Helpful resources for your projects

We wrote a playbook on how to manage volunteers, had some amazing panels, and gathered some deals for you.

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.

  • 7 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    The current shortage of filtering facepiece respirators (FFR) might be alleviated if they could be reused by decontaminating them in a simple device - i.e. something a DIY person could build and supply to hospitals, GP surgeries, etc. There is evidence that a UV-C light cabinet might serve this purpose. This project seeks to encourage the production of such cabinets with the following key characteristics:

    1) constructed from a design which has been tested for its effectiveness in decontaminating FFR masks against the SARS-Cov-2 virus as well as for its operator safety. Above all else the cabinet must be safe.
    2) built at home using cheap, readily available components. DIY construction avoids the need for setting-up manufacturing facilities, distribution, etc.
    3) checked for use at each location according to applicable regulations. The use of a DIY appliance at a hospital or GP surgery needs careful consideration, but at a minimum an electrician will need to check the cabinet is constructed according to the design and is safe to use.
    4) used according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the design. A key part of the design is the production of clear instructions for the safe use of the cabinet which can be adapted for local requirements.

    We envisage that multiple groups will undertake the development of a design and its subsequent testing. This project aims to support such groups by sharing information and providing common standards. We will also act as a central resource for DIY people seeking to select a verified design from which to build their own cabinets.

    We are particularly interested in getting volunteers associated with Universities, particularly undergrads. This is because University labs are more likely to have the equipment and expertise necessary to undertake the testing and will hopeful support their own students in such a project.

  • 140 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    We need to develop a strategic reserve of 1,000,000+ emergency ventilators ASAP. These don't need to be fancy medical ventilators, they just need to work.

    In a pandemic, the limited existing ventilator supply and stockpile should be reserved for treating the most critical life-threatening cases.

    We need to create an emergency ventilator that can be used for millions of minor cases, including patients who require long-term (15-30 day) ventilation on recovery.

    There are ~160,000 ventilators in the US now. (See:

    The US alone needs >740,000 ventilators in a Spanish flu-level outbreak. (See:

    The CDC Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) has only ~10,000 ventilators. (See: CHS)

    Ventilators are only valuable when they're matched to patients in need, so we need to dynamically track ventilator supply and demand by hospital and efficiently distribute additional ventilators to hospitals with the highest unmet demand.

    We need to train thousands of people to operate these ventilators. One model showed that the supply of respiratory therapists, not the supply of ventilators, would be the limiting factor in providing respiratory care to patients in hospitals. (See: CHS)

    The ideal device will be easy to transport, sanitize, and use in low- and no-power settings. Our design needs to scale to 1M+ devices for < $200/unit and needs to be operable by anyone with < 1 hour of training.

  • We want to flatten the curve and avoid further spread of COVID-19 by using Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality.

    Did you know that 20% of COVID-19 hospitalized patients have shown sign of heart damage & 92M people in USA have heart disease?

    Health system can only provide services to 20% of COVID-19 patience & even existed one due to shortage of workforce & high patients risk. We provide virtual tele-health (patient engagement) with full interaction using augmented reality and virtual reality.

    We aim to combine clinical need and available expertise across borders.

    We have the following options based on our volunteers expertise:

    - Use AR for temperature monitoring
    -Use AR/VR for telemedicine
    -Use AR/VR to teach how to use medical device like ventilators

    Any help will add values to accelerate the launch of our products & improve patient care.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 41 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    In this project we aim to find new materials (local to each jurisdiction) to reduce transmission rates of virus. The goal would be to locally manufacture masks and other PPE for use within local population. In addition we need to further understand the chemical interaction between virus and surfaces to make surfaces which the virus can't last very long on.

    Helping with:
    Looking for:
  • 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.

  • 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. is our webpage.
    My Twitter Handle: @tekiuday

  • 21 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Helpful Engineering was created to design, source and execute open-source hardware and software projects that can help communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide.

    We are an open community of volunteers without a commercial purpose. We believe that through a pragmatic approach, we can do the most good for the most people with the resources available. By sharing all our open-source projects and applying all engineering and manufacturing resources available, we can help to mitigate the world's impact from the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Planet Earth (founder in Vancouver, BC)
  • 19 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    I am a frontline physician (hospitalist) that is seeing increasing volumes of patients at our facilities. PPE supplies are becoming increasingly precious and we expect we will need to mitigate PPE and equipment waste and develop new options for protection of our healthcare workforce.

    One major item that is not discussed regularly on the news are disposable stethoscopes and pulse oximetry. In resource-rich countries, a patient on contact isolation will have a dedicated "disposable" stethoscope during their hospital admission. These are typically poor quality and of limited utility. They are also quite short -- resulting in close physical proximity to an ill patient, which increases risk of droplet contamination on PPE and individuals.

