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.

Example projects:

A crowdsourcing platform, run by volunteers, to share useful and verified information on the Coronavirus pandemic in Italy

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A knowledge base website that collects public health information on the novel coronavirus from WHO, CDC, NYS, and NYC.

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.

Example projects:

COVID Challenge Platform

The COVID Challenge Platform is a no-cost clearinghouse to connect healthcare and government agencies to the resources they urgently need to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

European Commission Recommendation for Coronavirus response mobile data and apps

A common EU approach for the use of mobile applications and mobile data in response to the coronavirus pandemic

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Coronavirus Data Projects

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

Example projects:

Chicago Test Out

This site tracks COVID-19 testing data and hospital bed availability over time in the city of Chicago.

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COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports

Google shares aggregate location data with public officials to show where stay-in-place orders are being followed

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?

Example projects:

An online open content tool designed to help workers share information with each other about health and safety issues in their workplace

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.

Example projects:

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?

Example projects:

Self-fabricated Face Shields

People with access to lasercutters and 3D printers are designing and fabricating face masks for front-line healthcare workers

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.

What are we missing?

Funding opportunities


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

  • Bringing Everyone to the Table: Fostering a Diverse and Inclusive Culture in Civic Tech
    September 30, 2020  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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  • The Global Community Bio Summit 4.0 @biosummit
    October 11, 2020 - October 13, 2020
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  • European Local Democracy Week
    October 12, 2020  4:30 am - October 16, 2020  5:30 am
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  • Code for America Brigade Congress
    October 16, 2020 - October 18, 2020  

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  • Civic Technologies: Research, Practice, and Open Challenges
    October 17, 2020
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