COVID-19 Resource Database

COVID-19 Resource Database

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Expert conversations
Virus characteristics
Life on surfaces
Incubation Period "assumed an incubation period of 5.1 days" from imperial college study
Articles and Studies
Risk factors of blood type
A spatial model of CoVID-19 transmission in England and Wales: early spread and peak timing | medRxiv
antibody resistence
Visual representation

"This is the face of the monster. 8kb of RNA information, that makes up COVID-19 / SARS-CoV2"

Post Covid Effects
Pandemic Effects
Pandemic Silence Project

Andreas von Bubnoff is a freelance science journalist and multimedia producer and a team member of the Coronavirus and the AnthropoScene sections of RiffReporter, the German collective of science and tech journalists. He is also Professor for International Science Communication & Crossmedia Journalism at Rhine-Waal University in Germany. He's perhaps best known for his award-winning multimedia work involving soundscapes, such as the soundscape ecology project for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (2015), and the Virtual Reality project "Songbird" for The Guardian (2018) that recreated the soundscape and visuals of the very moment a bird species goes extinct. His writing has appeared in the anthologies Alice and Bob Meet the Wall of Fire(MIT Press 2018) and The Best American Science and Nature Writing, and in many American and European media outlets including the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, WIRED (online), The Atlantic (online), Nautilus, Quanta Magazine, Nature, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and DIE ZEIT.

Venezuelan Designer/Art Director Veronica Semeco has over 10 years of experience in branding & identity, design systems and advertising, at New York City-based ad agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi and Wunderman Thompson. Her diverse client portfolio at agencies and as a freelancer ranges from the non-profit OpenStreetMap annual State Of The Map conference to corporate clients. Before New York, she lived and worked in Washington, DC and Baltimore and is currently freelancing from Germany for design firms in New York City and a documentary film production team. She also designs her own line of jewelry, learns UX and trains for marathons in her spare time.

Information Pools
Institutional Support
Symptom Trackers
Most popular tracker app
Resource pool of UK trackers
Main collaborative and simple tracker. translated into many languages
web based case reporting
app alternative
US based tracker
confirmed cases by area
simple visualisation of local cases in the UK
US based website symptom tracker
World Tracker
Successful corona tracking project in Norway
US webtracker by pinterest CEO
Confirmed Stats
Doctor sharing
Tracking Dashboards
Main World dashboard
Popular source for graphs and figures
Dashboard with regions and nice UI
Custom controls
UK dashboard with counties
Responsive and extensive tracking dashboard with province seperation
incredible dashboard for new zealand
Tracking Pandemic Experience
Informative Tweets

Support / Adaption

Partner organisation supporting pandemic projects
Resource & Project Pools
Articles and collections
Project specific
App for supporting others in the crisis
capturing all the tech response projects
project database for those looking for volunteers
We're all in this together HUB
Ideas for projects
blockchain related
Typeform collection of projects
App for coordinating volunteers
Databases & Directories
Great resource database for everything covid19 related.
collection and proposal for combining of support groups
study of all trackers in development
Pan-European Hackathon
Mutual Aid Groups
Resources (guides,docs,research)
Partner online group for sharing and storing information
Group in the US for matching those that can give with needs
HealthCare support
Website connector for volunteers. US based
Care packages to vulnerable and NHS from donations
organisation questionnaire collected orgs that are providing equipment.
US based system for dropping off masks
US based site built on airtable for supporters
Creative Initiatives
poetry or story submission
Resources for creation
Film funding
old brief by the UN
Tech Initiatives
Freelancer Aid
Freelancer bounties
Amazing crowdfunding projects helping freelancers right now | Creative Bloq
For reporters and writers
Financial Support
Project support
Discussion Groups
Structural Plans
Awareness of issues
Mental health
Business adaption
Manual for entrepreneurs in Covid-19 times
Document giving advice for businesses and consultant suggestions
Two Principles for Leading Your Organization Through the COVID-19 Crisis
Reaction, Rebound, Recession, and Reimagination | BCG
Visualisation of job impacts from covid
Whats Open Map (London)
World Economic Outlook, April 2020 -- Chapter 1: The Great Lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic is inflicting high and rising human costs worldwide, and the necessary protection measures are severely impacting economic activity. As a result of the pandemic, the global economy is projected to contract sharply by –3 percent in 2020, much worse than during the 2008–09 financial crisis. In a baseline scenario--which assumes that the pandemic fades in the second half of 2020 and containment efforts can be gradually unwound—the global economy is projected to grow by 5.8 percent in 2021 as economic activity normalizes, helped by policy support. The risks for even more severe outcomes, however, are substantial. Effective policies are essential to forestall the possibility of worse outcomes, and the necessary measures to reduce contagion and protect lives are an important investment in long-term human and economic health. Because the economic fallout is acute in specific sectors, policymakers will need to implement substantial targeted fiscal, monetary, and financial market measures to support affected households and businesses domestically. And internationally, strong multilateral cooperation is essential to overcome the effects of the pandemic, including to help financially constrained countries facing twin health and funding shocks, and for channeling aid to countries with weak health care systems.

