If you would like to make a submission, please email Shana Duncan.
General Information & Resources
Emerson Collective is a social change organization that uses a broad range of tools including philanthropy, impact investing, and policy solutions to create the greatest good for the greatest number of people. They've put together this list of remote learning resources and this list of resources for personal wellness.
Golden is on a mission to map out human knowledge and accelerate discovery and learning. They have compiled a comprehensive knowledge guide on COVID-19 located here.
sf.citi ( ); has great information/resources in their SF Tech COVID-19 Update.
Tech:NYC has pulled together some helpful resources to assist companies navigating COVID-19 here. You can also sign up for their COVID-19 newsletter with NY-specific updates and info here.
W2O Group has launched a unique information platform in partnership with the California Life Sciences Association. Powered by W2O analytics, the platform, “COR,” provides a one-stop source of curated COVID-19 information, enabling anyone to track and share the most relevant content and voices around the pandemic. The platform refreshes itself every 60 seconds and analyzes millions of coronavirus-related tweets each day as they pertain to the following categories:
- HCPs: posts that come from handles operated by healthcare providers (HCPs), e.g.: physicians, nurses, etc.
- Media: content from major media companies and personalities with a focus on healthcare.
- Life Sciences: posts that either mention a life sciences company or come from a handle operated by a life sciences company.
- California: posts that either mention a location within California or from handles that are operated by California state or local government outlets.
- Coronavirus: top-line, unfiltered posts from all of Twitter.
They will launch additional features and lenses to the COR dashboard in the coming weeks, including COVID-19 data and preprints being shared by respected researchers and scientists, as well as communications from global and local health officials.
Help Flatten the Curve
Check your Risk! - In collaboration with infectious disease experts from Emory University, the US Military, and academia, Vital has built a tool that allows you to check your risk for COVID-19.
The tool is meant to bucket users/patients into three risk categories: low, medium, high, based on immediate medical need. The goal is to get enough people to use this to prevent systemic overload and "flatten the curve" to buy time for our healthcare industry.
Voluntarily, users are providing a ZIP/Postal code (but no identifiable information), which we are using to plot the location of self-triaged plausible COVID-19 cases. Our hope is that we can identify hot-spots 3-7 days earlier than officially reported statistics. This data will be made available to governments, researchers, and public health officials. Please participate and share!
Help Fund COVID-19 Aid Shipments
There is a significant shortage of COVID-19 related relief items. Currently, the Flexport.org Fund exclusively focuses on supporting the sourcing and transport of supplies related to the coronavirus pandemic. By helping to cover the logistics costs, you’re enabling supplies worth thousands of dollars to reach people in need.
Help Fund C-3 Test
Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health have developed the C3 Test, a test that can not only detect COVID-19 in people showing no symptoms, but can detect precise viral load and is therefore needed for testing treatments like blood plasma and antimalarials. The team is led by Dr. Ian Lipkin, a renowned expert on pathogen discovery who has himself tested positive but continues to work on treatments.
Given the urgency, the School’s board is using an unorthodox crowdfunding campaign that invites the public to contribute to emergency funding for adding testing capacity. Anyone can donate here.
AWS Survey to Pair Companies with Global Healthcare Providers - As work to battle COVID-19 escalates, at AWS we’re hearing from healthcare providers around the world looking to rapidly deploy new approaches to diagnostic, treatment, and operational challenges including an appetite to work with startups. We're looking to enhance the signal-to-noise ratio, help match supply and demand, and increase the responsiveness, capacity and resiliency of our healthcare systems.
If you have capabilities relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic, please let us know through this short survey instrument. We’ll be organizing this information by key use cases, sharing those options with healthcare organizations and will make direct introductions to those expressing interest in specific ventures/approaches/solutions.
Resources, Offers, & Services
Ava offers real-time transcription for deaf/hard-of-hearing & non-native speakers. Ava's speech recognition captioning technology has been improved specifically for all online meetings, and they are making the Pro & Campus plans 100% free for the next 30 days for new users. They absolutely believe every deaf/hard-of-hearing employee should be on this plan to have the accessibility they deserve. It's also really nice if you are have a lot of interviews & sales calls to transcribe. People can start their trial here directly.
Glide turns spreadsheets into apps. The result is a friendly mobile app that stays in sync with your spreadsheet, that you can share with an unlimited number of users. We've seen a wave of health & safety apps in the past two weeks, allowing doctors and do-gooders to distribute and collaborate on spreadsheet data with audiences of over 40,000 users in some cases. Try it at glideapps.com and use coupon B371892F3 to unlock our enterprise features (Glide Organizations) for three months free for COVID-19 use cases.
