Cc-Hub Joins Effort to Combat Coronavirus as Facebook, Google and Other Social Platforms Partner to Battle Misinformation
Nigerian based tech hub, Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) has joined efforts to find an innovative solution to tackle the Covid-19 virus ravaging the world’s economy.
The hub made the announcement on a web post calling for applications from entrepreneurs who have innovative solutions that could help in reversing the spread of the virus.
Global social media companies joining the battle against Covid-19
Similarly, global social media companies Facebook, Twitter, Google, Reddit, LinkedIn, Microsoft and YouTube have partnered to battle the spread of misinformation concerning the virus.
The companies efforts towards fight virus misinformation were disclosed in a joint industry statement posted on Facebook’s Newsroom.
This announcement follows a declaration by the Director-General of the World Health Organization that misinformation about the virus is as dangerous as the virus itself.
“We’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic. Fake news spreads faster and more easily than this virus, and is just as dangerous.”Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director general of the World Health Organization
Funding Innovative solutions tackling the Virus
Since the coronavirus pandemic broke out a few months ago, companies, foundations and billionaires like Bill Gates have invested in various ways to find solutions in the changing ecosystem caused by the virus.
While Nigeria’s Cc-Hub is the latest to join the long list globally it appears to be the first investor in the country to join efforts to battle against the virus.
There have been three confirmed cases of coronavirus in Nigeria.
The hub is calling for entrepreneurs who are already working on projects or have a solution that can tackle the virus to apply to the hub for support.
Cc-Hub is looking to help them scale up their solutions with available resources from CcHub including funds and provision of research and design support via its Design Lab
“In light of the Coronavirus pandemic and its related consequences in other sectors of various economies across the globe, CcHub is looking to fund and provide research and design support, via our Design Lab, for Covid-19 related projects.Extract CcHub Post
Areas the hub is looking to invest in include last-mile communication, and local production of essential medical supplies, support for the infected and the most vulnerable in society. It would also provide support for the food value-chain from producers to consumers in the event of movement restrictions.
However, the hub said its investment is not limited to the areas listed above. Therefore any innovative idea can be pitched. It also said the projects can be focused on a particular African country, the continent or the world at large.
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