Funding for Pandemic related projects
Venture firm for purpose driven businesses


Strategies for pandemic

Pandemic response
Flattening the curve (mitigation)
Hammer and Dance (containment)
Disease Organisation Responses
Immunity Passports
Wuhan Lab Claims
Economic Response
Previous predictions
Survey on government reactions
Tech simulations


Shopping list
Social Distancing

Knock on effects

Supply Chains
General articles
Future Scenarios


Content (video, photo, ect)


Protective Equipment
study on effectiveness of homemade mask
Study on the effectiveness of a homemade mask
3D printed filter usable masks
Best materials for homemade masks
doctors explain how to make the best mask
Hand sanitiser
Home precautions




See Ben Goldacre speaking about the OpenTrials project

Open Knowledge is developing OpenTrials, an open, online database of information about the world’s clinical research trials. We are funded by The Laura and John Arnold Foundation through the Center for Open Science. The project, which is designed to increase transparency and improve access to research, will be directed by Dr. Ben Goldacre, an internationally known leader on clinical transparency.

OpenTrials is building a collaborative and open linked database for all available structured data and documents on all clinical trials, threaded together by individual trial. With a versatile and expandable data schema, it is initially designed to host and match the following documents and data for each trial:

  • registry entries
  • links, abstracts, or texts of academic journal papers
  • portions of regulatory documents describing individual trials
  • structured data on methods and results extracted by systematic reviewers or other
  • researchers
  • Clinical Study Reports
  • additional documents such as blank consent forms, blank case report forms, and protocols

The intention is to create an open, freely re-usable index of all such information, to increase discoverability, facilitate research, identify inconsistent data, enable audits on the availability and completeness of this information, support advocacy for better data and drive standards around open data in evidence-based medicine.

The project has phase one funding, allowing us to create a practical data schema, and populate the database initially through web-scraping, basic record-linkage techniques, crowd-sourced curation around selected drug areas, and imports of existing structured and linked data. It will also allow us to create user-friendly web interfaces onto the data, and conduct user engagement workshops to optimise the database and interface designs. The first phase of the Open Trials project is scheduled for completion in March 2017.

Where other projects have set out to manually and perfectly curate a narrow range of information on a smaller number of trials, we aim to use a broader range of techniques and attempt to match a very large quantity of information on all trials. We are currently seeking feedback and additional sources of structured data. Please get in touch with us at and follow us on @opentrials

To find out more read this paper.

Built immunity
Drug development


Open Data
Taiwan example of shared data and tech solutions
initiative for publishing interoperable data
analysis on information
includes personal preparations and spread graphs
approaches to opening data
Decision Making
Tech tools for collaboration
Deals for businesses in the time of COVID-19


Scientists around the world have been given the task to work on covid19. Many publications around the virus have been published in the past months, but relevant work around the family of coronaviruses already existed before covid 19 appeared.

We would like to help researchers and scientists to quickly and efficiently find their way through the more than 40.000 existing publications. We provide them with tools that use artificial intelligence, advanced visualization techniques, and intuitive user interfaces to explore papers and patents around the family of the corona viruses, existing treatments and medications.


Post information below for quick input and these will be organised.

Interesting Articles
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Opinion | What Coronavirus Herd Immunity Really Means - The New York Times


Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch

The coronavirus moved so rapidly across the globe partly because no one had prior immunity to it. Failure to check its spread will result in a catastrophic loss of lives. Yet some politicians, epidemiologists and commentators are advising that the most practical course of action is to manage infections while allowing so-called herd immunity to build.

The concept of herd immunity is typically described in the context of a vaccine. When enough people are vaccinated, a pathogen cannot spread easily through the population. If you are infected with measles but everyone you interact with has been vaccinated, transmission will be stopped in its tracks.

Vaccination levels must stay above a threshold that depends upon the transmissibility of the pathogen. We don’t yet know exactly how transmissible the coronavirus is, but say each person infects an average of three others. That would mean nearly two-thirds of the population would need to be immune to confer herd immunity.

In the absence of a vaccine, developing immunity to a disease like Covid-19 requires actually being infected with the coronavirus. For this to work, prior infection has to confer immunity against future infection. While hopeful, scientists are not yet certain that this is the case, nor do they know how long this immunity might last. The virus was discovered only a few months ago.

But even assuming that immunity is long-lasting, a very large number of people must be infected to reach the herd immunity threshold required. Given that current estimates suggest roughly 0.5 percent to 1 percent of all infections are fatal, that means a lot of deaths.

Perhaps most important to understand, the virus doesn’t magically disappear when the herd immunity threshold is reached. That’s not when things stop — it’s only when they start to slow down.

Once enough immunity has been built in the population, each person will infect fewer than one other person, so a new epidemic cannot start afresh. But an epidemic that is already underway will continue to spread. If 100,000 people are infectious at the peak and they each infect 0.9 people, that’s still 90,000 new infections, and more after that. A runaway train doesn’t stop the instant the track begins to slope uphill, and a rapidly spreading virus doesn’t stop right when herd immunity is attained.

If the pandemic went uncontrolled in the United States, it could continue for months after herd immunity was reached, infecting many more millions in the process.

By the time the epidemic ended, a very large proportion of the population would have been infected — far above our expected herd immunity threshold of around two-thirds. These additional infections are what epidemiologists refer to as “overshoot.”

