How can we improve the distribution of resouces so they reach where they are most needed? Is it possible to stay one step ahead of the virus?
How can we reactivate the economy without running the risk of relaunching the spiral of viral infections and going back to the starting point?
We believe that it is essential to engage every smartphone user to collect a relatively small amount of data, in a completely anonymous way, from the largest amount of people. Not locally, but on a global scale. This data complements other sources.
Yes, of course. Those who use traffic navigation apps know that these systems only work thanks to the individual contributions of millions of users. They are also global systems.
Yes, too much of it. Here are some glaring examples:
Basically we propose an anonimous guide/survey that can be completed from a smartphone. We would only collect a device identifier and use it in encrypted form solely to detect duplicates. At the end of the survey, advice would be provided to the user based on a risk factor that would be calculated using predictive models. These models would use both the information provided in the individual survey as well as information in all other surveys (this is similar to detecting a traffic jam based on information provided by many drivers)
You can see a prototype in the following YouTube video.
Through Machine Learning techniques it would be possible to predict where new infection focal points are emerging even before the medical professionals got to know about it. Having just a few days advance notice can be of great help when it comes to implementing localized social distancing measures or redirecting additional medical resources where it is known that demand will increase.
Reactivating the economy necessarily implies reducing movement restrictions and opening borders. The big challenge that nobody talked about yet is how to reopen borders and at the same time avoid that infections start shooting up again due to "imported cases" perhaps from places where it was not possible to bring the disease under control yet.
Data collected from a truly global survey would help us understand better which borders can be open and which ones require special treatment. In a similar manner we could identify smaller geographies with low risk of infection (perhaps because a large number of people already had the illness) and therefore eliminate all forms of restriction or do so in a controlled manner.
In many different ways and we would recognize this both in this web site and in the app itself. We only ask that they do not try to appropriate the initiative not the data collected.
In two major ways:
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We are a group of volunteers who took part in the Hackathon against covid. We are normal people with a day job who offered our expertise and experience during a weekend to create something that could help. From that initiative everything else is following.
We do not seek financial gain and the itention is that nobody else does it either. This includes private enterprises and governments. The is for the common good.
It stands to reason that any initiative that can help with the health emergency and/or reactivation of the economy should be taken very seriously. Together we are stronger.