COVIDAction 19

Vetting process

We are seeking, vetting and supporting innovators. 

If you have an idea or technology that could support #COVIDaction we want to hear from you. These ideas will be assessed by a dedicated pool of experts from across academia and industry. The Innovation Action team will draw on these experts with flexibility, according to the relevant expertise needed for each idea. We aim to have a response back to innovators within 2 weeks.

To join #COVIDaction and submit your idea or technology please fill in this designer form.


We are keen for innovators to make themselves aware of the WHO’s Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) technical guidance material.  This is updated daily and acts as a central repository, where all key technical guides and specifications will be accessible.

Key pages are:

We will be updating and adding further resources as they become available.

Response Areas

In the coming weeks we will use this process to develop a pipeline of technology applications across a range of focus areas.  The five focus areas that we have received the most positive feedback on so far are:

  1. Local Solutions & Local production: crowdsourcing and mapping innovative responses to dealing with demand for unavailable goods. How have pivots in local production and novel approaches met local needs?
  2. Data: sources, collection tools, and analysis to inform the response. What are the best tools for using data to inform decision-making?
  3. Resilient health systems: Technologies that extend the reach, coordination and/or continuity of medical support between hospitals, clinics, communities and households. How might we reduce the burden on existing health staff and infrastructure and ensure non-COVID related services remain available?
  4. Technology-enabled distribution: novel technology approaches to maintaining the cold-chain, last mile distribution and food security and delivery. How might technology enable and support the delivery of crucial goods and supplies?
  5. Digital financial support: considering the role of technology in providing financial safety nets and innovative disbursements of funds. How might mobile money and other technologies support people through the pandemic?

You can read more about our approach to these focus areas in this blog post.


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