Forkwell Coronavirus Hack

30 March - 13 April, 202012PM (GMT +8)

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Forkwell Coronavirus Hack

30 March - 13 April, 202012PM (GMT +8)

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Australia, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Canada, Croatia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, Yemen

What is Forkwell Coronavirus Hack ?

It’s a two-week online hackthon that will allow teams to compete by using technology in order to combat the viral outbreak. The hackathon will gather hundreds of software developers and data scientists from around the world to fight against the novel coronavirus, using publicly available datasets and algorithms to come up with relevant solutions. We'll provide you with all the resources and mentors you need to help you work on something ground-breaking.


Final Pitching

CLOSING & Winner's Announcement


Find a candidate drug (ligand) with a high binding affinity with the COVID-19 main protease.

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A few studies have shown that HIV antivirals offer promising results, but this is still an open field of discovery.

  1. Use machine learning to identify a potential candidate, then use docking software to get the binding affinity between it and the main protease.
  2. Write a report that describes your process and results in detail in the form of a jupyter notebook.

Finding a new drug or validating an existing drug are both suitable approaches.


Build web-based or mobile apps to help nations cope with the outbreak.                                         

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WHO has outlined key actions for managing pandemics; testing, tracking, tracing, isolation and quarantine. Governments around the world are applying these key actions to cope with the spread of disease but appear to be inadequate with the scale of the outbreak. We as individuals can play a substantial role in combating this outbreak. With the help of modern technologies, we can realise these actions effectively.

  1. Identify worrying trends by applying AI and Big Data techniques to publicly available datasets.
  2. Propose and develop a prototype that helps nations alleviate these worrying trends.
  3. Showcase your proposal and prototype.

Developing a tool targeted for government, authorities, communities, and individuals are all acceptable. Teams with the winning prototype will automatically get a “wildcard” placement in Sunway iLab’s Super Accelerator program to realise the prototype at scale!

Winning Prize  🏅

1st Winner

  • USD 1000 Cash
  • AWS Credit USD 500
  • DigitalOcean Credit USD 500
  • Wild card to Sunway iLabs

2nd Winner

  • USD 500 Cash
  • AWS Credit USD 300
  • DigitalOcean Credit USD 500

3rd Winner

  • USD 200 Cash
  • AWS Credit USD 100
  • DigitalOcean Credit USD 500

For all Malaysian participants

  • Chances to participate in CREST's TGL (The Great Lab) Grand Design Challenge with funding worth of RM1,500.
  • Chances to be qualified for CREST's incubation program with grant worth up to RM50,000 plus facilitation.
  • Opportunities to apply for CREST's R&D grant with exclusive coaching (the grant with minimum RM100k to RM200k for at least 24 months)

For all participants

  • DigitalOcean Credit USD 100

I'm ready to join and help fight COVID-19  🦠

*Yes, application is still open for the hackathon, please do fill up the form and join the gang over at discord and facebook.
Submit your Github profile here (starting with,
If you are in a team, what's your team name? We'll group your results together with your teammates. If you are individually partaking put "Individual"
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Virtual Mentors

We understand that we all have different levels of skills and experience. We have teamed up with couple of experienced mentors to cater to participants of all skill and experience levels. Book your session with the mentors session agenda. Note that the agenda are still subject to change, and all the session are one to one.

Rules and Regulations

🟡 General

  1. Base guidelines can be found here and on top of that, these rules mentioned here applies.
  2. You have full autonomy on how you structure and architect your project, this includes choice of language, choice of technology and target platform (however, the web is preferred).
  3. You are open to use and depend on any publicly available datasets and open source technologies.
  4. You have full ownership of your project including the option to continue contributing to the project after the event has ended. However, during the period of the event, the project has to be open sourced licensed.

🟡 Submission

  1. Your submission is only considered legitimate when you submit BOTH 15-minute presentation video AND a link to your forked repository off the hackathon kit template repository. 
  2. For team submissions, you are required to display the name and github profile of your team members in the 15-minute presentation video as well as in your projects’ README.

Frequently Asked Questions

🟡 General

What happens at a hack?

Participants spend 2 weeks working in teams of 1-5 people to find a potential cure. There are mentors to guide you along the way. You bring your ideas, and we give you everything you need to make them a reality.

What do participants need to do?

Participants are given two topics to work on, topic 1: Drug Discovery and topic 2: Virus Combat. Once the topic is decided (both is permitted), participants are required to fork the hackathon kit as a starting point to start working on the topic. Upon the submission date, participants are required to submit a link to a 15-minute of presentation video and a link to forked repository in the submission form which will be available on the 14th April 2020.

Do I have to know machine learning / deep learning to participate?

Not entirely! We’ll have publicly available datasets — including a mentorship system — to help participants to get started. As long as you can come up with a solution to find a suitable treatment or prevention.

Who runs the Hack?

The Coronavirus Hack is run by — we’re a team of passionate young individuals, who give support to the builders and writers of today’s technologies.

How will I contact the mentors?

We’ll be providing a list of ‘Virtual Mentors’ with their available time slots.

How do I make a submission?

Upon submitting your registration form, you will be sent a ‘hackathon kit’ email in which further instructions are shared, the email will also include information on the perks from our sponsors, event agendas and mentor schedules.

You  are required to fork the hackathon kit as a starting point to start working on the topic. Upon the submission date, you are required to submit a link to a 15-minute of presentation video and a link to your forked repository in the submission form which will be available on the 14th April 2020.

How will you announce the winners?

We will announce the winners via online conference.

🟡 Applications

Who can apply?

