Software Developers Help Combat the Coronavirus by Building Solutions to Common COVID-19 Challenges

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Yeti LLC teams up with software developers to help launch ReachCare, Co-Care and ‘Stay, Play, Grow,’ three platforms dedicated to helping with the coronavirus.

Three software platforms have been built in less than a month as a part of a mobilization of developers and designers to address some of the many problems stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

Yeti, a design and development agency in San Francisco, has organized software developers nationwide to help create solutions for those in need during the coronavirus crisis. Three products have been released in response.

In late April, Yeti held a virtual hackathon (https://hackthevirus.splashthat.com/) that paired over 100 developers with a group of expert panelists in the medical, education and health and wellness fields to discuss potential software solutions to widespread challenges the public is currently facing amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

“A lot of talented designers and developers I know were sitting at home and feeling a bit powerless, when we realized there was something we could do to help out,” said Yeti CEO, Tony Scherba who decided to utilize Yeti’s resources to organize the hackathon. “The more and more we talked to experts in various fields, the more we realized that there were so many potential software solutions that could solve the collective problems we are all facing.”

Starting with direct input, hackathon teams leveraged a series of interviews with industry leaders dealing with issues arising from this pandemic: doctors, restaurant owners, mental health experts and teachers. The software solutions that were developed during the weekend long hackathon in April ranged from community volunteering tools to medical response assistance.

Two of the hackathon projects are now being deployed to the public: the winning idea, “Reach Care," (textreachcare.com) a texting platform that allows uninsured individuals that lack internet or smart phone access to find COVID-19 testing sites close to their zip code, and "Co-Care,” (http://www.cocarecommunity.com/) a platform dedicated to getting closer to your neighbors by providing a helping hand to those in need.

Additionally, Yeti has partnered with the Early Learning Lab (https://earlylearninglab.org/) to launch “Stay Play Grow”, an application that gives parents resources to help their children ages 0-5 learn at home while sheltered in place. This is available in both the Apple App and Google Play stores with options to use it in both English and Spanish.

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Melissa Letier
melissa@yeti.co
207-701-1133

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