GUANGZHOU, China, March 25, 2020/PRNewswire=KYODO JBN/--
- WeChat to Participate in COVID-19 Global Hackathon to Support the World
Health Organisation -
WeChat, China's most used social platform, on Wednesday announced it is
partnering with major technology platforms including Facebook and Microsoft to
invite developers to a global hackathon in order to help the fight against the
coronavirus pandemic with technology.
WeChat is joining with industry peers to launch the COVID-19 Global Hackathon
starting March 26, 2020, which invites developers to build locally or globally
focused software solutions that tackle the challenges related to the pandemic
as identified by the World Health Organization.
The initiative adds to the ongoing efforts by WeChat and its developer
community in coming up with creative technological solutions including mini
programs and health codes to help billions battle the COVID-19 outbreak in
China and shift life online.
WeChat, owned by Tencent Holdings, provides a host of essential services
ranging from instant messaging, infotainment to payment within one app.
Leveraging its large user base of more than 1.16 billion, WeChat has played a
crucial role in promoting public awareness about COVID-19 and digitalising
public services in China rapidly. Over 1,000 mini programs in municipal
services, healthcare and education were recently generated, while the Tencent
Health Code became the most used e-path for verifying health and travel history
in China, with 10 billion total visits since February.
Innovators around the world are invited to #BuildforCOVID19 using technologies
of their choice, including WeChat's mini program - a vibrant ecosystem within
the WeChat app with more than 300 million daily active users.
Developers are asked to submit their projects on Devpost before March 30. The
major themes inviting submissions include healthcare, vulnerable populations'
daily needs, business challenges, community and social relations, education,
and entertainment. For more details, visit
WeChat, known as Weixin in China, envisions and innovates new ways for people
and enterprises to connect, communicate and share. Launched in January 2011,
WeChat empowers users in fun and dynamic ways, bringing together messaging,
infotainment and payment in one seamless, interactive experience, whilst also
allowing merchants to engage with their community through key functions such as
Moments, Official Accounts, Mini Programs, and WeChat Pay. As at December 2019,
WeChat had 1.16 billion users across more than 200 countries around the world.
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