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  • We have excellent access to a top manufacturer of COVID-19 home test kits. These take 10 minutes to use, do not require a doctor, and give instant results. These tests will be free to those in need.

    To slow the rate of spread in the USA, we will be giving away home test kits to those unable to access testing otherwise.

    We are also in talks with local governments to channel test kits to most effected regions.

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  • 399 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    **We are on a mission to connect the dots.
    A plan is underway to bridge information gaps that have been harming our ability to respond to the world-wide pandemic Covid-19. The information needed exists, the technology is capable. What's missing is the connection. An end-to-end global community of partners, contributors and supporters are joining forces to end silos and build a readily available stream of data to those who need it, when they need it.

    **We are building the first Covid-19 data ecosystem
    Many teams are building APIs around the globe. While that is helpful, more is truly needed. We are building a full circle data ecosystem where data owners, aggregators and users can easily share and access data across the world, covering multiple areas around cases, patient data and supplies. Combining a Cloud-based data lake and a set of open APIs, our crowdsourced project is aimed at unifying all current data gathering efforts around Covid-19, to help all the key stakeholders (hospitals, governments and manufacturers) make their critical life-saving decisions.

    >> Think of this as a grassroots initiative to drive data transparency across covid19 across the globe!

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  • 180 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Current COVID testing capacity #s may be inflated and dependent on fragile global supply chains. We’re scaling robust COVID testing to protect healthcare workers with a lab in LA.

    Helping with:
    LA/SF or remote
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  • Problem:
    The detection of COVID-19 symptoms requires doctor and hospital visits, or a visit to test sites outside from home. This results in possible transmission or infection of COVID-19, and an increase of doctor visits straining the medical resources available.

    Solution:
    Prognosis, diagnosis and screening for the patients infected with COVID-19 is suggested to be based on breathing characteristics (Wang et al. 2020. https://arxiv.org/abs/2002.05534) as well as other vital signs such as blood oxygen saturation/hemoglobin levels (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200330152135.htm).
    The detection of vital signs can be achieved via facial cameras and machine learning for breathing patterns (Chen et al. 2019 https://arxiv.org/pdf/1909.03503.pdf), hemoglobin levels (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6371334/), HRV and others (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6396075/).

    The proposed project is an app that can be installed and used on any smartphone and laptop to detect early symptoms of COVID-19 remotely without leaving the home. As well as for monitoring (ongoing interest from healthcare and medical institutions already).
    It uses the detection of vital signs and breathing characteristics via technological devices accessible to everybody at home with cameras of smartphones/laptop and machine learning, and combines it with the detection of pearly symptoms.
    The app could also include therapeutical suggestions such as aerobic and mindfulness exercises to help people reduce stress and anxiety.
    And resources to reach for the nearest hospital, doctor and pharmacy.
    As well as resources for communal support and connection to nearest online groups, help for grocery delivery etc.

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  • As COVID-19 spreads rapidly through the USA and the world, community testing centers are springing up across the nation. We want to help make a database of testing centers across the US (currently doesn't exist). The goal is to make it easy for people to find their closest one and provide accurate information to every community — especially as more tests become available in the coming days and weeks. For us to achieve this goal, we need your help!

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  • 63 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    We are building a solid-state nanopore device that can count individual SARS-CoV-2 virions in diverse bodily fluids without reagents or a cold chain.

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  • 62 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    COVID19 changed the way we live, work, interact with each other, and even the way we get hospitalized when we need medical care. For many of us, Corona Crisis has or will have in the future an enormous impact on our personal, professional, financial, and medical situation.

    For this reason, we decided to start a community of people with diverse backgrounds, business, financial, medical, psychology, legal, design user experience, human experience, customer experience, service design, research, IT, software, hardware, public sector, and anything else you can think of, willing to spend 1%-5% of their time working together or advising the people working on challenges.

    We launched our beta invitation yesterday, and at the time being, our Design Against Corona community has 52 people from all around the world and seven challenges to work on.

    To propose impactful and feasible solutions, we need more people and more challenges.

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  • 43 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Delovery is a delivery service to address the COVID-19 Pandemic. With many that are susceptible to not only contracting, but potentially dying from the virus, it is more important than ever to reduce risk.

    Our delivery service is designed to have Coronavirus tested drivers to ensure that exposure and contamination are minimized for the greater population.

    Right now Delovery is getting support from prominent community figures, medical professionals and governments in the United States and Canada.

