INNOVATIONS IN ACTION

Innovators across the globe are helping address COVID-19 with their existing or new innovations across 12 categories. 100s of them have shared their COVID-19 activities. We are closely reviewing, and hand-picking a new selection of innovations regularly.

Innovations Showcased June 17, 2020 

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Beacon Emergency Dispatch Platform
A text message-based dispatching platform that provides reliable access to vulnerable populations in dire situations
Beacon Dispatcher is a do-it-yourself computer-aided dispatch (CAD) platform that allows any organization to design, test, launch and be ready to scale their own emergency dispatching system in 30 minutes or less. As the Covid-19 pandemic shutters communities across the globe, many high-risk and vulnerable groups, like the elderly, disabled and housebound, are finding themselves without reliable access to essential goods like food and medications, putting them in potentially dire situations.
  • Beacon Dispatch Platform is already helping communities throughout the United States to mitigate these problems and bring some level of relief to the neediest among us by helping groups to organize and manage their own resource delivery networks to provide food, meds, and wellness checks for at-risk and vulnerable populations, thus keeping manageable health challenges from becoming acute medical emergencies.
  • Most recently, Beacon has been redeployed to support and manage community-based resource delivery networks in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic to enable the delivery of food and medication, and to conduct welfare checks for high-risk populations.
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Kolibri
Providing offline education and teacher support to at-home learners
Kolibri by Learning Equality is an open-source educational platform designed to provide offline access to a curated and openly licensed content library with pedagogical support tools for use in low-resource and low-connectivity contexts. In response to COVID-19, Learning Equality has not so much changed products and services but rather reprioritized their content to provide resources to support parents, educators, and learners in light of the shift to distance learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They have also shared COVID-19 specific resources in their Kolibri Community COVID-19 Facebook Group and in the Kolibri Content Library. They have stories and examples in various countries such as:
  • In Uganda, Learning Equality has provided content relevant to the national curriculum in collaboration with the National IT Authority, the National Curriculum Development Centre, and UNICEF Uganda.
  • While in the DRC, the Ministry of Education has recommended Vodafone Instant Schools for Africa Kolibri for relevant content during the pandemic
CareMother
Pregnancy CareApp now providing COVID-19 screening
CareMother, an MIT Solve funded innovation, is an application that uses technology to provide pregnancy care for women in India, including those in the tribal region. CareMother pregnancy care App is now upgraded with COVID-19 screening combined with an AI-powered symptom assessment to identify mild and severe cases. In association with Ada Health Berlin, CareMother provides two product offerings to support the health system in India: (1) Web & App-based COVID-19 screening tool. (2) AI-powered online COVID-19 Assessment. These tools provide guidance on home care which alleviates unnecessary demand on medical professionals who can focus their care on those who need it most. This application has been validated and supported by global organizations and hospitals, including FOGSI, KEM Hospital, Sahyadri Hospitals, Nanavati Super Specialty Hospital, and Google, Cisco, MIT Solve, and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.
Highlight: Colored bleach additive
Protecting front-line workers from infection
Highlight is the new standard of compliance, quality control, and safety for protecting the lives of health workers, patients, and the general public. It has various methods of disinfectant coverage, as it can be sprayed onto surfaces, used as wipes, or distributed as a powder. In response to COVID-19:
  • Highlight has been deployed by Fire and EMS departments in the United States for ambulance and PPE decontamination and has donated products to a hospital for spraying down screening rooms
  • Highlight has been used in West Africa to tackle the Ebola crisis and is now being utilized across the globe to provide an epidemic response and daily prevention for COVID-19.
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