    Additionally, continuous or episodic use of pulse oximetry (measuring oxygen level in the blood) is another common tool we will need in droves. As with other supplies and equipment, I expect need will vastly outstrip supply due to the lack of machines and need to clean these items between patients.

    I am asking all the talented people on this forum to help design an (1) inexpensive (2) Bluetooth-enabled stethoscope bell with pulse oximetry [if possible] to reduce very-close proximity exposure for healthcare workers and enhance existing supplies chains for this medical equipment. I would prefer any designs be made widely available for any manufacturer to use if they agree to donate 90% of proceeds to medical relief organizations.

  • Who are we? We're Gathrer. We built a scalable and beautiful directory, with a spam-less uber-like signalling communication tool to ping people for help. Reach thousands of people in a click. We will build Covid-19 college town communities using what we already made to connect people who can help and need help.

    First, watch -

    - A video of our directory app
    - This video from 6:40 - 10:00

    How did we start? I started a Gathrer as a unincorporated disaster relief data gathering project in 2017 and we successfully gathered data in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower incident in London. We were featured in New York Times having gathered data far ahead of police estimates. Last year, I decided I would expand the Gathrer brand.

    What are we now? We're a beautiful directory tool with a new communication protocol called "signalling and listening". This is a little like a demand, supply matcher or event listener. Signalling and listening means any user in any given community e.g. San Francisco, can click a button and ping any type of member for a given purpose, without spam.

    E.g. *Ping / signal* [all young people] in [San Francisco] to [help] with [grocery shopping] -> Anyone *listening* to [help] from [profile with attributes of the pingers] for [grocery shopping] in [San Francisco] gets a [ping!]

    How will we roll this out for Covid-19? We built a way for this to work in college towns and would start by rolling out there. Let's connect college students with those who need help. Why college students? They're in the same geographic area so they can help each other, and easy to authenticate.

    Does this communication protocol work? Yes. We tested this functionality at Members of the Intelligent Crazy People community included folks like former founders and CEOs of Skype, Reddit and so on. I also created that community myself and we've had 8000 applications, 2000 members and 100 meetups thus far.


    A 2nd use case -

    What are other applications to Covid-19? Our research suggests our directory tool will be a great way for remote employees within the same companies or ecosystems to quickly search for and contact each other. This should make remote working more manageable during the quarantine periods of Covid-19 outbreak.


    This is a for-profit project, but any signalling activity around Covid-19 will not be monetised. Furthermore we are not asking for free help necessarily.

  • We need to awaken government officials to the potential for negative ions to greatly lessen the prospects of airborne/droplet transmission within healthcare facilities. Research studies exist which hint of great potential. Simply stated, negative ions in the air can cause microorganisms to drop to the ground and reduce the potential for them to be inhaled. Health care facilities would be in particular need of anything which can lessen the chances of this form of transmission.

    All we need to do is contact government officials at all levels and demand that they investigate the potential of this concept and, if they find great merit and benefit, rush negative ion generators into production by whatever means possible. The hard part is to get anyone in government to listen.

  • We need to awaken government officials to the potential for the mass distribution of specially designed, reusable, durable gloves or grippers which have an exterior surface which kills viruses virtually on contact. Such surfaces have been in existence for many years, but they were intended to be placed on individual objects. With these gloves, if a person went from a gas pump handle to a door handle to a bar code scanner and so forth, there would be virtually no risk of transferring a virus between each touched object. Any virus which adheres to the glove would be dead! Furthermore, if the wearer accidentally touched his or her own glove, there would be virtually no risk of getting infected. End result: a greatly reduced level of Covid-19 contact transmission. All we need to do is contact government officials at all levels and demand that they investigate the potential of this concept and, if they find great merit and benefit, rush it into production by whatever means possible. The hard part is to get anyone in government to listen.

  • 10 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    FLOWDEMIC is an open source and open data application, with anonymous users:

    - Capture of the daily temperature of the user (either manual or automated thanks to connected thermometers)
    - Thanks to the microphone, detection of the number of coughs, duration of coughing, sneezing
    - Geolocation

    Thanks to a large global database, we will be able to visualize the epidemic live and predict the evolution of the epidemic in probabilistic terms.

    It is obvious that there will be a lot of stochastic noises, false cases, but what matters is the dynamics.

    Combined with secondary data such as aircraft flights, trains, road traffic, several correlations can be made by researchers and by public authorities.

    Public Github :

    Public Discord Server :

  • 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.

