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Alberta Innovates and Mark Diner host a month-long Hackathon


What comes to mind when you think of hackers. Probably not individuals on a quest to document the trajectory of the most prevalent news story of our time…

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the topic of conversation for months, but now students, economists, data scientists and everyday people are engaged in Hackathon. These individuals and teams are in a race to better understand the COVID-19 pandemic through data.

Hackathon is a one month contest mounted by Alberta Innovates and Cybera designed to tap into the province’s strength in data science. Open to students, from high school to post-secondary, and everyday citizens that have a passion for data and want to solve a problem, Hackathon invites people and teams to submit their creative ideas for how to flatten the coronavirus curve and restore the economy.

Tony King spoke with the director of the Alberta Data Institute, Mark Diner, about the Hackathon project.

Alberta Data Institute’s Hackathon is an initiative designed to have individuals and teams, from all walks of life, compete in creating a visualization aimed at flattening the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit Alberta Innovates for more information on the contest and to see who claims the prizes.