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CARIBBEAN YOUTH #HACKZIKA! Several Promising Web and mobile applications created

With a call for varied sections of society to join the fight against the Zika Virus and other vector borne diseases, and just a day after Jamaica launched its open data portal, local Civic Tech Organization, Slashroots Foundation in collaboration with the Caribbean Open Institute, Mona School of Business Management, the Ministry of Health and other international partners hosted the successful Zika Hackathon this past weekend (June 25-26) in Kingston, Jamaica. The event which follows the recent Developing the Caribbean Conference and Code sprint (DevCa 2016) in May encouraged teams of Engineers, Designers, Entrepreneurs and other problem solvers across the Caribbean region to interact with data and find meaningful solutions to protect communities against the Zika Virus-to #HackZika. With close to 30 tech enthusiasts in seven teams, a diverse audience and other persons from across the region joining the social media conversations, teams utilized open data provided by the Ministry of Health through the newly launch Government of Jamaica Open Data Portal and the geospatial data from Mona GeoInformatics Institute to build web and mobile solutions to assist the public in combating the spread of the Zika Virus. After a challenging 24 hours and enthusiastic presentations, the Trafalgar Travel sponsored three member team of Christopher Derrell, Lewainne Vidal and Jonathan Cooper, competing as team Solve, emerged the winners of the DevCa Zika resilience challenge.  Their application, an interactive voice and text enabled solution; DocBot asks users several screening questions, offer a diagnosis and shares recommended actions for treatment and recovery from the Zika

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