  • 7 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Recognizing the need for collaborative cross-functional solutions to the Covid-19 situation, a group of Entrepreneurship & Management Professors from Indiana University have adapted the “idea sprint” process -- used by today’s most innovative firms -- to help surface and accelerate ideas focused on helping our community navigate this virus.

    The first idea sprint weekend took place on March 20-22. Over 200 entrepreneurs, technologists, engineers, MDs, VCs, professors, students) from around the world came together to surface ideas and get them to the basic prototype stage by the end of the weekend. "By design, the event was fast and furious – it all took place over just a weekend -- Ideas were related to tech applications, social distancing products/service, remote working, community interventions, health outreach, repurposing of facilities/resources, etc -see link).

    The goals of the program include expanding awareness of the many pain points associated with the virus outbreak and response, championing collective efforts to develop solutions, and if viable orchestrating a collective response through social entrepreneurship and volunteerism.

    We are currently considering future "idea sprints" and we are encouraging other institutions to take our model and launch similar programs with their network of technologists, alumni, students, professors, and other supporters.

  • 7 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Our startup is developing non-invasive diagnostic equipment with AI that can diagnose cancer, diabetes, gastritis (also coronavirus) by breathing. The time of diagnosis will take about 1 minute. The final goal is to help people to identify diseases instantly and slow down the growth in the number of cases.

    Moscow, Russia. We also looking for the volunteers all over the world
  • 6 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    An affordable at-home pro-active biphasic cuirass ventilation device gives patients a chance to recover from the worst symptoms of Covid-19 infection when these patients are otherwise triaged away from hospital care and Positive Pressure Ventilators.

  • I'm designing fixtures and jigs to allow anyone to rapidly fold and assemble surgical masks.

    Surgical Mask shortage has Mass. General calling for anyone with 3D printers to help produce masks.

    Providence Health is shipping raw mask materials to volunteers to help create 100M masks (video for how to create masks are in the link)

    Our community needs to increase the means of production for surgical masks. I believe we can increase mask production time by a significant margin by providing some simple jigs and laser cut nonwoven panels.

    The vision is to ship kits - Jigs, assembly tools, and thousands of pre-cut masks to volunteers or healthcare providers directly

    San Francisco, Remote
  • 5 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Medtronic just open-sourced its portable ventilator PB560 for manufacturers, engineers, and startups.

  • 5 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    A simple kit for building Mask/PPE/Cell Phone/Ipad sterilizer using UV-C Bulbs

    Cambridge, MA
  • 5 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Rintez Medical Companion is a cross platform app which, at this time, is targeting Coronavirus. I will need your help, your opinions (bad ones, good ones, all matters) and to spread it to the world. The app will be free to use and is looking to scale up different diseases but, for now, we will stick with Coronavirus. Project name is Rintez. I have assembled a team already but anyone who wants to join, please do. This is a verrryy early stage of development. I intend to have it ready until 11 of April. Let me know your thoughts

    Update: we already have 5 volunteers ready to help. Thank you so much for the involvement, the dedication, for the time and know-how you will put in. I have no words, hat off!

    We need medics, researchers, personal involved in the Coronavirus at this time. Please have a chat, spread the message. This will help us a lot to create the proper patterns of recognition, development and treatment of the Coronavirus.

    We are targeting the first release around 11 April 2020 (+/- 2 days).

    The website will be launch in a rough state of development late Thursday (26 March 2020).

  • 5 volunteers - sign up to volunteer


    According to experts, the risk of the spread of Covid-19 in Somalia, is more severe to that of China. Somalia is lacking medical necessities to handle a spread, therefore it is urgent that aid is sent. There are organisations who are willing to help, however there is a lack of cohesion between the Somali government and where this aid should be directed. We propose a centralised base that has updated statistics regarding Covid-19, and a guide of where help can be sent.

  • An open source initiative to create multilingual content around covid19 crisis.

    Aim is to provide reliable information related to covid which is easy to understand. Could be done through reaching out to masses in multiple Indian languages (we have 7 languages as of now) or through visualisations like

    It's an open source initiative and each contributor would be given due credit.

    You can contribute by:
    1. Translating and correcting content in a language you are comfortable with.
    2. Recording WHO's and Ministry of Health's informative videos in Indian languages.
    3. Helping us aggregate and visualise data related to the crisis.
    4. Developing innovative content (text, infographics or visualisations) that could help people understand what they should do during this crisis.

  • 4 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Precision manufacturing-Medical Component R&D, Medical Component Production, Design Assistance to R&D Pharmaceutical, vast network of supplier and vendor enhancing capability to maintain needs in supply chain. End goal-to contribute to the enhancement of and the supply of R&D Medical equipment and provide for and assist OEM's in the current Coronavirus-Covid 19 medical community need for medical equipment and testing kits.

    Richmond VA metro area and/or remote