Some countries are attempting strategies intended to “safely” build up population immunity to the coronavirus without a vaccine. Sweden, for instance, is asking older people and those with underlying health issues to self-quarantine but is keeping many schools, restaurants and bars open. Many commentators have suggested that this would also be a good policy for poorer countries like India. But given the fatality rate, there is no way to do this without huge numbers of casualties — and indeed, Sweden has already seen far more deaths than its neighbors.

As we see it, now is far too early to throw up our hands and proceed as if a vast majority of the world’s population will inevitably become infected before a vaccine becomes available.

Moreover, we should not be overconfident about our ability to conduct a “controlled burn” with a pandemic that exploded across the globe in a matter of weeks despite extraordinary efforts to contain it.

Since the early days of the pandemic, we have been using social distancing to flatten its curve. This decreases strain on the health care system. It buys the scientific community time to develop treatments and vaccines, as well as build up capacity for testing and tracing. While this is an extraordinarily difficult virus to manage, countries such as New Zealand and Taiwan have had early success, challenging the narrative that control is impossible. We must learn from their successes.

There would be nothing quick or painless about reaching herd immunity without a vaccine.

Carl T. Bergstrom is a professor of biology at the University of Washington. Natalie Dean is an assistant professor of biostatistics at the University of Florida.

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COVID-19 open innovation index | Luminary Labs


180+ open innovation initiatives to address the coronavirus pandemic

Editor’s note: In February, Luminary Labs began tracking open innovation programs — from challenges and hackathons to open data projects and open-source hardware — that seek to address COVID-19 and the virus that causes it. In March, we started sourcing opportunities from our extended network via an online form. On March 18, we sent a special alert to our open innovation community with a list of more than two dozen initiatives; less than a week later, the list had doubled in size. We plan to keep this page updated with new open innovation programs as long as we can reasonably sustain it.

To receive updates in your inbox, sign up to receive our open innovation alerts. We’re also publishing a daily digest identifying opportunities for government and the private sector to accelerate meaningful innovation that addresses the coronavirus pandemic: Subscribe to receive CovidX emails.

Challenges and competitions

NASA’s Space Apps COVID-19 Challenge invites makers and builders to tackle COVID-19 using NASA data.

PrepR’s Beyond COVID-19 Challenge calls for meaningful, real-world solutions to advance seven United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The NATO Innovation Challenge is calling on entrepreneurs, designers, inventors, engineers, scientists, and coders to “design solutions to support the decision-making of military leaders, deliver logistics and supplies to isolated individuals and teams, and identify false information and mitigate its effects on NATO operations.”

The Fit to Face Mask Design Challenge, by America Makes in collaboration with the Department of Veteran Affairs, calls on “innovators and designers to quickly create and/or modify 3D-printed face mask designs to fit a wide range of faces while improving continuous fit-to-face contact and providing safe sealing between the skin and mask.”

COVID-19 Maker Challenge, by Challenge America and the Veterans Health Administration Innovation Ecosystem, is “developing innovative solutions to the challenges encountered by first responders on the frontlines of the pandemic.”

Mad*Pow’s Innovation at Home: Solutions for a Pandemic invites “health and design experts, as well as children of all ages, to envision creative solutions for the behaviors that are impacting everyone’s health.”

The National Science Foundation’s Civic Innovation Challenge, in partnership Department of Energy and the Department of Homeland Security, asks community members, researchers, and leaders to “consider how civic services and systems should be rebuilt to be stronger and more resilient once communities emerge from the COVID-19 crisis.”

The Next Stage Challenge aims to “find immediate solutions that can give a chance to artists, promoters, and all those that have been deeply affected by the global lockdown to explore new forms of experience and business models for the current crisis and beyond.”

The Africa Development Bank’s #AfricaVsVirus Challenge is calling on problem solvers, health experts, programmers, and designers to participate in a 72-hour “ideathon” to develop solutions to tackle COVID-19 in Africa.

The UNDP COVID-19 Detect and Protect Challenge calls on technologists “to create open-source technology that developing countries can leverage in the fight against this global pandemic.”

IDEO’s COVID-19 Business Pivot Challenge is seeking ideas and inspiration to “enable businesses of all sizes to meet today’s most pressing needs, while planning for a future that we know will look very different from our present.”

Air Co., one of five winners in the first phase of NASA’s CO2 Conversion Challenge, is making hand sanitizer with a technology that converts carbon dioxide into ethanol. The team is donating its product to New York City hospitals, doctor’s offices, and police stations.

The JEDI GrandChallenge calls upon the wider scientific community to send input on the challenge design, including proposed goals and metrics of success. The challenge aims to “improve (in silico or others) methods to identify compounds with blocking interactions relevant to any SARS-CoV-2 target.”

The Vale COVID-19 Challenge seeks “to expand solutions against COVID-19, including for risk monitoring and prevention and patient monitoring.”The Army’s Tech COVID-19 Ventilator Challenge seeks “a low-cost, readily manufacturable emergency ventilator to quickly augment ventilator capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The technology solution must provide a rapid response breathing apparatus capable of short-term, rugged field operations.”

Roche Canada COVID-19 Open Innovation Challenge is working in partnership with the community to develop innovative COVID-19 solutions.

The Give a Breath Challenge wants to “identify the best 3D-printable designs to enable the immediate, decentralized production of emergency ventilation equipment in order to save as many lives as possible.”

