Supporting each other through COVID-19

Supporting each other through COVID-19

If you’re building or organizing something to help with the pandemic and need resources or visibility for your efforts, we’re here to help.

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Program mission

Our community is full of innovators and technologists who are leveraging their skills to create tools, resources, and events with missions focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, we’re inspired by our community – by you – and we’re committed to helping bring your impactful ideas to life.

This is what we’re committing:

For projects, programs, and hackathons

$150,000 in infrastructure credits as well as promotion and publicity for new, not-for-profit projects related to COVID-19. Apply here.

For nonprofits in a position to help

$50,000 in cash donations to the COVID-19 Relief Fund, which supports organizations including: Direct Relief, International Medical Corps, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, United Nations Foundation, National Domestic Workers Alliance, and GiveDirectly

For individuals interested in helping out

Read our ways to get involved to find ideas for joining forces and helping existing projects, participating in Hackathons, and using DigitalOcean resources to learn new concepts or teach others.

Ways to get involved

Whether iterating, developing, collaborating, volunteering, or donating, every role in COVID relief efforts matter. 

There are countless projects and tools being designed and utilized to support COVID relief efforts. Here are some of the projects both individuals and organizations have been working on. For the full list of projects, visit the Hub for Good projects page.

Projects that fight the virus

These are tools built to measure, share, and support COVID research and reporting.

3D Response

3D Response

A marketplace of resources to help create and connect the community in need of PPE.
HelpTrace

HelpTrace

Easy tracker of COVID19 symptoms to help alert loved ones and medical officials trace virus origins.
BioBe C19

BioBe C19

BioBe C19 is a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences. By posting preprints on bioRxiv, authors are able to make their findings immediately available to the scientific community and receive feedback on draft manuscripts.
AtmaGo

AtmaGo

A general repo of user-generated information from various locations through Indonesia about government resources, community information, and official responses to COVID.
Trace COVID19

Trace COVID19

Trace COVID19 is a resource center for the pandemic providing reports, guidelines, test centers, hotspots, and various districts of India.
Beimapp

Beimapp

Beimapp is a Facebook Messenger chatbot, that helps the public register their symptoms for COVID-19 and manages their personal records.

Projects that empower remote work & learning

These tools enable remote culture and make learning accessible to all.

Deaf COVID-19

Deaf COVID-19

A database of ASL videos to keep users up to date on CDC updates.
Free Courses Lebanon

Free Courses Lebanon

A free platform for students and teachers to communicate with a live Q & A forum.
Computers for Kids

Computers for Kids

This is a site that allows members of the public to send computers to schools that are in the most need for resources, to support at-home learning.
Welcome to Live Classes Online

Welcome to Live Classes Online

A no-cost platform built for teachers to support virtual learning. This project will help educators conduct free live classes with no time limit.
SkillBump

SkillBump

Building online courses to empower users to learn technology remotely at home.
Bits-ELearning

Bits-ELearning

Bits-eLearning is an online learning platform committed to bringing high-quality lessons, animations, and learning materials to South African students.

Projects that provide quarantine support

From delivery enablement to habit breakers, these tools support an at-home (for now) lifestyle.

Snug

Snug

Snug is a free, friendly daily check-in service for people living alone.
Helping Hand

Helping Hand

Helping Hand is matchmaking individuals in communities that need support with daily activities. By, connecting volunteers to support grocery delivery and other miscellaneous tasks for those that may be immuno-compromised.
Shopstock

Shopstock

An Android app that allows users to report in real-time status of inventory in their local grocery stores for increased accuracy.
News Translator

News Translator

Designed to help support the Vietnamese speaking community with fast real-time translations on Reddit.
Mom's DESK

Mom's DESK

A directory of educational sites for kids.
Garden Gaff Party

Garden Gaff Party

Garden Gaff Party is an international collective of up-and-coming artists, musicians and performers that are highlighted via live events and multimedia projects. This online space helps with at-home entertainment and enjoyment while supporting artists along the way with donations.

Explore the full list of projects on our Hub for Good projects page.

Hackathons

Are you leading or participating in a hackathon dedicated to COVID-19 relief efforts? Please share the details with the community.

Name Date
COVID-19 Open Research Dataset Challenge (CORD-19) Round 1 ends April 16, round 2 ends June 16
The Resiliency Challenge April 6th-June 5th
NASA SPACE APPS COVID-19 CHALLENGE May 30th-31st
Girls in Tech Hackathon for Covid-19 June 1st-19th

Resources for virtual teaching & learning

Get access to free materials to support you as you hack and contribute to the community.

