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ACS launches ‘Flatten the Curve’ hackathon as part of response to COVID-19 Featured

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The Australian Computer Society has called for “daring and innovative ideas” for its online 'Flatten the Curve' hackathon taking place over 48 hours from next Thursday 9 April, as part of the society’s response to the COVID-19.

The society - the professional association for Australia’s technology sector - says the hackathon will be administered by its Head of Data Science, Steve Nouri, with the event running until Saturday 11 April, so it doesn’t impact participants’ Easter Sunday.

The ACS says there are roles for participants, mentors, and administrators.

“We are looking for daring and innovative ideas to help Australia to flatten the curve and emerge stronger from the current difficult situation caused by the Coronavirus,” said ACS Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Johnson.

“For working prototypes, #flattenthecurvehack needs a strong, diverse community. That means people with very different perspectives and abilities. You do not need to be a programmer or hacker to contribute.”

The hackathon is open for participants, volunteers and challenges, with the ACS taking submissions on the challenges faced in the current pandemic by individuals and society from all areas of the community, and to be submitted through the #flattenthecurvehack website.

“Participants wanting to work together with others on a creative solution for a current challenge in the context of the COVID-19 crisis and make a meaningful contribution to society are also welcomed. The event is open to all, including motivated hackers, creatives, problem-solvers and developers,” the ACS said in a statement.

“Mentors wanting to join can also register through the website. ACS is looking for mentors from all sectors, particularly those with expertise in a range of fields including Design Thinking and Creativity Methods, IT, Data, Web Design and Multimedia, Business Modelling, Presentation and Pitching.

Registration for all roles and challenges in the hackathon are open now through flattenthecurvehack.acs.org.au and close on 9 April at 9.59am.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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