The XPrize Pandemic Alliance announced the new Fight Covid19 challenge. Its first priority is to “bring visibility into existing solutions and projects in development that are grounded in data and have been validated by experts.”

The Elevate Prize powered by MIT Solve is looking for “leaders and role models around the world – Global Heroes – with energy, ideas, solutions, and results that can elevate humanity, inspire movements, mobilize people, and catalyze positive, transformational change.”

The MIT COVID-19 Challenge is hosting Beat the Pandemic, April 3-5. This second event in a series of virtual hackathons will focus on solutions that protect vulnerable populations and/or support the health system. Apply to participate.

Montreal General Hospital Foundation’s Code Life Ventilator Challenge asks solvers to design a low-cost, simple, easy-to-use, and easy-to-build ventilator that can serve COVID patients in an emergency timeframe.

IBM’s 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge calls on developers to build open-source solutions “to make an immediate and lasting impact.” The challenge has expanded its focus to include COVID-19, in addition to climate change.

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University launched a series of prizes addressing a range of problems through its Emergent Ventures program. Alex Tabarrok also published “Grand Innovation Prizes to Address Pandemics: A Primer.”

With TechForce19, “NHSX is calling on all innovators who can support the elderly, vulnerable, and self-isolating during COVID-19 to apply for government funding of up to £25,000 to test their solution.”

Open IDEO’s COVID-19 Communication Inspiration Challenge wants to “rapidly inform and empower communities around the world to stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak.”

The New York Academy of Science’s Combating COVID-19 challenge invites high school students to create tech-based solutions to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

ICU Ventilators for COVID-19: Design and Manufacturing Challenge is asking solvers to develop “a low-cost, easy-to-build ventilator for hospitals in need.”

North Carolina’s Military Business Center announced the COVID-19 Innovation Challenge, “an open call for innovative capabilities that addresses the challenges presented by COVID-19” (submissions due March 31) and the DIY Hack-a-Vent Innovation Challenge, which seeks to to “develop a low-cost, non-FDA approved, mechanical ventilation support system that can be rapidly produced at local levels with widely available resources” (submissions due March 25).

The COVID 19 Solution Challenge, from India’s Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, asks for “technologies and innovative solutions, bioinformatics, datasets, apps for diagnosis, etc.”

MIT Solve: Health Security & Pandemics is seeking tech innovations that can slow and track the spread of an emerging outbreak.

CoVent-19 Challenge,“founded by residents at Massachusetts General Hospital, … will be a completely virtual open moonshot competition hosted on GrabCAD to develop a rapidly deployable mechanical ventilation solution.”


WHO’s Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator calls on the global community and political leaders to “support a landmark collaboration to accelerate the development, production and equitable access to new COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines.”

Applications close tonight for Betaworks’ Circles, a six-week mentorship program to help founders and company leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Plug and Play COVID-19 Accelerator is looking for “existing technologies that can achieve massive scale across three tracks: healthcare, enterprise, and supply chain.”

Creative Destruction Lab Recovery, a rapid-response innovation program, is seeking “individuals and teams developing innovations that directly address critical health or economic recovery challenges created by the global COVID-19 crisis.”

The COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, an initiative backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome, and Mastercard, is coordinating R&D efforts and removing barriers to drug development. The accelerator announced its first investments of $20 million, funding three clinical trials to identify highly potent immunotherapies.

Black & Veatch IgniteX COVID-19 Response Accelerator is “designed for growing companies looking to scale emerging solutions to save lives, help communities cope, and protect the economy.” The accelerator is seeking solutions “that can reduce the severity of the coronavirus outbreak, but need help commercializing and rapidly deploying.”

The European Commission is calling for startups and SMEs with technologies and innovations that could help in treating, testing, monitoring or other aspects of the coronavirus outbreak to apply for the EIC Accelerator.


LongHash Ventures’ Blockchain for Good hackathon aims to build impactful solutions to address COVID-19 using blockchain technology.

AppliedXL’s COVID-19 Data Hack, in partnership with the Boston Globe and STAT News, is calling on data scientists, researchers, and entrepreneurs to create open-source, data-driven solutions to support COVID-19 response efforts.

The #EUvsVirus Pan-European Hackathon, organized by the European Commission, will “connect civil society, innovators, partners and investors across Europe in order to develop innovative solutions for coronavirus-related challenges.” Overall domain winners have been announced.

UNESCO’s Code the Curve is a virtual hackathon for students, educators, and teachers to “build tech skills, entrepreneurial spirit, and professional competencies” by coding creative solutions, including COVID-related health and social issues.

The #CODE19 virtual hackathon invites programmers, designers, and problem solvers to help India fight against the COVID-19 outbreak. Winners have been announced.

Global Hack, “the world’s biggest hackathon”, brings together more than 100,000 coders, engineers, and designers to share and rapidly develop ideas for urgently needed solutions, in addition to building post-pandemic resilience. Three overall winners have been announced.

TogethervsVirus Hackathon invites Canadians to “develop functional digital or analogue prototypes to counter the virus with tangible solutions.” Results have been announced.

Lumiata’s COVID-19 Global AI Hackathon invites technologists to “develop solutions that address the challenges this pandemic poses to citizens of the world today and for the impact it will have in the future.”

