Some of us have learned to be uniquely scratchy during this pandemic. I'm talking about Socks as masks and Chickpea water as a vegetarian protein substitute Kind of scrappy.
And you'll learn in this week's Tech For Good edition that startups are no exception. Companies around the world are committed to helping us deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a list of some of the recent partnerships we have noticed, as well as other advantages of private companies.
From greeting cards to virtual therapy
Ali O’Grady founded the greeting card startup Thoughtful person The greeting cards deal with difficult topics such as cancer, grief and more recently quarantine and pandemic. Thoughtful Human has partnered with BetterHelp Therapy to offer for a month free virtual therapy by phone or text.
Zira wants to help you get back on your feet when you are released
Zira is an automated workforce solution to support shift plans and team communication. Now a free tool called has started Ricochet to help those released due to COVID-19. The application mainly teaches users how to deal with unemployment, curated by location. It also creates a community where users can stay in touch with former employers and has a job market.
Yext goes to the state
Yext, a site search toolhas partnered with the U.S. State Department to create a COVID-19 information hub for the dissemination of information about travel warnings. In the past month, Yext has websites for the State of New Jersey and the state of Alabama.
An alternative to a good old restaurant menu
My menuThe company, which traditionally offered restaurants a digital tablet menu platform, is now giving away its underlying technology to make restaurants online-friendly overnight. My Menu technology enables restaurants to create a menu that appears when customers scan a QR code on their phones. It will help restaurants make their menus more accessible.
Creativity with the cloud
DigitalOcean, a cloud provider, created a hub for developers to share projects to help people deal with the pandemic. Projects that have emerged as a result include an app that allows people to anonymously report on their state of health to check the spread around the world, and a distance learning group from Kenyan primary school teachers.
Start-up therapy free of charge
Betaworks is launching a free 6-week peer-to-peer mentoring program to bring founders and business leaders together in mentor-led self-help groups. Application deadline is April 13thParticipants will be selected based on availability.
Janelle M. Jimenez, founder and CEO of the Stellari sustainable clothing startup, uses her startup capital to create masks with manufacturers in Los Angeles. It has invested $ 15,000 in seed capital in partnerships with factories and needs $ 10,000 to manufacture large-scale fabric masks. She plans to donate the masks at cost price while supporting the local clothing industry. T.he tries raised nearly $ 24,000 on Indiegogo.
Encoders combine to make websites COVID-19 friendly
Coding Dojo has one initiative to connect his alumni group of programmers with small businesses that need website development. Coders take on projects such as creating a website for this Eckbodega or adding a deployment function to existing websites for free.
If the marathon is canceled, Boston is a new step
Tom O’Keefe is the founder of StrideForStride, which buys bib numbers for low-income runners from all over the world from Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Jamaica and the United States. Due to COVID-19, they lost a fundraiser in hotels and donations from restaurants and Sam Adams. Stride plans to host running clubs in various businesses and bars in Boston as soon as everything reopens, and has since launched a website DownloadBoston.com to highlight local businesses.
A group of New Yorkers started a challenge called #InMyScrubs Raising money to send meals from local restaurants to feed critical health workers in hospitals. Although this is not a technical initiative, it is heartwarming. The idea is to publish pictures of yourself on Instagram in "peels" such as sweatpants and sports in order to show solidarity with those in your hospital peels. The challenge raised nearly $ 68,000.