Neo4j Graphs4Good Honored with Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Award

We are incredibly thrilled to announce that Neo4j’s Graphs 4 COVID-19 “GraphHack” initiative has received two honorable mentions in the AI & Data and Software categories of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards! This is the second time Neo4j’s Graphs4Good initiative has been honored by Fast Company.

Fast Company honored Neo4j with honorable mentions for our Graph’s 4 COVID-19 “GraphHack.”

The awards honor products, concepts, companies, policies, and designs that are pursuing innovation for the good of society and the planet. The contest, now in its fifth year, has honored everything from large companies’ sustainability initiatives to clever consumer products to groundbreaking government policies.

Graphs 4 COVID-19 “GraphHack”

The Graphs 4 COVID-19 “GraphHack” initiative launched as a result of the pandemic and escalating spread of the virus. The global economy and healthcare infrastructure systems have been impacted in an unimaginable way over the past year. We have never needed the support of one another as much as we’ve needed it over this last year and a half.

The hackathon was about unity, collaboration, and positive contribution, and ultimately… establishing how we can work together to help the world! From March 26 to April 15, 2020, Neo4j invited the community – including developers, data scientists, researchers, and other practitioners around the world – to collaborate and help fight against the spread of COVID-19.

Providing resources and support, Neo4j saw various projects related to the global pandemic, including ones on disease, vaccine, and drug research, contact tracing, misinformation graphs, and much more.

Neo4j’s Graphs4Good Program

The initiative was launched through Neo4j’s Graphs4Good Program, which was established in 2018 with a goal of helping the world make sense of data. With this program, developers around the world are given access to Neo4j’s open source tool and are connected with others who work with data so they’re more effective and successful. Through Graphs4Good, developers are:

    • Provided with access to our commercial offerings at no cost
    • Given the mentorship they need to get started
    • Connected with like-minded people
    • Given access to useful datasets
    • Provided with support to showcase their work and get the word out

Graphs 4 COVID-19 Projects

Below are just some of the projects that have been launched as a result of this initiative:

Contact Tracing: In the canton of Geneva, Switzerland, the Office of the Surgeon General collects all results from laboratories performing SARS-CoV-2 testing.

Covid Graph: DZD and researchers connecting COVID-19 publications to drug repurposing.

Project Domino: COVID-19 intervention project tracking misinformation to educate local communities.

Hume-Covid: Using GraphAware, Hume for COVID identifies people at risk using contact tracing, suggesting who should be informed or quarantined, and more.

Swiss Scientific COVID-19 Task Force: Swiss Government Task Force with academic and industry experts fighting COVID-19.

Neoris “Health Check” App: Using data visualization to track health and wellbeing of employees.

KINEVIZ: Graph visualization to explore developing publicly available data on COVID-19.

Tracemission: Hackathon project tracking where and how long people were in public places.

We’d like to give a shout out to everyone in our community who participated in this project to make the world a better and safer place. We wouldn’t be here without you!

Want to learn more about Neo4j’s Graphs4Good, Graphs 4 COVID-19 project offering support to application developers looking to make a difference, visit the site page.

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