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COVID-19 projects looking for volunteers

New or established projects helping with the COVID-19 crisis that need help. Volunteer yourself or create a new one. Sign up to volunteer.

  • 37 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    All of you have seen the empty racks on local supermarkets, as locals in panic cannot estimate the amount of consumables and supplies they would need in the coming weeks/months. We are looking to develop an app that helps citizens have a clear picture on how much they specifically need from each type of food and consumable item, based on WHO consumption guidelines, and based on a proprietary algorithm that also takes into account the intensity of the usage of each type of item for each individual. Going forward, we are looking to integrate this into supermarket and e-commerce giants for reshipments. We are in the process of setting up business model, but we are in need of front-end and back-end developers, or anyone who would be interested in joining us to set up the platform in its entirety!

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  • 36 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Building a website that helps facilities manage capacity for COVID-19 patients. We have a UI that gathers information from healthcare workers who can verify details about facilities equipped to handle COVID-19 patients. This includes details like: address, phone number, bed count, available capacity, and testing capabilities. Right now we need input from nurses and doctors about what type of capacity they are able to handle and number of cases.

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  • 35 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Project Lockdown provides a worldwide overview of government-imposed movement restrictions as a measure to mitigate the serious, global effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. This interactive map tracks the status of all countries and provides information on relevant metrics to assist journalists and human rights defenders in carrying out their tasks for the common good.

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  • 35 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    In these days of the crisis, one of the biggest problems is buying essentials - food and medicine. Wherever you go, there are big queues for stores or overcrowded stores. With less enforcement of social distancing, people are not confident about going to stores. Over that, a lot of stores are closed or operating for a lesser duration than normal.

    Our solution to the above problems is to
    - Evenly Spread Customer Visits at Different Times
    - Provide Customers with correct and updated opening status and information
    - Providing Customers with a Proof of Essential Travel (if any law enforcement agency asks for it)

    Our app, SafeSlot helps in implementing these solutions. When user opens the app, they can see the nearest stores based on their location. We plan to divide the store timings into various time slots with a maximum cap of registrations based on the store/counter size and let users book the slot for their essential shopping. For the same, users can book a maximum of two slots per day for any store. We also have an option of DriveThru option in which users can upload their grocery list/doctor's prescription and stores can pack it by the time they arrive at the store. Hence, reducing the customer visit time to an average of 5 minutes.

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  • 34 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Objective - Keep patients and suspected patients at home
    Continuous Monitoring of health condition:
    Once the patient is equipped with wifi connected PO2 and Body temperature device to our smartphone app, HealthClues (c) starts monitoring, recording, collecting and storing patient’s health data over a distance in real time.
    This allows patients to stay at home or in any other place rather than in an scarce healthcare facility such as a hospital.
    Health Risk Assessment
    Healthclues use patented mathematical models and algorithms to discover health risks such as infectious disease such as COVID 19, cardio problems or diabetic issues. And not only that, it can also use GPS location to know where someone needs help or perform mobility profiling.

    Telemedicine and Proactive communication
    Patients are able to connect with doctors and nurses using built in secure two way communication systems through phone calls, video calls, SMS and email system. Each of the interactions are recorded as a patient record.

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  • 34 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Well over 130 million people globally are currently home sheltering. With schools closed for months and more limitations to come, the idea of a normal life is changing rapidly. To solve problems related to social anxiety, lack of peer support, no structured regimen, learning stagnation and the psychological cost of social isolation, we are creating a social educational platform to connect sheltering people globally and empower anyone in the community to lead instruction or support sessions on any topic or interest. These live meetups serve as support groups and learning opportunities during our time separated. A regular schedule of events can help us to regain some structure, to form and strengthen relationships with others, and demonstrate through tough times, people rise up, carry through, support each other and better themselves.

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  • 34 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Our company, Piera Systems (based in Toronto, Canada), has developed and patented a Particulate Matter (PM) sensor, called the Piera-1. It can accurately detect particles that range in size from 100nm to 10um in diameter. This includes vape and smoke.

    The COVID-19 pandemic, by all accounts, looks like it will persist around the globe for quite a long time. One of the most common questions we are asked by potential customers is if our technology can detect COVID-19.

    Since the COVID-19 virus particle is about 125nm in size, we have the ability to detect the presence of the particle, however, we cannot identify the virus - today. With additional funding for R&D, we believe we can add the image processing technology component capable of identifying viruses in the 100nm-150nm range, including COVID-19. As a result, the final sensor system can affordably be built into a wide range of products like air purifiers, smoke/vape detectors, and into airplanes, trains, taxis, buses, etc.

