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Together apart: Lending Amii’s AI expertise to the world’s first pandemic hackathon

Amii has joined the fight against COVID-19 by lending our support and expertise to CODEVID-19.

This globally-focused hackathon encourages the rapid creation of tools and solutions specifically for solving new problems arising as the world adapts to the COVID-19 pandemic. Produced by the Dev Edmonton Society, the hackathon launched in Edmonton early last week and has grown to include participants from more than ten countries.

The objective is simple: to improve the quality of life of people worldwide during the pandemic. The Dev Edmonton Society believes that fostering rapid development of pandemic solutions is crucial, and by bringing developers, researchers, and domain experts together they can reach their goal of creating useful and sustainable applications that can help the world.

Hackathons provide a ground floor from which teams can imagine, design and innovate. CODEVID-19 seeks to be a catalyst for creating some of the key resources that will be used the world over in the weeks to come. The CODEVID Slack workspace has more than 1,200 active members from across the globe collaborating together.

Amii is proud to offer our expertise in support of this amazing initiative. Our research teams will provide insights to participants to help them better understand how to leverage AI and machine learning as part of their work. We’ll deliver a series of workshops – led by Amii Scientists and Fellows – to explore the use of AI in medical applications and to highlight some of the key considerations teams need to make as they build AI into their applications.

The purpose of the hackathon ultimately isn’t to win prizes, but to build useful apps that people can use to manage and survive during the COVID-19 pandemic. What started in Edmonton, Canada as a discussion amongst developers on the Dev Edmonton Society Slack has exploded into a global initiative to improve people’s quality of life and ease the impacts of the pandemic.

Do your part and join the fight now!


One of Canada’s three centres of AI excellence as part of the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy, Amii (the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute) is an Alberta-based non-profit institute that supports world-leading research in artificial intelligence and machine learning and translates scientific advancement into industry adoption. Amii grows AI capabilities through advancing leading-edge research, delivering exceptional educational offerings and providing business advice – all with the goal of building in-house AI capabilities.

Learn more at www.amii.ca.