With the global epidemic of covid-19 caused by new coronavirus, science and technology enterprises have launched crisis response programs. In addition to encouraging employees to work from home, some giants also hope to find solutions to various problems.Take IBM, which just announced the code global challenge. In addition, Amazon cloud computing department also announced the AWS diagnostic development plan, and reserved $20 million in the form of points to encourage and support relevant technical teams to create better diagnostic tools.
Teresa Carlson of Amazon wrote in a blog: "one of the problems we urgently need to solve is the development of tools that can quickly and accurately diagnose covid-19. Better diagnosis is conducive to epidemic prevention and treatment, so as to shorten the epidemic.
Amazon hopes that the customer diagnostic tool project supported by AWS can be put into the market faster and encourages relevant teams to work together. In addition, the company announced the formation of an advisory group of scientists and health policy experts to assist enterprises involved in the project.
For IBM, the blue giant is focusing its 2020 global code collection challenge on epidemic prevention and control beyond the global climate change issue. For example, through the construction of open source tools, to deal with the increasingly severe situation of new coronavirus epidemic.
IBM said that the epidemic in a short period of time exposed the limitations of the system that we had assumed. To this end, the company calls for the development of three broad categories of open source technology solutions, namely crisis communication in emergency situations, ways to improve distance learning, and how to stimulate community cooperation.
At present, with the global epidemic of new coronavirus, people in many areas are forced to work in isolation at home. IBM hopes that developers can focus on this important task and help solve some of them.
In the extreme period of economic and social turbulence, enterprises, academia and government obviously need to cooperate more closely than usual. IBM's and Amazon's initiatives are just a few of them.