Lever is a recruiting software company that has made its Remote Interviewing solution available at no charge through May 31st, 2020. The solution includes expanded functionality that was fast-tracked last week in order to fully support remote interviewing with its Zoom integration.
By offering this integration at no cost, Lever is supporting companies as they cope with how to keep hiring during this unprecedented time of newly distributed teams and remote work. You can find more information on this offer here.
Pilot has put together helpful information about the Paycheck Protection Program.
- Companies may be eligible to receive a forgivable loan (a loan that can convert to money you keep) of 2.5x your average monthly payroll (up to $10m), subject to some restrictions.
- The loan will not require a personal guarantee from the business owner
- To be forgiven, the amount needs to be spent in eight weeks, and the amount of the loan that is forgiven will be reduced by layoffs or certain salary reductions
- Some startup companies that have significant VC ownership may not be eligible (the industry is still looking for guidance on this topic from the Treasury department)
They’ve written up a more detailed summary of the Paycheck Protection Program here. They are monitoring the situation closely, and keeping that page up-to-date. When applications are open, They will be helping startups submit applications.
RemoteHQ is a collaboration tool for remote teams. Stay connected and work together virtually with your team in all the ways you do in real life. Fully browser-based. Free for the next few months - https://www.remotehq.com/stay-healthy
Remotion puts your team on your desktop so you can see who’s free and jump into quick video chats. Bring your team together with more face-to-face collaboration. They're in beta for macOS and are free for teams.
Tandem is a virtual office for remote teams, where you can see who’s available and talk/video/screenshare in one click. We’re here to help: we’ve waived all fees for the next few months: https://tandem.chat/coronavirus
Brandathon is a weekend-long branding hackathon where 9 expert creatives rebrand 3 early-stage companies, all while being critiqued and mentored by iconic founders, CMOs, creative directors and VCs. In response to Covid-19, we've created a virtual infrastructure for hosting our weekend experience moving forward. Becoming remote has actually allowed us to cut costs dramatically, while doubling or creative and mentor rosters. We're also okay with making less profit, which stems from the belief that the rising tide will lift us all. All said, we're offering a 50% discount on Brandathon until things normalize. Please find our deck linked here.
If your company is pivoting in response to the pandemic, we can revamp your strategy. If your current brand guidelines feel out of touch, we can completely reimagine your tone and voice. Exceptional design, sales documents and pitch decks go a long way in building trust during hard times, and we want to be there in the trenches with you. Let us know if we can help your brand!
Our next virtual experiences are happening March 27-29 and April 17-19, 2020.
Schoolclosures.org - Last Wednesday, we realized 55 million US children were facing the prospect of becoming involuntary homeschoolers - many of them while working from home for the first time. We saw that a lot of companies were creating individual resources for families and saw the need for a unified response. We decided to organize relief efforts for families affected and put up our MPV, schoolclosures.org in 24 hours. Since then we've recruited 100+ volunteers and joined forces with Class Dojo, Crisis Text Line, Khan Academy, Revolution Foods, Salesforce, Twilio and dozens of other education organizations, investors and startups who are giving their resources to the cause and helping get the word out to families that there is help available.
Twilio helped us build a hotline which we are staffing with 40 parent volunteers with expertise in remote learning. Parents all over the country are calling in. Many of them were not given any lesson plans or are trying online learning for the first time. Some don't know how to get access to the internet or they're healthcare workers who need emergency childcare. We began with distance learning and education but talking to parents it became clear this is going to raise a lot of other problems - including food, financial security, and childcare (especially for health workers). Plus many schools and teachers are ill equipped.
If you or your company is doing any relief efforts and would like to join the coalition, please let us know. We're getting tons of calls and requests for help across the country and we need help from more volunteers to meet demand - we especially need content editors, call center volunteers, social media and dev support. Last but not least, today we're being featured on Product Hunt. We'd greatly appreciate it if you could look for School Closures on Product Hunt and share your honest feedback. Contact Manisha - email@example.com if you have resources to spare or want to join forces.
Outschool offers live online classes for kids (ages 3-18), conducted over video chat. Outschool's marketplace of qualified teachers helps students continue learning at home by providing a safe, vetted, and fun classroom experience. Classes are social and meet in small groups, powered by Zoom.
