Despite the tough times, the examples of generosity and compassion being shown around the world are so encouraging. Here’s a roundup of how tech companies are helping fight off and improve the lives of others during the pandemic.
While COVID-19 has taken a serious toll all over the world, we have seen heartwarming examples of neighbors helping neighbors with physical and emotional support as the world begins to recover.
We’ve also seen companies step up to the mark to support communities in the ways available to them:
- Restaurants offering free delivery and, in some cases, free food.
- Grocery stores are accommodating special populations with special shopping times and free pickup and delivery of orders.
- Ondemand entertainment companies are providing special children’s content to keep kids busy and learning while at home.
It’s so encouraging to hear about these examples of generosity and compassion. It’s also been great to see some of the amazing things that tech companies are working on in support of those on the front line of this battle, as well as those sheltering at home.
At Codility, we believe it is important to give back. For the past two years, my office in San Francisco has partnered with a local organization, the SF-Marin Food Bank, to volunteer at their facilities to package food for families in need.
Now more than ever we know that our support can have an impact. I helped the team establish a Codility Cares fundraiser to provide food and help our community prepare for whatever challenge COVID-19 presents. For every $1 donated, the food bank will provide two healthy meals to our neighbors in need. If you would like to donate to the SF-Marin Food Bank, you can do so here.
Here are some of the cool things that other tech companies are doing in the fight against COVID-19.
Apple is giving 10 million N-95 masks to the healthcare community in the United States. The company has also donated $15 million to support the economy. It continues to pay its hourly employees through the work stoppage, including all retail and office employees. Apple also has an employee matching program in which it matches employee donations both nationally and internationally for COVID-19 support.
Talent acquisition platform, Arena Analytics, came to the rescue of the Girl Scouts whose annual cookie sales had been cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic. Arena promptly placed a huge order and had them delivered to hospitals for sweet treats for healthcare workers.
California 3D modeling company, Cad Crowd, located in Glendale, California, has started a prototypes competition open to those CAD designers with potential products related to squashing COVID-19 in open spaces.
Tech giant, Cisco, is offering free 90-day licenses with unlimited use of its Webex app so that people working from home can communicate properly. Cisco has also committed $225 million to COVID-19 in cash and products to support government, technology, education and healthcare.
Dyson / The Technology Partnership
In conjunction with The Technology Partnership, Dyon is producing the CoVent ventilator to support COVID-19 patients. The ventilator is portable, runs on battery power and mounts on beds. The company plans to build 10,000 ventilators for the UK and 5,000 to be donated.
Facebook / Data for Good
Through the use of its Data for Good program, Facebook has made data-driven tools available to help with understanding the progress of COVID-19. Tools for the public include High Resolution Population Density Maps and live displays for checking on public posts related to COVID-19.
Google has created a COVID-19 fund to support global temporary staff members and vendors with paid sick leave if they have disease symptoms or can’t go to work due to quarantine. The company is also providing the premium version of Hangouts Meet at no cost for G Suite for Education customers. The company has also made a $50 million commitment to support relief organizations, government and organizations that focus on education, health and science and small business.
HP is providing 3D printing resources globally to support healthcare workers facing possible contamination of the coronavirus. HP is working on printable hand-free door openers, face shields, mask adjusters, field ventilators and FFP3.
Intel has launched a platform-based robotic program in China healthcare facilities to help minimize the contraction of the virus by doctors and nurses. The robots transport equipment and supplies, eliminating humans during this step of taking care of COVID-19 patients. Cisco has also provided virtual learning support to educators and students all over the world.
Zello’s messaging service works like a walkie-talkie app to facilitate collaboration among users anywhere in the world. The company has offered their premium version free to first responders so that they can communicate efficiently even in low bandwidth areas.
It’s no wonder that the high tech industry has stepped forward as the COVID-19 pandemic surrounded the globe. These companies are built on innovation—on finding better ways—so it’s natural for them to try to elevate and support the people on the front line fighting this disease as well as those people doing all they can to keep their families safe while they attempt to continue education and socialization separated from former circumstances.
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