The Hack from Home virtual hackathon took place on Apr 4 – 5. The two-day event resulted in 28 ethical technology projects from 822 international participants and 147 mentors. Four winners have been announced.

The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa is holding virtual hackathons and offering up to $20,000 in seed funding to finalists with digital solutions to stem COVID-19. The first hackathon’s winning team, led by Ghanaian Entrepreneur Laud Basing, developed a mobile screening tool concept.

Devpost’s COVID-19 Global Hackathon wants to “build software solutions that drive social impact.” 89 selected projects have been announced.

Facebook is recruiting judges to review submissions from its #BuildforCOVID19 hackathon.

RIPE NCC’s ongoing hackathon is focused on an “open-data analysis of the health of the Internet during the COVID-19 crisis.”

The Giving Back Fund’s Global COVID-19 Relief Hackathon is “crowdsourcing solutions to rapidly develop and deploy technology for the most relevant pain points of the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

The Pandemic Response Hackathon is “a virtual hackathon aimed at better understanding and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and future pandemics.” Winners have been announced.

COVID-19 Mutual Aid and Civic Hacking Efforts Global is an index of initiatives looking for support.

Topcoder Anti-Coronavirus Hackathon is sourcing ideas for apps or websites that would help government, organizations, or individuals. Winners have been announced.

Hack for Wuhan is a platform that gathers and collects information about hospitals, hotels, factories, logistics, donations, contributions, prevention, and treatment from reliable sources to help people and organizations communicate and coordinate their efforts.

COVID19CZ, a Czech “IT response group,” applies expertise in crowdsourcing and hackathons to rapidly develop open-source solutions that use bluetooth, location data, and transaction data to trace connections with infected people or places that become hotspots. They have also developed dynamic mobile wallet cards for fast information-sharing.

Ultimate Medical Hackathon is working to quickly design and deploy an open-source ventilator.

Open hardware and low-cost tools

Africa Takes on COVID-19 is the third virtual hackathon hosted by the MIT COVID19 Challenge focused on “developing solutions towards the most pressing issues related to the COVID-19 crisis in Africa.”

The Decentralized AI Alliance’s COVIDathon “brings together global AI and blockchain projects and developers to create intelligent decentralized tools to combat COVID-19 and to reduce risks from future infectious outbreaks.”

Nextstrain has developed an open-source tool for visualizing documented mutations of the pathogen and plotting this phylogeny by date and location.

The Open Covid Pledge allows intellectual property holders to temporarily license their IP for covid-related solutions.

Medtronic is publicly sharing its ventilator design specifications to “enable participants across industries to evaluate options for rapid ventilator manufacturing to help doctors and patients dealing with COVID-19.”

Ontario’s government developed an online self-assessment tool that takes the public through a series of questions to inform those who are concerned they may have contracted COVID-19. (The code is open source.) Nova Scotia’s Digital Service also made code available for its own self-assessment tool.

Opentrons open-source lab automation platform includes open source hardware, verified labware, consumables, reagents, and workstations that can scale up COVID-19 testing by automating thousands of tests per day.

The Open Lung Low Resource Ventilator is a quick-deployment ventilator that utilizes a bag valve mask (BVM), also known as an Ambu-bag, as a core component.

The Pandemic Ventilator is a DIY ventilator prototype.

The Coronavirus Tech Handbook includes a list of open-source ventilators, oxygen concentrators, and more.

On Facebook, the COVID-19 Open Source Library is sharing ventilator projects, designs, and CAD files.

Chai’s Open qPCR device uses polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to rapidly test swabs from surfaces like door handles and elevator buttons to see if the novel coronavirus is present.

OpenPCR is a DIY open-source device with the same use case: environmental testing to identify the coronavirus in the field.

PocketPCR thermocycler can be powered by a simple USB power adapter and may facilitate environmental testing for coronavirus; the project is shared under a GPLv3.0 license.

The JOGL Open Covid19 Initiative is “collectively developing open-source and low-cost tools and methodologies that are safe and easy to use to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.” To participate in discussions, join the Slack channel.

Bart Collet’s public document includes an extensive list of open-source initiatives and low-cost options for ventilators, face masks, telehealth, disinfection, and more.

Project Open Air is developing an open-source ventilator that can be locally reproduced and assembled.

Open Source Ventilator (OSV) is convening engineers, 3D printers, makers, designers, and medical professionals to develop and test low-cost ventilators.

Crowdsourcing and volunteer networks

Crisis Text Line provides “anyone, in any type of crisis, access to confidential and free 24/7 support and information via text message.” Connect with a trained Crisis Counselor by texting 741741. To volunteer, submit an application.

The City of Dallas Office of Innovation has launched the COVID-19 symptom tracker survey and the food access survey to crowdsource data and aid in responding to the global pandemic.

Clara Health’s World Without COVID “instantly matches volunteers with COVID-19 studies to participate in clinical trials for vaccines, treatments, antibody testing, and blood plasma transfusion.”

The Emer²gent Alliance, launched by Rolls Royce, is combining private and public data sets to accelerate and smooth economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, and invites the public to take part in crunching data to derive insights.

The COVID-19 Credentials Initiative, a collaboration of more than 60 organizations, is working to deploy verifiable credential solutions to help stop the spread of COVID-19. They are extending an open invitation for any organization or individual to join the endeavor through a workstream.

