Worldwide Blockchain And AI Communities To Produce Over 100 potential solutions to Aide Coronavirus Pandemic

· Over 1,100 participants from 99 countries registered for COVIDathon, DAIA’s 1st hackathon, aimed to leverage AI for social impact
· Winners used blockchain and AI technologies in proposals including supply chain solution, disease monitoring app, displaying real-world uses for emerging technologies
· Reach of +275,000 people, with the networks of 10+ partner organizations
· Two of the winning teams are all-female teams.

COVIDathon, the hackathon by Decentralized Artificial Intelligence Alliance (DAIA), announces winners, which have been selected after 10 weeks from 100 proposals.

Organized by Ocean Protocol and SingularityNET, the online competition, tagged as the world’s first decentralized AI hackathon, aimed to develop tools, supported by medical, AI, and blockchain experts, to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects were judged on their idea creativity and practicality, successful implementation of solution, and the potential value and real-world impact the solution would have in the current pandemic and top proposals will go on to be leveraged by the medical community and governing bodies.

SingularityNET CEO Dr. Ben Goertzel says, “The 1100+ AI and blockchain developers who dedicated their time and expertise to engage in the COVIDathon are an irrefutable proof that the time for decentralized, privacy-preserving AI has come. It was also exciting to see the diversity of the COVIDathon community, with participants from all over the globe and 2 of the winning teams being all-female. The dramatic success we’ve seen with the COVIDathon increases my optimism that the herculean task of rolling out decentralized AI to guide humanity toward a more democratic and beneficial future may actually be achievable!

“With a hundred proposals from around the globe, I’m heartened to see the crypto-community working together to build tools and solutions that can help tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. The range and quality of the proposals is particularly impressive, with many hitting specific needs identified by public health officials and epidemiologists,” remarks Ocean Founder Bruce Pon.

NTH Opinion Co-Founder and Cardiologist, Dr. Roger Ng, MD stated, “COVID-19 is the perfect invisible enemy, fully taking advantage of a system that operates with centralized decision making and moves too slowly. The COVIDathon community is the desperately-needed response of talented people with the unique development skills in AI and decentralized technologies to provide solutions. We see this as the beginning of a much needed technological immune system for the healthcare industry to safeguard against the current SARS-COV-2 virus as well as new pandemics. Decentralizing technologies will be a mainstay to every aspect of medical care ranging from diagnosis, disease mapping, and vaccine discovery. In our new world under a decentralized threat, our ability to move fast and dissipate new outbreaks will be determined by how well we mount our own decentralized response.”

At the time of this release, COVID-19 infection numbers continue to rise, particularly as European countries begin to open their borders and US states relax their social distancing orders. Over 10 million people have been infected worldwide; nearly 5 million have recovered while 500K deaths have been reported. Contact tracing apps are failing to reach mass adoption in almost all countries where they have been launched because of privacy related issues.

The winning projects used emerging technologies like blockchain, federated learning, and DAOs to address the Covid-19 pandemic, in the short-term, and possible future crises. The proposals were built with data security and privacy preservation in mind, demonstrating the efficiency of bottom-up approach and open innovation.

Sentinel AI combines machine learning and blockchain to enable training machine learning models across many nodes. Rewards are based on the quality and quantity of data offered and the resulting improvement to existing models.

The Digital Volunteer platform enables people, businesses and government to work together to assist communities. The hub uses blockchain technology to facilitate easy payment and AI for matching and filterings needs & offers.

FACO offers early diagnosis and monitoring of diseases, like COVID-19. Leveraging AI technologies like federated learning, it can be adopted worldwide by healthcare practitioners to improve the accuracy of diagnostics in a privacy-preserving manner.

Decentralized Pandemic Reserve is a cross-technology solution that hosts an autonomous supply chain consortium that matches individual and manufacturer resources with the areas in most need, easing the stress placed on supply chains in times of global crisis.

The hackathon ran for 68 days during which over 1,100 participants from 99 countries, the top countries being India, United States, and Canada, registered. At close, there were 100 submissions with over 3 hours of demos. The competition was supported by a wide network of organizations and institutions including SafePaths at MIT, Aragon, CryptoChicks and Enigma. With the networks of the 10+ partner organizations, COVIDathon was shared with over 275,000 people.

COVIDathon, hosted on DevPost, officially started on April 1st 2020 and submissions closed on June 7th 2020. The hackathon featured four distinct tracks determined by medical and AI professionals advising the competition: Data Privacy and Sovereignty, Medicine and Epidemiology, Informational and Coping Tools, & Open Innovation. Judging for the winning projects was held by a panel of 16 experts in the fields of medicine, AI, blockchain, and research.

Ocean Protocol pledged 1 Million native tokens for the hackathon winners to support their work against Covid-19. The pledge amount is currently valued at over $120K.

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