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COVIDx - Crowdsourcing wearables, citizen reports, & testing data to crush the COVID-19 curve

COVIDx is a Pandemic Response Platform crowdsourcing wearables, citizen reports, & testing data to crush the COVID-19 curve

Created over 1 year ago
120 Volunteers

About the Project


Our objective is to lower COVID-19’s Rₒ to < 0.5 by 2021. We aim to achieve this with three core developments:

1. Crowdsourcing wearable data & self-reported symptom checks

Studies show that resting heart rate data & sleep quality measured from wearables like Fitbits and Apple Watches can predict influenza-like illnesses at the state level. We're extending these studies to detect COVID-19 before people exhibit symptoms.

Along with passive, synchronous, and physiological data analysis, we're crowdsourcing self-reported symptom checks. Daily check-ins can help understand where the virus might be spreading and give us opportunities to intervene. Our aim is to use the power of the crowd for the rapid scaling of public health surveillance.

2. Coordinating the crowdsourced data with public health agencies, hospitals, & testing facilities

Hospitals & testing facilities do not have the infrastructure for managing the scale of testing we need at the local, state, & regional levels. Our aim is to leverage longitudinal data from self-reports & wearable data to help hospitals better screen for COVID-19 while supporting at-risk populations with information they need for testing.

3. Gamifying self-reporting, isolation, & social distancing protocols

Games are a powerful tool to promote awareness and behavioral changes, including public health. We’re applying behavioral economics & gamification techniques to scale epidemiological surveillance through volunteered contributions. Our aim is to promote awareness and behavioral changes needed to fight COVID-19.

The end goal is to get ahead of the coronavirus infection and crush the curve.

How far along is it

We've been building COVIDx for the past few weeks with a few dozen volunteers. The MVP is launching the week of 4/27.

We've built a scientific/medical community here that can help test:

Help Needed

Tasks that need to get done

Our MVP is already built. Now we need to prepare for the next iterations.

We need multiple teams for multiple projects we're building in parallel.

Each team needs at least one backend and one frontend software developer.

We need a team of data scientists to analyze the wearable and self-reported data we're collecting to find insight into COVID-19 spreading.

We need help with a decentralized identity solution.

We need a marketing & social media person who wants to take this to millions of people.

Project managers are needed.

Legal advice.

Project details

Who is already working on this

Brennen Hodge, CEO of Citizen Health (

Megan Janas, COO of Citizen health (

James Cunningham, Ph.D., CSO of Citizen Health (

Nabyl Bennouri, Advisor for Citizen Health (

Feedback from multiple doctors and help from a few dozen software developers.

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How to get in touch
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Number of volunteers needed
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Organization status
Public benefit cooperative