You can also apply to share your knowledge as part of Write for DOnations – and earn money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Resource Type
Get Started with Containers and Kubernetes Workshop video
Making Servers Work: A Practical Guide to Linux System Administration Course
Python Machine Learning Projects eBook
Automating Server Setup with Ansible Workshop Kit
Using Visual Studio Code for Remote Development Video tutorial
An Introduction to Open Source Tutorial series
How to Use a Remote Docker Server to Speed Up Your Workflow Video tutorial
How to Build and Deploy a Portfolio Website Video course
From Containers to Kubernetes with Node.js Tutorial series

Services to support your efforts

Countless organizations are offering free support and services during these trying times. Here are some of the companies who are offering their tools and services at no cost.

Cloudflare

Cloudflare

Free 30-minute session with a technical expert and seats of Cloudflare for Teams, a free business plan, and rate limiting for government agencies.
Open Collective

Open Collective

Open Collective is waiving all platform fees for all COVID-19-related Initiatives, whether contributing to an existing cause or starting your own.
MeetFox

MeetFox

Free for the next 3 months to help newly remote users transition to online client meetings. Use code "support2020" to get a free license.
Stripe Fast - Grants

Stripe Fast - Grants

If you are a scientist at an academic institution currently working on a COVID-19 related project and in need of funding, we invite you to apply for a Fast Grant.
SnapShooter

SnapShooter

12 months free, SnapShooters' DigitalOcean droplets and volumes backups, for all 'Hub for Good' approved projects.
Airtable

Airtable

Airtable is making Airtable Pro available for free to any non-political humanitarian group that is working on COVID-19 relief efforts.
Snapt

Snapt

Free services that include: LoadBalancer, WAF, GSLB for DigitalOcean.
Chargebee

Chargebee

Get your first $100k USD in revenue for free on Chargebee. They are doubling free processing on our Launch Plan to support early-stage founders launching their business in this challenging climate. Email startups@chargebee.com to get access.

Ready to share your initiatives?

As you can see, there are all kinds of ways to get involved. Whether you’d like to share a project or apply for grant assistance to support something you’re working on, here’s how you can get started.

Who should register?

Any not-for-profit project or initiative that is related to COVID-19!

Examples of projects:

  • Applications or online resources designed to educate, coordinate help, or track the virus
  • Hackathons or virtual challenges related to the pandemic
  • Tools that teach others and enable and support online education
  • Projects that are helping small businesses impacted by the virus

Note: To ensure the $150,000 in credit goes toward a diverse set of ideas, projects running folding@home clients are not eligible.

Why you should register

  1. We'll donate $100 to our COVID-19 Relief Fund for every eligible project that’s submitted and approved.
  2. If your project needs support, we'll provide up to a $1,000 credit to use on DigitalOcean.
  3. If you're interested, we'll promote visibility of your project within our Community.

How the program works

  1. Fill out the form below, letting us know about your project and what kind of support you need.
  2. We'll review your proposal to make sure it meets the criteria. If it does:
  3. We'll donate $100 to our COVID-19 Relief Fund.
  4. If you specified that you need DigitalOcean credits, we'll apply the credit to the account you indicated. More info here.
  5. If you specified that you’d like your project listed publicly, we'll promote it to Community members who want to get involved.
  6. We’ll be in touch via the contact email you provided with details and next steps.

Register your project

Add your project, get support

We’ll get back to you within 24 hours of submission.

By signing up you agree to the Terms of Service and give us permission to use the personal data in this form for this program as described.

Frequently asked questions

How long will it take to hear back from the DigitalOcean team? 

We are committed to replying to every application within 24 hours of submission, regardless of time zone.

How can I get involved in existing projects that need help? 

Above you'll find we've highlighted all of the ways the community can get involved. For the complete list of Hub for Good projects, visit the projects page.

How can we join DigitalOcean as a partner in this effort? 

If your company is interested in providing resources (primarily monetary) to support projects, please email us at hubforgood@digitalocean.comwith [PARTNER] in the subject line.

I didn’t get accepted for DigitalOcean credit, why?

As outlined above, this relief effort is focused on supporting not-for-profit projects that are directly involved with COVID-19 relief. We evaluate each candidate to determine if they are eligible based on the information we receive, and will use our discretion to determine if applicants are ineligible because they are, for example, not directly related to COVID-19 or do not include sufficient information about a project or initiative. Given the rapidly changing needs and conditions surrounding COVID-19, we cannot guarantee that any particular project is eligible, and may change or clarify criteria to help achieve the purpose of the program.

Where can I go to donate to relief efforts?

We set up the COVID-19 Relief Fund, which supports organizations and nonprofits, including: Direct Relief, International Medical Corps, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, United Nations Foundation, National Domestic Workers Alliance, and GiveDirectly. We encourage anyone who’s interested and able to support this fund.

What does it mean if I give DigitalOcean permission to share my project?

If you check the box to allow us to share your project, you are giving us permission to share the information provided in your application, and identifiers like your project names, logos, and trademarks to the public in any format that we choose for promoting projects in this program. If you change your mind or have concerns about how we are sharing your project, you can always reach out to us at hubforgood@digitalocean.com.