I’ve been following the news and discussing the Coronavirus epidemic almost non-stop this week. Here in Switzerland we planned to celebrate Open Data Day with an energy-themed hackathon this weekend. Despite already having received permission from the health authorities, the increasing concerns and cancellations have us shifting into Plan B.
I believe the Open Knowledge network has an opportunity here to show itself this weekend in the best light. We are all about making the world a more connected place and overcome frustrations.
I’m inspired by all of you here, especially the many of you who continue to commit time and resources to the world’s critical challenges - including that of providing fact checking, data and guidance for the public health community. So if you have any suggestions of how you plan to make the most of the occasion while staying at home or in the office, please share them!
Let’s not let the crisis overshadow our celebrations. And stay safe!