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Mercy mission: Google’s Android engineering chief Dave Burke worked on the Covid contact tracing

Mercy mission: Google’s Android engineering chief Dave Burke worked on the Covid contact tracing

Mercy mission: Google’s Android engineering chief Dave Burke worked on the Covid contact tracing

Dave Burke's natural state is to try and fix things. He used to make robots as a child in Dublin. He once created an entire app on a 12-hour flight.

As Google's VP for engineering on Android, managing a team of 2,700, his fingerprints are all over 3 billion phones and tablets being used every day.

So it may not be a surprise that he recently turned his attention to an urgent problem: Covid-19. He thought he might help stop its spread.