    The final detector can easily be upgraded to detect the next big virus.

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  • 33 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    With schools shut down and parents scrambling for educational content to keep their children learning, we're building a personalized, low-cost curriculum of lessons, audiobooks, and songs.

    PAIN POINTS:
    1) BUILDING A PERSONALIZED CURRICULUM IS PAINFUL. There is a ton of free educational content online, but it is not curated and personalizable and parents spend a ton of time curating. Software can help. On our platform, parents enter the age, interests, and language skills and we build a tailored curriculum for their kids. They can also create and share their curriculum with others.

    2) CAN WE SOLVE CURATION & SUPERVISION? Hard to do currently but that's our goal. Our content can be consumed on our app, via YouTube, and across all devices, but in addition, we're building a low-cost smart speaker to consume content OFFLINE in a SCREENLESS format. Supervision can be done virtually with tutors or other parents.

    3) LOW-RESOURCE PARENTS AND KIDS WILL BE LEFT BEHIND. School closures are estimated to last a year. We are facing a critical widening of the educational gap risk; high-resource parents will be able to provide a rich learning environment at home, but low-resource parents will struggle. We are super-focused on reaching such families.

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  • 33 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    The COVID-19 Data Repository is a data repository that contains all kinds of information available about the COVID-19 virus, we gather, sanitize, normalize & categorise data daily from sources like NGO's and Governments, to make them available for research.

    The COVID-19 virus is spreading at an alarming rate and the global medical community is still trying to get a grasp on what exactly is needed to fight this disease and prepare for the future.

    People in the medical world are asking the tech community for help to provide solutions. The way we're trying to help is to make sure that all the data that is there is available in easy ways for research. We're trying do this in a few diferent ways:

    - Collect all the data from sources like NGO's and governments
    - Validate, sanitize & normalize the data
    - Categorise the data and create useable datasets for research
    - Make the data available by creating an API & packages for data analysis tools frameworks and languages like R, Python (pip)

    Furthermore the repository contains importer scripts to automatically update the datasets in the repository on a regular basis.

    Link to the github organisation & repos: https://github.com/COVID-19-Data

    COVID-19 Data repository is open source and not associated with any particular company or organisation.

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  • 33 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    We’re looking for volunteers to launch an app that will help self-isolating people access essential supplies from local shops.

    As countries go into lockdown, large numbers of self-isolating people are unable to get to the shops to buy what they need. CanDo (a social entrepreneurship incubator, based in London) are pulling together an emergency team of volunteers to launch an app which connects people stuck at home to others who can buy/deliver essential supplies from local shops for them.

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  • 32 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Protect your loved ones by sending anonymous location data. See your risk score based off your activity, and keep it low with guidance from the WHO. If you become infected, send an anonymous care message to those you've been in contact with.

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  • ***Front-end/Javascript developers wanted - please email***

    *UK project to help independent stores save jobs by selling to customers*

    The central economic challenge from COVID-19 is to avoid households' and businesses' temporary cash crunch turning into unemployment and bankruptcies. In the UK, most people work for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), who have limited online profile.

    Governments have announced financial help for SMBs. Others have built projects to facilitate purchase of gift vouchers to help businesses' cash crunch.

    HelpYourHighStreet links UK customers to a listing page of validated independent stores selling online -- art centres, bookstores, florists, cafès, hairdressers, restaurants, theatres and more. We are also starting to validate shops' commitments to keeping their workers on and continuing to pay wages. All of this is for free: we are a voluntary group from across the UK.

    The end goal is to facilitate sufficient sales for such shops that they don't have to shut down and sack their workers. Many have sadly shut already. We are racing to help others avoid that outcome.

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  • 30 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    SupplyME is a web application that connects those who NEED supplies with those who HAVE supplies and allows financiers to fund those who NEED supplies. There are 3 users. “Retailers”, “Manufacturers” & “Financiers”. Retailers create requests with items and the quantities. Financiers fund the requests with a total budget. Manufacturers create orders based on the requests. Requests can be funded at any time in the process to allow for speed. Items created by manufacturers and retailers are public so that there are no duplicate items.