Folding@home is a distributed computing project “simulating the dynamics of COVID-19 proteins to hunt for new therapeutic opportunities.” Anyone can download the software and help run simulations.

Arterys Marketplace is an open innovation platform for “AI developers to publish their algorithms and make them available for testing, validation, and trial by the global community.”

The FEMA Continuous Improvement Program is using the DHS Ideascale online platform to crowdsource best policing, enforcement, and safety practices amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Global Grad Show invited 260 universities around the world to submit proposals to help solve issues brought on by COVID-19. 400+ submissions from 35 countries have been submitted.

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee is crowdsourcing “ideas for both near-term quick response and longer term economic stimulus package(s) that address and mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.”

The Department of the Air Force’s Acquisition COVID-19 Taskforce has launched an industry portal, a “one-stop shop for defense industry, commercial companies, and academia to share creative ideas with federal agencies to combat the virus.”

HeroX’s COVID-19 Central is “connecting innovators to COVID-related challenges by aggregating them from a wide array of crowdsourcing platforms.”

FEMA’s How to Help page provides guidance on how to donate, volunteer, or provide critical supplies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Academy of Engineering is calling for engineering action on the COVID-19 crisis “by sharing knowledge, skills, systems approaches, and an innovative mindset to combat the contagion and its impact.”

New York State is establishing a volunteer SWAT Team of companies and individuals “who will be deployed across high-impact and urgent coronavirus response activities to help develop and build technology solutions that will accelerate and amplify our response to COVID-19.” To volunteer, complete the interest form.

COVID Innovations has crowdsourced 200+ COVID-related innovations and initiatives from around the world.

NASA @ WORK, the agency’s internal crowdsourcing platform, is asking employees for viable solutions around three focus areas: personal protective equipment, ventilation devices, and monitoring and forecasting the spread and impacts of the virus. In just over a week, the platform received more than 200 submissions. Amy Kaminski, the prizes and challenges program executive, highlighted sterilizing PPE for reuse as the “number one” area in which NASA could apply its expertise.

The Interoperability Proving Ground, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s open community platform, calls upon the health IT community to share COVID-19 interoperability projects.

MIT Hacking Medicine COVID-19 Collaboration is a virtual platform and community that collects problems and needs, helps teams self-assemble, and showcases solutions that can be used by local teams on the ground.

Catalyst @ Health 2.0 is publishing open calls for solutions, including Brigham and Women’s Emergency Department’s call for provider-facing, text-based platforms to help healthcare professionals self-monitor symptoms of coronavirus, report burnout, and access resources.

ChangeX is “mobilizing a community response to COVID-19” and asking for “great ideas and community leaders.”

Google’s Hack to Help: COVID-19 page is a compilation of “the small hacks people are making to help in any way they can.”

The Emergency Design Collective is looking to collect designs and best practices for DIY masks and PPE, as well as identify teams, labs, and companies who can produce at scale.

Crowdhelix is “seeking researchers and innovators worldwide with a strong track record of excellence in fields relevant to the global effort to tackle the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic” and is offering free access to its online open innovation platform for experts collaborating to develop R&D funding proposals.

3D Printer and Talent Crowdsourcing for COVID-19 asks those with 3D printers, talent, or design expertise to share with hospitals. Responses to the online form will be made available through a public spreadsheet.

A tool to test drug candidates against COVID-19 calls on PC gamers to put spare clock cycles toward advancing humanity’s scientific knowledge of coronavirus. The program links computers into an international network that uses distributed processing power to chew through massive computing tasks.

CovidHelper is an automated system that matches low-risk COVID-19 demographics with nearby high-risk demographics who are unable to leave their homes and need help buying groceries or medicines. When someone requests help, an automated email is sent to all nearby registered helpers with the requester’s contact details.

Help with Covid is a new website sourcing projects in need of engineers; volunteers can review opportunities and sign up to help.

Open data, open research, and information sharing

Researcher’s COVID-19 International Research Collaboration provides “the easiest way to follow the latest science on COVID-19.” The free platform houses “over 16,000 journals and high quality research produced by businesses.”

#TestAndTrace is providing free resources to popularize the test and trace concept in the United States, including compiling key data “so that it can be objectively measured whether each state is prepared to be successful with a test and trace program today.”

The COVID-19 Local Action Tracker by National League of Cities and Bloomberg Philanthropies is “collecting and sharing actions taken by local leaders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The European Commission’s COVID-19 Data Portal aims to “speed up access to data sets and tools in order to bolster research efforts by encouraging data reuse and open science.”

The Center on Rural Innovation’s Employment Risk Index ranks counties by how vulnerable they are to losing jobs “based on three factors relevant to the COVID crisis: an older workforce, concentration of smaller firms, and concentration of employment in high-risk industries.”, by the founders of Instagram, is an up-to-date tracker of how fast COVID-19 is spreading in each U.S. state.

Covid Exit Strategy tracks U.S. state progress towards 20 critical interventions needed to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Sidewalk Widths is an interactive map of New York City that “gives an impression of how sidewalk widths impact the ability of pedestrians to practice social distancing.”

Social Distancing Reporter, built in collaboration with the COVID-19 Mobility Data Network, uses aggregated and anonymous location data to “help the public and policymakers understand how populations are engaging in social distancing over time.”