    With a rally cry of:

    “Reduce interactions. Reduce risk. Reduce consequences.”

    It’s not hard to understand what value Delovery is bringing to communities everywhere.

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  • Researchers and ML scientists are using AI to detect COVID-19 in CT and x-ray images. Example: https://github.com/bkong999/COVNet

    Arterys has opened its tech platform to developers working on medical image AI models (marketplace.arterys.com). We need to get these AI models into the hands of researchers and clinicians around the world so that they can validate and improve them and collaborate on AI tools for fighting the pandemic.

    There's already one COVID-19-specific model on the platform: https://marketplace.arterys.com/model/aitroxchestCT

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  • 39 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Stealth.ify is a web-based app that uses geospatial technology and predictive analytics to create fencing and levels of contracting the virus based on someone’s location; connecting real-time foot traffic data of stores/supermarkets to prevent crowdedness in an effort to adhere to social distancing. Interactive map features and push notifications to alert user when they have reached a high risk area. Product updates in real time using predictive analytics to estimate the rate of spread.

    We are currently building a mock up and demo. Looking for strong product design volunteers to join and add their expertise to this amazing project that will have features that exceed beyond covid19.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 22 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    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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  • Tldr: extraction of key paramaters from biological research papers (conclusions, methods, sample sizes). MVP will work manually, then automated (machine learning, natural language processing). Will include semantic mapping of key findings to enable application of AI algorithms to find a cure.

    The number of science publications on SARS-CoV2 and COVID19 is increasing rapidly. It’s extremely hard for scientists and clinicians to stay up-to-date and evaluate the biomedical evidence in a time efficient manner. They have to work on the bench or bedside to invent and administer treatments. Reading the literature and extracting relevant data is extremely time-consuming.

    We make a knowledge engine where the key points of each research paper are quickly summarized (i.e. main conclusions, molecular targets, methods used, sample number, reagents, participants) so that people can quickly find resources, develop new ideas, troubleshoot problems etc. We also aim to include key semantic mappings and then use ML/NLP algorithms to come up with novel hypotheses.

    In the beginning, papers and data will be curated and extracted manually by scientists (we have volunteers, but alway welcome more).

    We have this problem of needing to keep up with all the papers right now ourselves. This needs an urgent solution.

    Looking for:
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  • COVID-19 self-assessment tool working directly with hospitals and public health authorities.

    We are the official screening application for Harris County and the City of Houston. Processing about ~10k screenings per day (and rising).

    Fort Bend County coming soon.

    We are reaching out to hospitals and other counties as fast as we can to integrate with their testing workflows. Also talking with BARDA about potential federal involvement.

    Remote is great. Most of the team is located in Houston, TX
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  • 18 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    In many countries, especially the US, there are large numbers of individuals who show many, if not all, the symptoms of covid19 but have been unable to be tested. UntestedCoroanvorus.com (also UntestedCovid19.com and Untested.info) aims to be a mobile friendly site where individuals can enter their symptoms, and location to self report a potential case of Covid19. This information will be displayed on a heatmap to better track the spread of the virus. Phone numbers will be verified and attached to reports to prevent abuse.

    Very basic unfinished MVP: https://untestedcoronaheatmap.firebaseapp.com/

    Helping with:
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  • 10 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Getting a heat map of average body temperature of citizens in a geography can show which areas are new potential hotspots of COVID-19. If we have this information before patients reach the hospital, organisations can divert resources to that hotspot and prevent it from completely melting down. Hotspots can be a county or neighbourhood etc.

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  • 9 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    BlockCOVID is an online initiative bringing together developers with the goal of quickly building solutions that address new problems that have arisen due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Primarily using decentralized technologies such as blockchain, the initiative will provide tools, resources and mentorship to developers.

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  • 9 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Automates the screening and assessment of a user’s health condition and their exposure to the novel coronavirus. Depending on the outcome of the initial automated SMS assessment, the platform determines the necessity of further testing for COVID-19 or self-quarantine, and directs the user to the nearest testing facility by geolocation data.
    Additionally, the power of the platform lies in continual automated SMS messages with the user; both to manage the user’s self-quarantine period, and to notify medical teams of the user’s status, if escalated care is required.
    All data will be encrypted and scrubbed so as to provide public health professionals with realtime data on the outbreak

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  • 8 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    An early warning system which maps local symptoms, deliveries test kits to high probable cases, and notifies health professionals of emergent symtomology and COVID cases so they can have more time to prepare a response in their area

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