As part of Outschool's response to recent school closures, they launched Outschool.org, a program to offer free live online classes to public school families in need. If you would like to match Outschool and help fund this program, you can donate here.
Food & Delivery
DoorDash delivers food from your favorite restaurants right to your door, and is currently operating. They have updated their default delivery option to “no contact” for increased safety, and have implemented new programs to support their “Dashers” and restaurant & community partners during this difficult time.
Farmstead (Bay Area) is an online grocery store that delivers fresh, high-quality groceries straight to your door, for the same price as the store with no delivery fees. Our AI-powered procurement software helps keep your essentials in stock and we continue to receive daily shipments of produce, meat, dairy, eggs, bread, and non-perishables during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order. Sign up for your first order and receive $15 off plus free milk here.
Instacart offers local grocery delivery and is currently operating. They have implemented additional safety measures, including a “no contact” delivery option in response to COVID-19.
Invisible Hands (not affiliated) - Grocery delivery for vulnerable populations in NYC. Request service or volunteer!
Health & Personal Care
Boulder is welcoming new patients for opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment in Alaska and Oregon regardless of insurance carrier or current ability to pay. We are working hard to ensure no disruption in care to our current patients, and expanding services for Boulder participants to include COVID-19 advice and triage, primary and urgent care services for those who can safely stay at home, and, as always, peer coaching and unconditional support for people seeking recovery from opioid use.
Circle Medical offers UCSF-affiliated primary care doctors via telemedicine, paid for by your insurance. Get preventive care, referrals, prescriptions, COVID assessments and more.
Forward offers COVID-19 assessment, testing, and care nation-wide.
Girls' Night In is a self-care and wellness newsletter and community for women. Their current newsletter and resource guide are full of practical tips for staying grounded during these uncertain times.
Hims & Hers - It's more important than ever to stay inside to help keep our communities safe and our hospitals focused on critical patients. For any non-urgent medical conditions like the flu, common cold, sinus infections, allergies, UTIs etc., Hims & Hers can now connect you and your family to a doctor via telemedicine for treatment and medication from the safety of your home, and they have also launched a convenient Coronavirus Self-Assessment tool.
Nurx offers various telemedicine services.
The Class by Taryn Toomey is a transformative workout of the body and mind. Through simple, repetitive calisthenics and plyometrics, participants challenge the body to engage the mind. With guided instruction and powerful music, The Class invites students to witness their resistance to discomfort. The result is an expansive, heart-clearing and body-strengthening release. This Class will challenge and enlighten you all while building an incredibly strong, lean, resilient body. You will learn tools to empower your life. Visit digitalstudio.theclass.com for a two-week trial.
Zocdoc is the tech company at the beginning of a better healthcare experience. Amid the ongoing spread of COVID-19, Zocdoc is helping alleviate the strain on the healthcare system by building a critical mass of new telehealth appointments. For the first time, the company is enabling its nationwide network of participating providers to offer virtual appointments through its platform. Now, patients can find and schedule virtual appointments with providers across more than 40 specialties — whether for COVID-19 or routine healthcare needs.
Zeus Living is here if you are in need of a comfortable housing option, or if you are searching for a calm, private, WiFi-enabled workspace. Additionally, right now we're offering a $500 discount off every first month's stay for students and faculty members in need of off campus housing (use promo code "UNI500" and a university email address upon booking). More information on our university discount can be found here. And if you would like to learn more and speak with a member of our team, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We're here to help!
Media/Social Engagement Alternatives
In an effort to create more human connection in these challenging times the Highlighter team has built the Self-Quarantine Book Club. SQBC is a community on Slack where book lovers around the world are coming together to discuss what they’re reading. Each book has its own Slack channel, so it’s easy to find other readers, share thoughts and questions, or just sit back and follow the conversation.
How You Can Help Immediately:
City of SF Response Fund - Donate
CDC Foundation - Donate
C-3 Test funding - Donate
DirectRelief - Donate
Invisible Hands (NYC) - Volunteer
Flexport Fund for Frontilne Responders - Donate
Food Bank NYC - Donate or Volunteer
Meals on Wheels SF - Volunteer or Donate
Outschool Education Fund - Donate
Project Hope - Donate
Second Harvest Silicon Valley - Donate
SF/Marin Foodbank - Donate
#StopTheSpread Recovery Fund - Donate
UCSF COVID-19 Response Fund - Donate