The Science Responds Project facilitates interaction between COVID-19 researchers and the broader science community. Contribute content through Github and join the discussion on Slack. COVID-19 Data Lake is “a unified, easily accessible data image of critical COVID-19 data publicly available at no cost to the global research community.”

GISAID is an open science database helping the research community share timely genetic sequencing data related to COVID-19. Several countries have deposited 4,000+ sequences of the novel coronavirus already.

IDseq is a free cloud-based, open-source software that “helps scientists identify pathogens in metagenomic sequencing data.” The software helped researchers in Cambodia confirm the country’s first case of COVID-19.

The SEADS Database of COVID-19 Technologies is a searchable directory of low-cost, DIY tech projects in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Rapidly Emerging Antiviral Drug Development Initiative, an open science drug discovery partnership between the Structural Genomics Consortium, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Eshelman Institute for Innovation, aims to invest $125 million in prevention of future pandemics.

Boehringer Ingelheim has shared six of its antiviral compounds and 43 pharmacological tool compounds on the open innovation portal to help expand therapy development efforts for COVID-19.

The COVID Staffing Project offers free tools for hospital workers to project frontline workforce needs, redeploy clinical teams, and protect the health and well-being of providers.

The COVID-19 National Response Portal, an open data platform by HCA Healthcare, Google, and SADA, provides “vital information to healthcare providers, policy makers, and the general public as a one-stop shop for all health data related to COVID-19.”

OpenMined, a community of 7,300+ cryptographic privacy experts, is giving technical advice, open-source code, and support on Slack to help COVID-19 app developers worldwide protect user privacy.

StartUp Health’s COVID-19 Navigator centralizes and elevates solutions from its Call for Innovation, connecting companies, investors, and partners for rapid collaboration.

Nanome is providing free licenses of its collaborative, scientific VR tools to schools, institutions, and companies. Scientists around the world can use the tools to study the molecular mechanics of the coronavirus.

Google is publishing daily search trend insights and open data related to COVID-19 search results, including questions and topics users are querying related to education, unemployment, and preventative measures.

The Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker aims to “track and compare government responses to the coronavirus outbreak worldwide rigorously and consistently.” Country-level data is available in a downloadable spreadsheet.

COVID-19 Open Research Dataset Challenge (CORD-19) calls on AI experts to develop text and data mining tools that can help the medical community develop answers to high-priority scientific questions. The initiative has consolidated 24,000 research papers into a searchable database; now researchers can “mine for insights with natural-language processing algorithms.”

The New York Times has opened up its case-tracking data; county-level data is now available on GitHub.

The COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium — including major tech players, government agencies, and universities — aims to help researchers run massive amounts of epidemiology, bioinformatics, and molecular modeling calculations.

The CURE-19 Project is “building a real-world, publicly available clinical data registry of COVID-19 patients. Our technology infrastructure will become the standard for running clinical trials of COVID-19 that enroll diverse patients quickly and keep patients at home as much as possible.”

The U.S. Geological Survey has published a massive list of open innovation efforts addressing COVID-19, with “interactive dashboards, maps, and visualizations from the usual and unusual players, as well as other spontaneous open innovation efforts around the world.” The wiki also includes citizen science and STEM learning projects that are “perfect for kids at home with teleworking parents.”

Covid Act Now is a regional impact projection tool with an open-source model, created to help leaders make informed decisions about responding to the pandemic.

StartupBlink is creating a Coronavirus Innovation Map of solutions from around the world.

SG Against Covid 19 is a “real-time surveillance and data broadcasting dashboard” of the outbreak in Singapore.

JAMA issued a call for ideas: “Conserving Supply of Personal Protective Equipment.”

The COVID Tracking Project continues to collect information from 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and five other U.S. territories to build a more comprehensive view of U.S. testing data. The initiative makes raw data available for download and offers an open API.

CoEpi — Community Epidemiology in Action is a mobile app enabling contact tracing and symptom sharing.

A crowdsourced guide for converting operating rooms to ICUs compiles best practices for using existing operating rooms, anesthesia machines, and perioperative personnel to prepare for overwhelmed ICUs and address a critical care bed shortage.

Polyplexus Cross Disciplinary Coronavirus Incubator is soliciting published evidence (in the form of micropublications) and emergent hypotheses (in the form of conjectures) that could lead to innovative research concepts to mitigate the spread and impact of a pandemic.

Federation of American Scientists answers COVID-19 questions, providing prompt access to accurate information.

Funding and matching

The Mental Health Fund aims to “support the work of organizations providing crisis intervention via text message as they grow to meet the increased demand of people during COVID-19.”

BARDA’s Division of Research, Innovation, and Ventures is seeking abstract submissions for select COVID-19 medical countermeasures.

New Media Ventures’ Expanded Open Call is “investing in projects that are building movements, technology, and media for progressive power in a COVID-19 context.”

Give Directly is crowdfunding and delivering cash to families impacted by COVID-19, starting with vulnerable U.S. households on SNAP.

The Innoget Covid-19 Open Innovation Initiative is supporting innovators worldwide in bringing forward and funding innovative ideas addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Data Against COVID is an online platform pairing researchers and healthcare professionals with volunteer data scientists to solve data analysis problems. There are currently 700+ scientists in the network and 100,000+ posts in the public discussion forum.

