A COVID-19 call to action: Here’s what we can do to help
Right now, everyone is looking for ways to contribute to the fight against COVID-19. We’re no different—we want to help in every way possible. Below, I want to highlight three things we’re doing right now to help combat the spread of novel coronavirus.
1.) We’re pledging free-of-charge software development for not-for-profit organizations that directly combat the virus
Starting today, we’re announcing a pledge to offer 1,000 product development hours per month at no cost to qualifying not-for-profit organizations using technology to fight the spread of novel coronavirus. This pledge will continue over the next three months as we work to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 spread.
Priority will be given to those projects which have an immediate and measurable impact to aid healthcare workers, improve test capabilities, and provide support to patients.
2.) We’re offering at-cost software development to provide assistance to healthcare and supply-chain organizations
These industries are on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19, and we want to offer our support.
For projects that directly assist the healthcare industry and its on-the-ground workers, we are offering engineering services at cost throughout the next three months. We are also extending this resource to logistics organizations working to help keep supply chains intact.
Some of these at-cost services include:
- Full-service software development services
- Quality assurance and testing teams to ensure accelerated product functionality
- Tier III support teams for COVID-19 response projects
3.) We’re building an application that allows for self-administered, remote COVID-19 testing
Finally, I want to share that we are in the final stages of developing mobile and web applications that improve access to COVID-19 testing. In partnership with Genobank.io and the Telos Foundation, we’re building an open-source application that will allow people to self-administer a coronavirus test at home, then mail their test kit anonymously to the lab for evaluation. Here’s how it will work:
- Anyone can receive a test kit via mail
- Individuals can then self-administer a COVID-19 test at home
- People can sign in to the app, create a login on the blockchain, then anonymously mail their test to the lab without assigning any personal information to the test
- The lab will then post results of the test to the app’s blockchain platform
- Individuals can view the results of their test anonymously through the platform
We expect to complete development on the app next week and launch the service in 2-3 weeks. Once complete, the mobile testing application will be invaluable for several reasons:
- Mobile testing provides a safe way for people to take the COVID-19 test and quickly get their results without placing additional strain on healthcare workers
- With tests kits in short supply, this mobile testing method will increase COVID-19 without drawing resources from hospitals
- Anonymous test results will be made available to everyone. Researchers can use this data in real-time to track the virus spread.
This application has the potential to improve access to COVID-19 testing drastically. I’m immensely proud of the work this team is doing and can’t wait to share more details over the coming weeks.
We’re in this together
This is what we’re doing now. But at this critical time, we want to do more to help in this fight. If our teams can be a resource for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can reach our team at any time by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re all in this together. Let us know how we can help.
From our family to yours, I hope you’re staying safe and healthy.
Forte Group Founder and CEO