Like most open projects, OpenTechResponse was set up to scratch an itch, or maybe in response to Coronavirus, we should say to stem a fever. It’s an organic community project that has a very simple purpose. It creates a space to bring people across the global open communities together in their response to a disaster. If it helps to remove some silos and to support people finding each other to build a cohesive response to disaster then it has served its purpose.

Amanda Brock, CEO, OpenUK

How OpenTechResponse Came to Be

OpenTechResponse was sparked during a call as European countries began lockdown. Isolated in their homes, open source community leaders discussed how they, and the larger open source community, could help. While discussing open ventilator projects springing up across the globe, they realized an organized response could help connect the many people wanting to volunteer with projects in need of assistance.

Spearheaded by OpenUK CEO Amanda Brock, leaders from around the globe pledged their time, resources, and considerable technical know-how to help make this response come to life within days. Within days of kickoff, more than 150 people volunteered to support the OpenTechResponse initiative. Its immediate focus would be the COVID-19 pandemic.

Patrick McFadin of DataStax was instrumental in ensuring the tools and structure created would bring open communities together in response to any disaster. The goal is to provide the fastest collaboration and most appropriate robust open solutions.

OpenTeams, led by David Charboneau, rapidly built a matchmaking tool that enables developers to list the coding skills and their level of expertise. This is matched with crisis-related projects and nonprofits who need volunteers with these skills. We are currently looking for six projects to be the first to use this new tool.

OpenTechResponse is an organic initiative that is not run or owned by a particular foundation. Although it was started by a few community people, it is being allowed to grow organically.

How You Can Get Involved

Join the Slack Channel by clicking here.

We are looking for 6 COVID-19 response projects to volunteer to be one of the first to use the new matchmaking service.

Click here to volunteer.

Show your support for the open source, open hardware, open science and open data communities’ response to the pandemic by displaying the I support OpenTechResponse banner on social media, your blog, or your website.

You can easily copy-paste the following code:

<a href="https://opentechresponse.com"><img src="https://i.ibb.co/HTCYVtz/I-support-Open-tech-response-Twitter-post.png" alt="I Support OpenTechResponse" border="0"></a>

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