Inspiration

Last year was a tough year for my whole family. My grandmother and my uncle passed away from Hepatitis E. This is another virus that has 30M infection with 44,000 casualties and NO Cure available. I was trying to find how this kind of illness spread using our expertise in global travel. Suddenly the COVID-19 threat comes out, and it was much more intense then what I was working on. Some of my family members and employee in China got affected by it. My development team and many volunteers joined this not for profit effort to build this global, nonintrusive, secure and distributed surveillance system for pandemics so we can find threats in realtime with the network of experts without centralized command and control. I, team leader Abhay, have expertise in global payment systems and global transportation ticketing system, which inspires me to use that to create a reliable system using existing infrastructure.

What it does

Users download the specific application, or our front end API can integrate with social media or other popular apps like Facebook and it creates a secure, anonymous ID. We call it "Health Passport" ( using a blockchain type of technology called IOTA ). Users can share anonymous health information and can share this ID with doctors or other experts. The doctor can see and share with a network of researchers and scientists. They can collectively decide if there is a real threat emerging, and they can issue different levels of warning or alerts. We call it the "Global Health Visa" protocol. We also connect this network with payment infrastructure with the help of VISA, Mastercard, Union pay etc. In case of a situation like COVID-19, experts can invoke a global surveillance protocol that will enable all the payment systems to send moment information of people with marked ID.

How we built it

We have an existing foundation of the In-Motion platform that my team has build over the last four years. Using a lot of technologies like node js, android, iOS, IOTA, angular, and cloud with great talented programmers in the hackathon, we have created APPs, Doctors portal, and location tracking using QR code scan at the retail. Most parts of the system were built using production-ready technologies, and some new one requires time to test and scale, which will implement the whole concept.

Challenges we ran into

Building the team with the chaotic global pool was difficult. It was hard to work on multiple timezones. As usual, time is short, and without physical presense, it was hard to keep a tab on all the tasks. The video was a hard thing for the technologist to build.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

The team has put all the pieces together in record time. Some of the extraordinarily talented and creative people helped us to shape the concept. We were able to see the full big picture and while doing sharp execution.

What we learned

There are many great people with amazingly talented and driven personalities who come together to solve a big problem. It was hard to believe before that. we can build a great product and concept in this way, and it was wonderful learning.

What's next for Face Pandemic.

We were working on this before the hackathon. After experiencing the energy and spirit of collaboration of the great people, we want to complete this concept and make it real.

There are over two dozen people who are building the idea of tracking the location and self-declaration of infection by the responsible community members. But the real challenge is to make a long term solution that fixes today's and tomorrow's pandemic problems. Using the global existing payment system infrastructure and transportation ticketing, we can do it better and in a sustainable way. We are confident with the support from Facebook, WHO, and others; We can save millions of lives.

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