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Engineering our way out of Covid-19

Jason Norwood-Young
Jason Norwood-Young

While it’s tempting to spend lockdownd-time binge-watching Netflix, you could spend your time creating cool open source problems to the Coronavirus crisis instead. Helpful Engineering is a new community that has exploded, with 3,400 volunteers working on over 35 projects (at time of writing).

These guys and girls aren’t screwing around either – projects go through a serious vetting process for approval: “A group of 18 engineers, product designers, manufacturers, and MDs with field-experience in COVID-19 treatment started reviewing project proposals, assigning top priority projects that had the highest quality review, the lowest cost, and the shortest development period. Within our wider community, we invited our qualified members to participate in a peer review of proposals.”

The first product is a cool origami face shield which can be manufactured for under a dollar each. So if you’ve finished Tiger King, you can sign up here.

Jason Norwood-Young
  • Journalist, developer, community builder, newsletter creator and international man of mystery, Jason was one of the first South Africans to really grasp the importance of data in the newsroom and has remained one step ahead of the trends in the field all the way. Even Naked Data was conceived before email newsletters were cool again. But what does that tell you about the measure of the man? Nothing, that's what. He hides the superman CV behind a truly mild-mannered and overly modest persona and is best described as "one of the nicest guys in the business". When he's angry, it is righteously so, and his anger always wears velvet mittens. The true signs of his genius include the ability to create multilingual puns on demand (witness the alternative Naked Data strap "Putting the heita in to data") and the fact that he offered me a job. (AO)

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