Three weeks ago, most of the top startups in Portugal united to fight the Coronavirus outbreak together.
This movement, now called #tech4covid19 (more details about it here: www.tech4covid19.org), has already more than 4850 volunteers (+550 since last week (SLW)) working on 45+ projects (+4 SLW) to beat the virus and the associated economic crisis.
There are already a relevant number of projects launched to the public generating real value to society.
Here you can find the impact report from last week (the first one):
And here you can find a new one for this week:
1) Rooms Against Covid (www.roomsagainstcovid.com)
A booking engine to allow health professionals to book free hotel/airbnb rooms, so they can keep their families safe when they need to rest. There are already 1500+ rooms available in the platform and 397 matches done (+227 SLW).
2) Covidografia (www.covidografia.pt)
A crowd sourced app to track the epidemic evolution, allowing the public entities to see how the virus is spreading (plenty of other features in the roadmap). It was only soft-launched one week ago (official launch planned for next days), but it has 48.467 users registered already (+33.467 SLW). Register and share it now.
3) Crowdfunding to buy hospital supplies (www.stopcovid19.pt)
A very successful crowdfunding campaign to buy supplies in shortage on healthcare centers. The initial objective of raising 100.000€ was crushed within the first days, leading to a stretch goal of 185.000€ to buy additional material. The campaign was closed yesterday with an outstanding result: 6413 people donated 207.231€ (thank you!).
With that money we already bought 106.000 masks FFP2, 2.168 masks FFP1 and 2.168 glasses. 6.000 masks FFP2, 2.168 masks FFP1 and 2.168 glasses were already delivered to the following hospitals: Santa Maria, Garcia de Orta and São João. The remaining 100.000 masks FFP2 are in transit (coming from China).
4) Solidarity Auction to buy hospital supplies (www.esolidar.com/npo/detail/1484-stopcovid-19-tech4covid19/)
The artist Carolina Piteira, the Portuguese Football League and the Rock in Rio festival got together to auction 13 amazing items. 100% of the income will be donated to the #tech4covid19 movement to buy hospital supplies.
Eight items are already auctioned (1.317€ raised), but there are 5 items left to bid for (hurry up!). The sum of the current bids is 11.012€ (+2.055 SLW).
5) Hospital Supplies
There are many projects running in parallel on this front: a) one team managing the procurement / purchase of new items, b) many teams producing locally new items, c) one team collecting donations and d) another team managing logistics to deliver everything fast. The current accumulated outcome already delivered to the health system is:
- 150.000 gloves
- 16.168 surgical masks (8.168 masks via crowdfunding)
- 14.000 shoe covers
- 5.000 surgical caps
- 2.168 glasses (2.168 glasses via crowdfunding)
- 120 liters of alcohol
Most of those items were donated by institutions like a) Liga Portuguesa Contra o Cancro (Núcleo Regional do Sul), b) Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, c) Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica and d) Centro de Investigação Ciências da Saúde da Universidade da Beira Interior. Thank you!
Many more supplies are being produced, donated or purchased as we speak. More news soon.
6) Online Medical Appointments
The startups Better Now, KNOK Healthcare and Zaask gathered 210+ health professionals to provide free online consultation on their platforms. A new platform called acalma.online was also developed to provide free online consultation with psychologists. So far 186 (+96 SLW) free video-calls were made.
7) Homemed (www.homemed.pt)
In order to ensure your safety and comfort during the Covid-19 pandemic, the startup Homemed, in partnership with Senhas.pt, allows you to book your medicines online and collect them at the pharmacy at the time that is most convenient for you.
A “wisdom of the crowds”-based app to know if there is a long, small or no line in the supermarket or pharmacy that you want/need to go, so unwanted / unnecessary crowd gatherings can be avoided.
The app was launched this week and there are already 43.000+ downloads/users, 7.151 locations listed and 2.800 data reports. The more the merrier, so join the crowd, share the word to your friends and share occupancy information every time you visit a supermarket or pharmacy.
9) Student Keep (www.studentkeep.org)
Students who do not have access to computers and / or the internet are unable to follow the online school activities currently proposed by teachers who try to teach at a distance. This project aims to promote and coordinate a sponsorship system, through which individual or corporate persons become Keepers, providing temporary or permanent computer equipment to students.
The project was launched this week and has already 380 requests by students in need, 60 keepers willing to provide equipment and 12 matches already made.
Props also to the task forces working to support / enable all the projects in areas such as Talent sourcing/management, Marketing, Funding, Partners and sponsorships, Legal, Project Management, DevOps and Government Relations.
Talking about partnerships, it’s important to highlight that 15+ companies and institutions like the AEP, AMEN.pt, AWS, Bytalk, CTT, Dominios.pt, DNS.pt, Google, Mailchimp, McDonalds, Microsoft, NOS, Portuguese Nurses’ Order, Portuguese Pharmacists’ Order, Slack, TypeForm, Uber, and many others already joined the movement as partners or supporters. Thank you!
I couldn’t not be prouder of all the work the volunteers are doing, but it’s not (yet) time to say our job is done. There are so much more to do it. There are many more lives to impact.
Let’s keep finding solutions faster than the virus spreads.
Let’s keep fighting together to beat this virus.