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  • 30 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    We are an umbrella group made up of the largest entities working on solving the PPE shortage (N95 masks, scrubs, gloves, protective equipment). We aim to bring attention to the people doing the hard work of sourcing and distributing as well as encourage people to work on new supplies. We act as a connector to get folks connected to the right group depending on their needs.

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  • 29 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Restaurant suppliers are losing a large majority of their business due to restaurants shuttering during the COVID-19 outbreak. Many are starting to offer direct-to-consumer options. Let's build out the infrastructure for them to do this. We're going to start with highlighting providers in the Bay Area, allowing users to coordinate directly to schedule pickups and deliveries. We'll more towards providing more discovery and logistics features.

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  • 28 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Many doctors, nurses, medical students and retired healthcare professionals are currently stuck at home, either because they're on standby, self-isolating, or residing with a vulnerable family member. We wanted to give them a safe way to connect with people who need help with Coronavirus, and to reduce the pressure on overstretched hospitals and clinics.

    doc19.org allows volunteers to sign up to take video calls from anyone in the world with concerns or questions about COVID-19. When a visitor requests a call, they are connected to a waiting volunteer. Neither the volunteer nor the caller needs an app - it all works through their web browser. The volunteers help callers to access and understand guidance released by the CDC and other official sources.

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  • 26 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Our team has a prototype of a low-cost, easy-to-use ventilator that is optimized for emergency and mass casualty scenarios. The team is led by Glenn W Laub, MD: a cardiac surgeon and former-CEO/founder of Defibtech LLC, where he brought a novel line of AEDs and other resuscitation devices to market.

    Almost 18 months ago, we recognized that mechanical ventilatory support would be a critically required treatment modality in many emergency situations, and have already spent 12 months working on a prototype for this specific use case.

    The unit is designed to include the most frequently used modes of ventilatory support, including AC, SIMV, and PEEP. The device requires minimal training to set up and use, and despite this was developed to be manufactured for less than $250/unit.

    We're currently looking for funding in the immediate-term for an early production build of our life-sustaining ventilatory technology for COVID-19.

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  • We are in the process of accumulating large amounts of data and resources to support larger demographies in the past few weeks and months. But how long these folks in rural and mountain communities need to wait for us?

    The challenge goal: Data-driven project coordination and policymaking
    In this six-month PWG, Omdena AI challenge with Fruitpunch AI, we aim to help rural and mountain community governments and policymakers to make data-driven decisions in order to deal with pandemics and cover some of the following topics.

    When travel is restricted, schools closed, events cancelled, and communities put into quarantine, individuals and businesses in those ecosystems lose their source of income. How does that loss of income impact the health and financial stability of those individuals? What resources are in place currently that supports their needs and growing demands in areas of health, and food security.

    What we will build
    Leveraging the power of global collaboration, the goal is to build AI models that reveal the effects of specific programs and policy decisions being made by governments and institutions on the economically marginalized, especially working in the informal sector.

    In this way, institutions can identify the most effective ways to deal with future pandemics to minimize economic impact and human deaths not only in the short term but also in the midterm.

    Why you should join the challenge
    For the next six months, you will not only build AI solutions to make a real-world impact but also go through an entire data science project lifecycle. This covers problem scoping, data collection and preparation, as well as modelling for potential deployment.

    And the best part is that you will be part of a global collaboration.

    Background Context:
    Mountain region and smaller communities in rural and small urban areas are more vulnerable now more than ever. This project will be conducted to understand and draw attention to alarming facts of the rural, small urban, and mountain communities during this epidemic pandemic #covid9 outbreak: as many of us are aware in 2012, 39 per cent of the mountain population in developing countries was considered vulnerable to food insecurity, which is an increase of 30% compared to the conditions of mountain peoples in the year 2000 studies.

    The situation is even worse if we consider only rural mountain peoples.
    The living conditions of mountain peoples have deteriorated and their vulnerability to hunger has increased. Harsh climates and the difficult, often inaccessible terrain, combined with political and social marginality certainly contribute to making mountain peoples particularly vulnerable to food shortages.

    In mountain areas, where family farming and smallholder agriculture, forestry and animal husbandry are the prevailing farming systems, it is essential to create a supportive, enabling environment in which mountain peoples have access to training, information, credit and healthcare, and benefit from reliable governance systems and infrastructure.

    Some Established Stats:
    Mountains cover 22 per cent of the world’s land surface and are home to some 915 million people, representing 13 per cent of the global population. Mountains also provide between 60 and 80 per cent of the earth’s freshwater. Yet, in spite of this global relevance, there is a dearth of data and information on the status of mountains and mountain peoples.

