Coronavirus Projects

The global pandemic known as the coronavirus (COVID-19) has inspired a global response. This page will be continuously updated with virtual events, funding opportunities, and collaborative civic tech projects that will try to help the world respond and recover.

We’re also working to help connect people working on immediate coronavirus responses with resources to assist and help make them more effective. You can help others or ask your own query of the community here.


Coronavirus Engagement Projects

How are people engaging the public and private sectors to help contribute to a collective response to the pandemic? How are people helping to contribute informal, mutual aid, to address common needs like social connection and remote work? How is the trend towards digital civic engagement accelerating because of social distancing requirements? We’ll track global responses to these needs here.

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Coronavirus Govtech Projects

Resources for governments to better engage the public, and vice versa. We will better understand our reliance on effective governance more than we have in recent years.

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Coronavirus Data Projects

Open datasets, civic data, government data, data visualizations, and other key sources for coronavirus response work.

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COVID-19 map

Members of built a page that matches government information on the recent movements of confirmed coronavirus patients with users' location history based on Google Maps Timeline to check whether or not they may have had contact with the patients, and if so — where and when.

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Coronavirus: Information sources

First Draft is maintaining a database of expert sources on coronavirus for journalists to contact for up-to-date information on the outbreak.

Coronavirus Advocacy Projects

How do we engage in politics in a new era of social distancing? What role does watchdogging and transparency serve? Which campaigns will we support to build the world we need?

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Coronavirus Media Projects

State and non-state actors are taking advantage of the panic and uncertainty surrounding the pandemic to destabilize democracies. How do we counter this misinformation? Resources for journalists and informed citizens alike.

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Emerging Tech and Hardware

How can emerging technologies like AI support us in these times? Can they? Medical supplies are in very short supply – are there safe, effective public responses to help fill the need?

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Open Source COVID19 Medical Supplies

This group is being formed to evaluate, design, validate, and source the fabrication of open source emergency medical supplies around the world, given a variety of local supply conditions.

Open Source Ventilators Subreddit

A community dedicated to researching locally-sourced, easy-to-manufacture designs for PEEP valves, BVMs, automated BVM pumps, and full ventilators.

The OpenCovid19 Initiative

Developing and sharing open source methodologies to safely test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 using multiple approaches.

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Funding opportunities


Most civic tech conferences are moving online and are free of charge. Why not join in?

  • Modernizing Congress: Bringing Government into the 21st Century
    July 1, 2020  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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  • Code for All Summit Day 1
    July 14, 2020
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  • Code for All Summit Day 2
    July 20, 2020
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  • Code for All Summit Day 3
    July 22, 2020
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  • RightsCon
    July 27, 2020 - July 31, 2020  
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