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The Plug

Jewel Wicker

12 June 2020

United States

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Spurred by the trend towards digital conferencing during the Covid19 pandemic, Black technologists created virtual gatherings to support communities who are generally underrepresented in the tech industry. “Quarantine...

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Nick Dall

22 May 2020

Cape Town, South Africa

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From Cape Town to Nairobi, innovations in waste processing are gaining increasing attention and adoption. Fresh Life toilets turn waste into fertilizer, while Safi Sana turns waste into electricity, giving new life to...

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Emily Nonko

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20 May 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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The city of Detroit’s government spearheaded new partnerships at the start of the coronavirus pandemic to provide transit options for people living in city shelters and residents who don’t have cars to access COVID-19...

North Carolina Health News

Liora Engel-Smith

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14 May 2020

Ahoskie, North Carolina, United States

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To better address the necessary adaptions made to the health care system during the coronavirus pandemic, such as utilizing telemedince to abide by social distancing regulations, health insurance companies in North Ca...

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Cinnamon Janzer

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7 May 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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PNC Fairfax Connection is a community center run by PNC Bank but separate from its corporate services. The center is free and accessible to all, was built with community-focused design, and seeks to build strong comm...

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Nicole Bowen

20 April 2020

Gainesville, Florida, United States

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Altavian, a Gainesville, Florida based engineering company has figured out how to mass produce reusable N95 masks for healthcare workers using 3D printing technology. The mask – crucial in protecting healthcare worker...

Positive.News

Abby Young-Powell

17 April 2020

Berlin, Germany

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United We Stream (UWS) is a Berlin-based collaboration of nightlife businesses aiming to keep their businesses and club culture alive – and keep people entertained – during mandated closures because of COVID-19. With ...

WBUR

Tim Skoog

Stefano Kotsonis

12 April 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Local, New York City dive bar, Forgtmenot, had to pivot its business in the wake of COVID-19. Once a popular bar, now is a mini-mart, providing access to groceries for the community. With familial ties to a supermarke...

The New York Times

Tiffany Hsu

11 April 2020

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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Battelle labs in rural Ohio is decontaminating n95 masks for health care workers as personal protective equipment remains in short supply amidst COVID-19. Granted emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Adminis...

Route Fifty

Andrea Noble

10 April 2020

Delaware, United States

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A county in Delaware has built out drive-up WiFi hotspots outside of public buildings that allow students, workers, and other residents to access the internet while social distancing. “You have a situation where the i...

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Ellen Coulter

10 April 2020

Tasmania, Australia

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To replace lost business and keep their employees on staff, Tasmanian businesses quickly diversified into new product lines to meet COVID-19-related demand. A camera accessories firm that saw nearly all of its sales t...

Knox Pages

Cheryl Splain

8 April 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio, United States

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Early and rapid collaboration to create new supply chains improves emergency response times. In Knox County, Ohio, manufacturers began working with the Knox Community Hospital to mobilize 3-D printers and offer a shor...

Los Angeles Times

Deborah Vankin

7 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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By running a network of 3-D printers, universities like USC and UCLA Extension, as well as volunteer firms and nonprofits mobilize their resources to create backup masks. The masks are more effective than basic dispos...

NPR

Greg Rosalsky

7 April 2020

Berlin, Germany

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“Kurzarbeit” is a German governmental program that helps preserve jobs in an economic crisis. A company can reduce the hours of workers and the government will help pay them, which preserves the important specialized ...

Forbes

Tamara Thiessen

6 April 2020

United States

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After an initial shock to business-as-usual, some independent booksellers are trying new methods to get their products in the hands of readers. Home deliveries, online sales, and fundraising efforts are keeping some l...

The Financial Times

Sam Jones

6 April 2020

Switzerland

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The Swiss government's economic stimulus package for small business is being lauded around the world for its speed and efficiency. They have pledged $40 billion in emergency loans to support small businesses during th...

CityLab

Laura Bliss

3 April 2020

United States

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Some of the strategies urban sustainability proponents have promoted for years are now being used to manage traffic patterns during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure that essential workers can safely get to work. Co...

Manchester Ink Link

Meghan Pierce

1 April 2020

New Hampshire, United States

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Makerspaces, collaborative community-operated workspaces, across New Hampshire have started using 3D printers to make masks for healthcare workers. Using mostly donated supplies, members printed and assembled protecti...

NPR

Paige Pfleger

30 March 2020

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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As the fight against COVID-19 continues, Ohio-based Battelle labs has created the Critical Care Decontamination System that can clean as many as 80,000 of personal protective equipment at once. The system, which was f...

Crain's Detroit Business

Sherri Welch

28 March 2020

Michigan, United States

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Following other models across the U.S., in Michigan's Oakland County, homeless shelters and local restaurants are partnering to weather the coronavirus pandemic. The county is paying restaurants to cook meals for food...

FastCompany

Kristin Toussaint

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27 March 2020

United States

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Across the country, 3D manufacturers sprang into action in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic to create a medical supply chain to fill gaps in hospitals' access to needed products like face shields and nasal swab...

Metromode

Kate Roff

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26 March 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Mutual aid at the grassroots level is about helping a neighbor in need, and this strategy has been spurred into action across the country in response to COVID-19. In Detroit, people rally across social media and techn...

NPR

Colin Dwyer

26 March 2020

France

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France is transporting patients from areas with high concentrations of coronavirus victims to areas where hospitals have vacant beds and ventilators. This helps to relieve some pressure on some of the hardest-hit regi...

The Information

Kevin McLaughlin

25 March 2020

United States

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As companies look to stay economically viable and responsive to customers during the coronavirus pandemic, many are beginning to turn to automation as a way to fill jobs that would have humans working too closely toge...

The New York Times

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Penina Krieger

23 March 2020

United States

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Medical students have found creative ways to pitch in during the Coronavirus pandemic when they are not yet certified to work with patients. Students across the country are organizing to help out by doing things like ...

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