Supporting each other to make an impact

Supporting each other to make an impact

If you’re building a nonprofit project or startup that needs resources or visibility for your efforts in actively fighting to improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth, 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 a new blueprint for peace and prosperity. 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:

1. $500,000 in infrastructure credits as well as promotion and publicity for new, not-for-profit projects related to improving health and education, reducing inequality, and spurring economic growth. Apply here.

2. $50,000 in cash donations to the Hub for Good Fund, which supports organizations including: Per Scholas, NPower, Black Girls Code, SocialWorks, Dev Color, All Star Code, and Blacks in Technology Foundation.

3. An ever-growing directory that helps you find other ways to get involved. Find ideas for joining forces, helping existing projects amplify their efforts, and using DigitalOcean resources to learn new concepts and 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 sustainable development. 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 improve health

These are tools built to measure, share, and support 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BioBe C19 is a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences.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 focus on education

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

CoronaStatus

CoronaStatus

Open source webapp that let people report their health status to get overview of COVID-19
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 support economic equity

These tools support socially sustainable economic initiatives.

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.

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.

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

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 improving health and education, reducing inequality, and spurring economic growth!

Examples of projects:

  • Projects that aim to provide access to education, increase good health and well-being, and eliminate poverty and hunger.
  • Tools that promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.
  • Tech that takes urgent action to combat climate change and makes cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Note: To ensure the $500,000 in credit goes toward a diverse set of ideas, projects running folding@home clients are not eligible.

Why you should register

  1. If your project needs support, we'll provide up to a $1,000 credit to use on DigitalOcean.
  2. 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. If you specified that you need DigitalOcean credits, we'll apply the credit to the account you indicated. More info here.
  4. If you specified that you’d like your project listed publicly, we'll promote it to Community members who want to get involved.
  5. 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 10 days 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 10 business days 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 improving health and education, reducing inequality, and spurring economic growth. 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 improving health and education, reducing inequality, and spurring economic growth or do not include sufficient information about a project or initiative. Given the rapidly changing needs and conditions surrounding improving health and education, reducing inequality, and spurring economic growth, we cannot guarantee that any particular project is eligible, and may change or clarify criteria to help achieve the purpose of the program.

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.