Anybody across the world is welcome to apply, but will need to fill out a form in order to participate.

Can we apply as a team?

You and your teammates should all apply via the registration form individually with the same team name, you are encouraged to include your teammates as collaborators to your forked repository as well as including their profiles in your repository’s README.

What are you looking for in an application?

We look for passion. Tell us why you care about the coronavirus and how you believe technology can help combat it. We want to know what’ll drive you to start and continue hacking. If you have any feedback about the hack, we’d love to hear about that too and help bring this good cause to light!

🟡 Hacking

What if I don’t have a team or idea?

Not to worry, most people don’t! Just your idea alone could help us one step closer to finding a cure for the virus.

⚠️ HELP !!

I don’t want to hack, I want to ________!

If you are interested in being a judge, volunteering, or mentoring, shoot us an email at If your company is interested in becoming a sponsor, check out the sponsorship section below

I didn't find my question here…

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Sponsors & Partners

🟡 Sponsors

Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company with headquarters in Redmond, Washington. It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports, and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services.

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), their mission is the help build a sustainable digital ecosystem that will drive Malaysia's digital economy forward and benefit all Malaysians.

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Championing Malaysia's Digital Economy, through attracting technology investments, supporting local technology champions and helping Malaysian organizations and talent to embrace digital. Fueling a sustainable digital ecosystem that will drive the nation's digital economy forward.

CREST (Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science and Technology) is a catalyst and change agent that drives the growth of Malaysia’s Electrical & Electronics (E&E) industry through market-driven research and talent development.

Learn more about CREST

While CREST is industry led, its member representation is the triple helix of Government, Industry and Academia. CREST focuses on creating a vibrant Research, Development and Commercialisation (R&D&C) ecosystem by promoting collaboration between the Industry and Academia, with support from various Government organisations. Since its incorporation in 2012, CREST has to date 85 registered members and has  supported over 140 R&D projects between industry and academia. To encourage the development of entrepreneurs and small and medium sized companies especially those within the E&E space, CREST manages an incubator called “CREST Place”, which enables the community to ideate, incubate and innovate collaboratively. For more information, please visit

RunCloud is a modern web server panel in managing cloud hosting and web deployment.

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RunCloud has been a global software company since its launch at JomLaunch 4 in 2017, a local developer community event. Despite local launch, RunCloud clientele now is about 80% outside of Malaysia, scattered around more than 80 countries just within two years. RunCloud goal is to simplify the server management for developers and businesses by providing a solution in the form of software-as-a-service (SaaS).

The users can subscribe monthly or yearly; which enables them to configure, secure, and manage their cloud servers. More than 25 thousand users have already benefited by using RunCloud. With a clear roadmap laid out, more features soon to be developed as add-ons and also the main feature, which can improve the current product selling proposition and capture the new market.

As part of simplifying server management, RunCloud seeks beyond server management. RunCloud aims to be able to enhance server performance, security, and enable automated cloud server monitoring without human intervention, which is possible via Artificial Intelligence. RunCloud currently in the best interest to explore the capability of Artificial Intelligence within Cloud Computing space as part of its product growth plan.

🟡 Community Partners

DigitalOcean, Inc. is an American cloud infrastructure provider headquartered in New York City with data centers worldwide. DigitalOcean provides developers cloud services that help to deploy and scale applications that run simultaneously on multiple computers.

Amazon Web Services is a subsidiary of Amazon that provides on-demand cloud computing platforms and APIs to individuals, companies, and governments, on a metered pay-as-you-go basis.

Sunway iLabs aims to foster entrepreneurship and stimulate market-driven innovations, to help entrepreneurs become more competitive in this rapidly changing environment.

Learn more about Sunway iLabs

Sunway iLabs is a unique, non-profit, smart partnership between a large conglomerate, a Venture Capital unit, and a University (Sunway Group, Sunway Ventures/ SunSea Capital and Sunway University).

It is well connected with the wider start-up ecosystem in Malaysia and abroad through collaborations and strategic partnerships, to enable entrepreneurs to scale their business faster.

A WHO recognized community-based project, powered by over 2,500 volunteers from across the globe, ranging from data scientists, medical professionals, UI/UX designers, fullstack developers, to the general public.

A tech institute that provides in-demand skills training in the areas of data science, digital marketing, and full stack web programming.

Learn more about LEAD

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SIGNATE is an AI development platform and an operating company that allows data scientists and AI engineers from around the world to compete for optimal models and ideas for AI development and data analysis issues of companies and governments.

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We provide one-stop solutions for competition-type AI development, algorithm operation, and re-learning after development, as well as the cultivation and recruitment of rapidly evolving AI human resources.

AI Geeks is collaborative community working towards spreading AI knowledge and linking technology professionals, entrepreneurs and recruiters.

Learn more about AI Geeks

At present, AI Geeks objectives are to spread the knowledge of ongoing research and recent developments in AI. Connect individuals with startups and enterprises to explore career opportunities. Provide guidance by publishing policy research on the latest technologies which include AI implementation. Lastly, to collaborate and work on innovative ideas brought further by community members.

AI Pilipinas is a community group for Filipinos who are willing to help contribute and learn together Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence.

Learn more about AI Pilipinas

Helping the community to develop skills that can either be used for research purposes and/or developing applied solutions. This group was started in 2017 and was formerly named TensorFlow and Machine Learning Philippines Community. We promote a collaborative exchange of knowledge, best practices, and tips in applying machine learning between AI researchers, engineers, and industry experts to help flourish the community and making the Philippines recognized leaders and experts in AI.

Interested in sponsoring our initiative? Want more information?
Shoot us an email at  💌