connected and help the world get better, and emerge stronger, together to a brighter future?

Better solutions aren’t born in isolation but out of great collaboration. This collaboration has been the essence of all human innovation. This is why - now more than ever - we need to find ways to come together as innovators, leaders, and empathetic human beings.

It is how we will face the uncertainties of tomorrow. It is our key to shaping a healthier world.And it is our best chance to build a better future.

At this critical juncture in the global response to the unprecedented fallout of COVID-19, HCL Technologies and Microsoft present the Better Health Hackathon: #CodeForCOVID19 to engage a global community of talented, purpose-driven and passionate tech innovators and developers - harnessing their creativity, digital skills and entrepreneurial spirit to inspire solutions that address immediate concerns and long-term global challenges to better prepare for current and potential pandemic-related problems.

#CodeForCovid19 Themes

#CodeForCovid19 crowdsources innovation from the brightest technology brains for tangible solutions to drive better outcomes for us all, across the entire life-cycle of the global response to Covid19 through problem statements addressing pandemic prevention and containment, community enablement, crisis communication, accelerated vaccine discovery and clinical trials, protection for essential workers, remote healthcare and virtual productivity, and solutions for reopening of economies safeguarding public well-being.

Prevention & containment: #Stay-at-home

How can technology aid efforts to #FlattenTheCurve by offering a better quality of life to encourage people to #StayAtHome, preventing the overload of healthcare systems through behaviors that minimize the risk of community spread.

Diagnosis, treatment & therapeutic management

Help better protect and equip frontline healthcare workers and first responders, and enable those working towards treatments and cures for COVID-19 through ways to accelerate drug discovery, testing and clinical trials for vaccine development.

Recovery and return to normal

How can technology safeguard communities that will return to workplaces, mass transit systems, public spaces, dining & retail outlets as well as gradually into sports arenas, cinemas, theatres and concerts.

Systemic solutions for crisis & pandemic management

Ideate innovative uses for next-gen technologies to better plan for the long term implications of COVID-19 and better prepare for future global pandemic-related challenges across healthcare and public services ecosystems.

Advisory and Judging Panel

Providing mentorship and guidance will be academics and influencers from institutions such as Johns Hopkins, Cambridge University, Tuck School of Business, International SOS and subject matter experts & thought leaders from Merck and co., Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina, and more industry leaders from the Life sciences and healthcare, joined by technology disruptors from HCL and Microsoft.

Dr. Jessica Gallagher

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship)

The University of Queensland

Sally Ann Frank

Health & Life Sciences IoT Advisor, Global Black Belt


Eva Telecka

Hub Lead for IT Risk Management and Security & Liaison Lead for EMEA Region


Dr. Bronwyn King AO

Chief Executive Officer

Tobacco Free Portfolios

Dr. Youseph Yazdi

Executive Director, Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design

Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Greg Jakubowski

Regional Medical Director, Corporate Solutions, Asia

International SOS

Dr. Rahul Kalia

Medical Director, India

International SOS

Dr. Mohamed Zaki

Deputy Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance

University of Cambridge

Dawid Konotey-Ahulu


Redington Ltd, Mallowstreet Ltd

Vaida Cesnuleviciute

Adviser to the President

Office of the President of Lithuania

Lars Gehrmann

Digital Health Venture Architect Wellcare Ecosystem

Zurich Insurance

Dr. Garang M. Dut

Fellow in Health Systems

Australian National University

Vijay Gullapalli, Ph.D

Head of Advanced Analytics

Blue Cross NC

David Pace

Director, Digital Marketing IT


Patrick Wheeler

Executive Director, Center for Digital Strategies

Tuck School of Business

Kris McKinstrey

Director - Digital transformation lead for Global Animal Health & UK AH IT


Waldemar Hummer

Head of Engineering

Zurich Insurance

Parag Karnik

Vice President, Global Head Of Engineering and Operations

Johnson & Johnson

Naveen Valluri

Principal PM Architect in Health AI


Roger Süess

Chief Executive Officer AG

Gerry Lewis

Senior Vice President and CIO


Amitabha Bandyopadhyay

KENT Entrepreneurship and Innovation Chair Professor

IIT Kanpur

Nikhil Aggarwal

Head of Foundation for Innovation & Research in Science & Technology

IIT Kanpur

Pawel Gora

Chief Executive Officer

Quantum AI Foundation

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To learn more and register a team to participate in the Better Health Hackathon: #CodeForCovid19, visit our hackathon platform here.
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