Lady Gaga is calling on “Tech Rock Stars” to come together and build a solution to shut down COVID-19.
In a video message created in partnership with the 2020 IBM Call for Code Global Challenge, Gaga said: “We need you right now during COVID-19 more than ever: your time, your talent, to use technology and data to change the world before the world changes us.” “…So I’m asking you to answer the call, build a solution that fights back, that saves lives…I may have the voice but you’re the tech rock stars.”
As part of the challenge, developers are being asked to submit solutions with a focus on three areas: crisis communications, ways to improve remote learning and how to inspire cooperative local communities. The deadline for submissions is April 27th and the winning solutions will be chosen by May 5th, with deployment beginning May 15th.
Prior to her Call for Code appeal, Lady Gaga made the late night talk show rounds to promote another coronavirus effort: the Global Citizen/World Health Organization One World: Together at Home concert. Gaga, who helped curate the event, is one of several superstars who will be part of the April 18th show, which will also include appearances from Lizzo, Paul McCartney, Elton John, J Balvin, Kacey Musgraves and many more.
Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert will serve as hosts for the special, which will air on each of their respective networks, NBC, ABC and CBS, as well as several others channels and streaming services.