Jack Dorsey has committed $1 billion to global COVID-19 relief efforts through Start Small LLC. Dorsey, who is the CEO of Twitter and Square, will record expenditures in a publicly accessible Google spreadsheet.

Fast Grants is inviting scientists from academic institutions currently working on a COVID-19 related project to apply for $10k to $500k in funding; decisions are made in under 48 hours.

Airbnb is partnering with hosts to “connect 100,000 healthcare staff and first responders with places to stay that allow them to be close to their patients — and safely distanced from their own families.”

NYC Makes PPE matches underserved healthcare workers and organizations in New York with a network of makers and couriers producing and delivering PPE.

The Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund and the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund are raising funds from the city and state’s philanthropies, corporations, and individuals to support nonprofit organizations serving the most vulnerable communities.

Mozilla Open Source Support Program’s COVID-19 Solutions Fund provides awards of up to $50,000 each to open-source technology projects responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Startups Against Corona is helping match companies with startups to solve business-critical problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Protect a Nurse Project is matching hospitals with PPE needs to people, businesses, and other medical facilities that can ship or drop off PPE directly. The project has also compiled a list of nursing homes that have reached out with PPE needs.

The COVID-19 Emergency Supply Chain is matching hospitals, governments, and large organizations with verified PPE suppliers.

Robin Hood COVID-19 Relief Fund is accepting grant applications on a rolling basis from New York City nonprofits that serve vulnerable populations.

GLG’s network of operations, logistics, supply chain management, healthcare, and food safety experts is offering pro bono services to nonprofits, foundations, or social enterprises on the frontlines of the relief effort.

The Rockefeller Foundation is committing $20 million in funding to “create a better tracking and management system for COVID-19 and address the needs of America’s workers, families, and vulnerable communities around the world.”

SOSV is funding #COVIDstartups: “life sciences entrepreneurs working on brand new solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Workers Need Childcare is connecting New York City parents to free and low-cost childcare options during COVID-19.

SBIR is soliciting proposals on topics that address a defense-focused need, including defeating and mitigating COVID-19 as it relates to Air Force operations and activities.

The U.S Digital Response is matching vetted volunteers with federal, state, and local governments that need help with technology, data, design, operations, communications, project management, and other needs during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) created the Coronavirus Hub to connect companies with capacity and resources with those that need them.

University of Colorado Boulder’s Natural Hazards Center announced a special call for quick-response research related to coronavirus and COVID-19, focusing on funding “studies that examine how COVID-19 is affecting potentially vulnerable or marginalized populations, healthcare workers, and other frontline responders, various organizations, and communities.” Proposals to collect perishable data will be accepted until April 1 at midnight MDT.

The Global Innovation Exchange has launched, a global initiative for sharing and seeking solutions. The online hub currently features more than 440 potentially relevant COVID-19 solutions and 45 funding opportunities.

BARDA is soliciting proposals for advanced development and licensure of COVID-19 diagnostics, vaccines, or medicines such as therapeutics or antivirals.

The AWS Diagnostic Development Initiative (DDI) is offering technical support and providing AWS promotional credits to support the use of AWS services to advance diagnostic research for selected institutions and companies.

Nigeria’s CcHUB is looking to fund and provide research and design support, via its Design Lab, for COVID-19 related projects.

StartUp Health Call for COVID-19 Innovation is investing in innovators from around the world working on direct or indirect solutions for mitigating, managing, or treating coronavirus or future pandemics.

Sam Altman is funding COVID-19 startups and projects working on ventilators and PPE production, screening existing drugs for effectiveness, novel approaches to vaccines, and novel therapeutics.

NYC Tech Corona Volunteer Efforts is a Slack group that aims to match its members with incoming requests.

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Due to COVID-19, many folks are evaluating or using videoconferencing or video chat. This chart compares several popular systems.

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  1. Lifesize has a text chat in the app, but no per-meeting text chat.
  2. With Skype, you can call phones, but you cannot call in to Skype meetings from a phone.


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In response to Coronavirus and its impacts on various communities, Art Open Calls & Perennial Press have compiled this living document containing resources for artists. Please share widely!

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The AI algorithm we use is called CAMAP and was developed at the IRIC during Tariq Daouda's PhD. The original application for CAMAP was cancer immunotherapy. However, because it has learned general patterns about the immune system, CAMAP can also unveil virus weaknesses. And could speed up the discovery of a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2.

  • 1- Cells present at their surface tiny fragments of the proteins that they contain. These bits are called epitopes and serve to indicate to the immune system what’s happening inside the cells. When a cell gets infected by a virus, the genetic material from the virus is injected into the cell.
  • 2- Then, the production of new viruses from this genetic material begins. However, some (but not all) fragments from the viral proteins produced also get presented at the cell surface.
  • 3- By analysing the genetic sequence of the virus, our artificial intelligence algorithm (CAMAP) can predict which fragments of this virus are more likely to be presented at the cell surface.
  • 4- We can then select a combination of fragments that have a high chance of being presented at the surface, we can design a vaccine that will efficiently train our immune system.
  • 5- If immune cells then encounter infected cells, they can rapidly recognize them and kill the virus.

In this short clip from 2019, Tariq Daouda talks to IVADO about the most important ideas behind CAMAP.

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