    Can we understand what is it to live in the mountain regions and smaller communities during these testing times? Can we understand more about these folks who are waiting for someone to appear and help them with tools and resources to keep themselves and their communities safe?

    In 2003, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) published “Towards a GIS-based analysis of mountain environments and populations”, a study that estimated mountain peoples’ vulnerability to food insecurity. What about Health, and Safety?

    The studies in the past were undertaken as a follow-up to the 2002 UN International Year of Mountains, has become a cornerstone of development efforts. It is used and quoted, for as a reference, requesting more investments, specific policies and global attention toward mountains.

    But how much do we know about these communities in these times? What can we do about it? How best can we equip them with resources and tools to protect themselves and their loved ones? We understand and see all countries have locked themselves in, what about these unfortunate folks who relied on larger players and the larger coalition of countries to help them? Can we spare some time and resources to work on these matters?

    We all love going to these mountains, smaller communities for several reasons and now they need us.

    I am the Founder of Project Work Groups - focussed to research and develop sustainable solutions in the mountain and rural regions globally. Proworkgroups.com is our webpage.
    My Twitter Handle: @tekiuday

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  • 26 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Amber-Alerts for Corona Virus:
    Automated, Private & Decentralized Contact Tracing using GPS-logs on Smartphones.

    Contact Tracing is how we beat smallpox. This is what is working in Singapore, HongKong and Israel to limit the spread of the virus. Users self-report and the app notifies people that were in spatio-temporal proximity.

    Fundamentally ‘Contact Tracing’ is about changing how we fight a war against the virus. With Contact Tracing, we can take the fight to the virus by tracking it instead of waiting for the virus to come to us. Health departments nationally and internationally are overwhelmed and technology needs to be built to help them. And we need to be the ones that build it!

    Here is how CoronaTrace works:
    * Download the CoronaTrace app for iOS or Android, and select if you are confirmed infected.
    * CoronaTrace will work in the background using your location to assess your risk level and privately and silently match your location with other users of the app.
    * CoronaTrace will notify you if you are entering an area where an infected person has been within the last two weeks so that you can immediately take action and avoid any risks.
    * Explore the map to understand and avoid the highest-risk areas.

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  • This is a system to help decentralized volunteer groups self-organize complex collabs. It was originally designed to support a 2020 election effort, but is more broadly useful, and can contribute to COVID19 efforts. It's kind of a more robust version of *this site*, for not only matching but then also a framework/tools for collaboration after that.

    It has similarities to existing project management software options, but designed for a decentralized team with no professional fulltime management. Allows loosely connected volunteers to work together without knowing each other well. And better automatically facilitates info sharing across cross-functional teams and units.

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  • 26 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    The availability of PPE is currently not evenly distributed, and as healthcare systems and healthcare workers in the US get more overloaded, the need for protective equipment is only going to rise. There’s a lot of dispersed groups working on sourcing, funding and transporting PPE to various healthcare communities (this is one example: https://operationmasks.org/)

    Our (Carbon Health’s) goal is to build a dataset that includes the following information of all PPE efforts:

    - Name
    - URL
    - PPE Type
    - Effort type (Manufacturing&Selling, Donating, Funding and etc)
    - Orgs/Sponsors/Co's Behind the effort
    - Serving Area
    And more

    The end goal of this is to be able to continuously provide more healthcare communities and facilities with sufficient equipment as their populations get hit. We’ve completed a similar project for Covid-19 testing centers at https://carbonhealth.com/coronavirus/covid-19-testing-centers/ . Now, it’s time to bridge the gap between health organizations and suppliers/efforts/movements that have PPE supplies.

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  • This project was created after recognizing the importance of testing in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and listening to stories of Americans who were being denied COVID-19 due to a lack of capacity.

    We are building a digital list of all the people who want to have access to a COVID-19 test, why and where these requests are occurring.

    We are going to send updates to the registered list members about testing capacity increases, changes in testing criteria and new testing facilities launched based on their region. We collect anonymous symptom screener information with the intent to focus on areas where we see a large increase of high/med - risk suspected cases and also to get a qualitative look at the spread of the disease amongst the un-tested population.

    We are also developing help guides on self-isolation for people who are caring for themselves or others suspected of having a COVID-19 diagnosis.

