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Friday, May 7 • 11:00 - 11:15
Keynote: COVID Tracker - Testing & Contact Tracing: How Ireland is Battling COVID-19 - Gar Mac Críosta, HSE Lead, Covid Tracker App, Ireland

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COVID-19 hit; country by country the world ground to a halt. We all became familiar with the headline stats, epidemiology became an interesting new profession. The R-number and contact tracing entered our lexicon as things we all knew about. Many countries had started on similar journeys to build systems that could use technology to identify people who are too close for too long where one has COVID-19. Openness and sharing defined the global approach to solving this problem. This presentation tells the story of how in 100 days an app was delivered; we also explore how Irish Government and the Irish Health service leverage CNCF projects in particular Kubernetes to respond to the crisis. The pandemic has also redefined how governments broadly are using OSS technologies to tackle major challenges. It’s a story of rapid decision-making, global collaboration, intense external scrutiny and hopefully redemption.

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Gar Mac Críosta

HSE Lead, Covid Tracker App, Ireland
Gar is the HSE Lead for the COVID Tracker App www.covidtracker.ie a COVID-19 pandemic response app. Since early 2019 Gar has worked as a Digital Advisor to the CIO/COO/CTO in the HSE developing digital strategies to support SláinteCare initiatives. Gar is the Chair of the Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH) Advisory Committee.Prior to that; Gar is th... Read More →

Friday May 7, 2021 11:00 - 11:15 CEST
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