    The mission is really to work a patient advocate to ensure that people who suspect they have COVID-19 are notified when COVID-19 tests become available to them so we can prevent the spread, get people proper treatment and quell the uncertainty of someone health status.

    We are simultaneously developing another project to help labs and testing facilities be able to request needs to ensure they have all the resources they need to increase testing capacity.

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  • 24 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    We’re not sure it’s useful, but it’s probably good to have a large supply of this ready to go if deemed so. Scaling manufacturing at existing approved sites seems like the biggest challenge right now.

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  • 22 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    goodhang (www.goodhang.co // IG: @good_hang) takes the virtual happy hours everyone's having and leverages them to support local restaurants and bars during this catastrophic economic hit.

    How goodhang works:
    // Users choose a venue (we choose venues based on ones that sell giftcards and/or have a GoFundMe page set up)
    // Users set up a Hang and invite their crew (during this users can set a suggested per person "tab" which is the amount they'd like their guests to contribute to the venue - all donations are optional)
    // Users invite guests, and encourage them to donate or buy a giftcard
    // Users connect with their crew and, if they want, share their Hang

    goodhang doesn’t cost anything to users or venues, and 100% of all donations go directly to venues. If you want to maximize the impact of goodhang on your business, we’ve included a few ideas below.

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    tl;dr:
    SMS chatbot to prescreen potential covid-19 sufferers (based on existing protocols). Update: We shipped product in 3 days.

    Join our Slack Group:
    https://join.slack.com/t/covid9teen/shared_invite/zt-czt2azr7-iYFqn_VZ39bydd1~SnSkVA

    Problem:
    Existing health services are overwhelmed by inquiries (web, phone, ER, etc). Many are false positives (feel sick, but not covid-19). This takes testing resources away from true positives (feel sick and positive for covid-19).

    In British Columbia, Canada, our current health service provider takes about a day to reply from a human SMS operator. A chatbot is a practical application because the task is repetitive and follows a sequential set of rules.

    Objective:
    Inform concerned citizens at scale and reduce the burden on healthcare professionals.

    Solution (MVP):
    Supplement human-operated SMS with a chatbot, which follows the same self-assessment protocol. In Canada, the self-assessment tool is near-identical across all provinces: https://myhealth.alberta.ca/journey/covid-19/Pages/COVID-Self-Assessment.aspx

    This SMS solution can be customized for your own regional health authorities. We are looking to expand to other communication channels (e.g. Whatsapp, messenger, Intercom, etc.)

    Specifics:
    User texts “I feel sick” to (587)210-2300. The ~8 question screening tool is based on Yes/No replies (boolean).

    To programmatically apply if/else statements, we're using Twilio Autopilot/functions.

    This is the abridged version of the ~8 question survey:
    1. Are you experiencing severe difficult Breathing...Y/N
    2. Are you experiencing shortness of breath...Y/N
    3. Do you have any of the following: Fever, cough,...Y/N
    4A. Were you exposed to someone who has been confirmed as having COVID-19 within 14 days of your symptoms starting? Y/N
    5A. Did you travel outside Canada within 14 days of your symptoms starting? Y/N
    6A. Have you been in close contact with someone with respiratory illness in the past 14 days? Y/N
    7A. Had that person traveled outside of Canada within the past 28 days? Y/N
    8A. In the past 14 days have you returned from travel to any other locations outside of Canada? Y/N

    The current protocol has 3 possible outcomes:
    1. Forward to 911 (emergency services)
    2. Forward to 811 (non emergency info line; your region may differ)
    3. No testing required.

    Deployment:
    After building a proof of concept, share it and/or give it away to your local/regional authorities for free. We may request large organizations (e.g. government/corporations) to cover ongoing maintenance costs ($/SMS).

    Update:
    After 72 hours, we have launched the SMS - Congrats, team Covid9teen!

    Product Development:
    • Expand to other channels (e.g. Whatsapp, Messenger, intercom, etc)
    • Shortcode SMS (e.g. Text "I feel sick" to 123123). Note: Applications for shortcode SMS take over a month for approval and costs >$1000. Source: https://www.twilio.com/shortcode/short-code-type
    • Calculate the probability of a user having Covid-19 by taking the users input (e.g. symptoms, location, age, etc) and comparing it with known symptoms provided by the WHO. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOJqHPfG7pA

    Benefits to you:
    • Skills in chatbot development
    • Product manage your own region
    • Potential Machine learning applications
    • Join the fight against Covid-19

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