Boston Tech Comes Together to Help Conquer COVID-19 Virtual Summit #BNT113

It’s incredible to see so many companies and individuals making a difference by helping and supporting others during this health and economic crisis. Let’s gather virtually to celebrate and be inspired by the accomplishments of some of these local heroes!

Join members of BNT’s 50k network to see 13 short presentations on how the Boston tech community, startups and corporations have stepped up to support others affected by COVID-19.

Please register with a valid email address and you will immediately receive an email with the link you need to join this webcast and our online networking group on LinkedIn! Join us to:

  • See 13 educational and inspiring presentations and tech demonstrations, presented by startup founders and tech leaders

  • Network virtually with attendees from Boston, Austin and beyond

  • Ask the presenters your questions

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Products & Presenters:

1. “Improving Access to the Best Information and Resources for the Health and Economic Crisis” with Chris Requena, Founder/Developer of

There are thousands of free health, safety, education and business resources available to support COVID-19 victims, families, workers, owners and others affected by the Coronavirus. Our blog post with 130+ of the top resources, including access to thousands of free online courses, will be migrated to a new website shortly, featuring curated digital content, including news, events, webcasts, podcasts, blog posts, courses, eBooks, whitepapers and more. Users can browse, search, filter and sort, to quickly discover the most popular, newest, or most relevant content. Automation and crowdsourcing will automatically keep the website fresh with new, approved, trusted, content. Follow: @TopVirusInfo & @CERequena

2. “Covering Coronavirus News Through a Startup Lens” with Rowan Walrath, Associate Editor, BostInno & Rhode Island Inno

These days, one of BostInno’s main tasks is covering how coronavirus has impacted the Greater Boston startup community. Some of that news is grisly: At least 25 local startups and tech firms have collectively laid off or furloughed thousands of workers, and unemployment rates are skyrocketing in Massachusetts. Still, no one pivots quite like an entrepreneur. Rowan Walrath will cover some of the coronavirus-driven innovations by Boston startups. She’ll also talk about balancing the good news with the bad as a reporter to ensure her news outlet continues to drive value to the community. Follow @RowanWalrath @BostInno @Rhody_Inno

3. “Stanley Black & Decker COVID-19 Community Response” with Dr. Mark Maybury, Chief Technology Officer, Stanley Black & Decker

Stanley Black & Decker has announced a $10+ million comprehensive COVID-19 philanthropic outreach program to help its communities and employees around the world combat the effects of the pandemic. Stanley Black & Decker is also applying its global manufacturing and supply, where appropriate, supporting supply to respirator manufacturers, such as our efforts on a PAPR with Ford and 3M. Follow: @Mark_T_Maybury @StanleyBlkDeckr

4. “Launching and Managing 2 Global Rapid Ventilator Design Sprints” with Mike Grandinetti, Faculty Chair & Lead Professor of Innovation, Rutgers

Working with MD’s from Mass General, I’ve been recruited to an active Board role to launch and manage 2 global rapid design ventilator challenges. The CoVent Challenge targets FDA Emergency Use for deployment in US Hospitals. We have 150 teams across 25 countries and plan to select an optimal design that will begin production by June 1st. The Africa Oxygen Challenge will provide an affordable design to our partner the Africa Federation of Emergency Medicine, to support 26 countries across the continent. Follow: @mikegrand1 @CoVentChallenge @RutgersU

5. “Solving The Global Ventilator Shortage” with Tyler Mantel, Co-founder & CEO, The Ventilator Project & WatchTower Robotics

The spread of COVID-19 is increasing beyond our control and we are 13 million ventilators short. We’ll address what one Boston robotics startup is doing to address the problem by designing, manufacturing, and distributing a fully-functioned, affordable and scalable ventilator. Follow: @TweetandTel @VentilatorProj @WatchTowerRobot

6. “Navigate COVID-19 with Data-Storytelling” with Tiph Le Roux, Head of Sales, Toucan Toco

If you are confused with the current COVID-19 crisis and overwhelmed with different sources of information, engage with our data Storytelling and navigate into clear data to understand the World’s Situation. We offer daily updates on the spread of the virus, responses from the international organizations and national governments, and market information. We seek feedback from visitors, to help us improve, and donations, to support the maintenance of the website, which will be partly redistributed to associations. Follow: @Tiphaine_LeR @Toucan_Toco

7. “Transforming Health with Open Source Software in a Crisis” with Brian H. Hough, UI/UX Lead, CoronaTracker

As the news grew more severe about an unknown virus, a single LinkedIn post with a call to action soon led to a global community of 280+, a progressive web app, and a hope to make a difference in a world plagued by a pandemic. While in public beta, our community-built progressive web app lets users track and monitor health symptoms, learn about COVID-19, and get ready if/when they need to speak with a doctor. With the power of open-source, full-stack development and blockchain, we hope to help people during this difficult time. Follow: @BrianHHough @CoronaTrackApp

8. “COVID-19 & Diverse Continuum of Care for Everyone Through Tech” with Reginald Swift, Founder & CEO, Rubix LS

Using technology to ensure that all types of patients can access critical health needs during any pandemic crisis. Rubix LS is your infectious disease intelligence partner. We’ve conducted projects in hot-zones from West Africa to India on various infectious disease priorities. Real-time data and predictive modeling to make better medical countermeasure plans are what we strive for at every single second. Follow: @RSwif001 @RubixLS

9. “An Intro To CoCo: Best Practices To Gain Victory Against The Infodemic” with Steve Vilkas, Communications Specialist, Project CoCo

During the Coronacrisis, one thing we can all do is communicate well about Coronavirus. When we share helpful, truthful information, we literally save lives. That’s why we created CoCo! CoCo is a messaging toolkit with ready-made tweets, images, and even memes that you’re free to use, remix, and share. They’re cute and funny, but the mission is serious: you’re saving human lives. We’ve created CoCo to empower anyone with an audience to spread helpful, truthful information. Follow: @ADotConnector @TheMediaShower

10. “Leveraging Technology to Enhance Charitable Fundraising” with Silvia Tower, Founder, NomaYoga

NomaYoga is a virtual community that brings people together to practice Yoga during the COVID-19 pandemic, while supporting a small business or non-profit, through donations. Many people right now are in distress and need a safe space to both relax, and practice physical activity, in a motivating way. At the same time, many who are in a position to give are looking for ways to donate and support others in need. So, we made it our mission to help them donate in the most effective way. Nowadays with technologies such as Zoom, G-Suite, Facebook Fundraising, and Weebly, setting up an informal non-profit organization is as easy as it’s ever been.

11. “Commun-A-Tee Fundraiser for Small Businesses” with Jay Sapovits, President, Ink’d Stores

Commun-A-Tee is a Local Support Campaign designed to help small businesses, organizations and artists. The Commune-A-Tee project is simple: Produce a basic, but unique, tee shirt from the local businesses around us. Each shirt is labeled with a custom logo commemorating this one time event on the sleeve. Many of the brands featured may never have a tee shirt – so this is a chance to show the support. The economics are easy: $19 per shirt. $10 dollars goes to the business whose brand is on the shirt. Follow: @JaySapovits @InkdStores

12. “Making Online Teams Smarter” with Beth Porter, CEO, Riff Analytics

With everyone in the information economy now working from home and everyone socially distant, we are on video calls all day long. Research has shown that video meetings are tiring and stressful, and often have many of the problems of in-person meetings — too long, not purposeful, dominated by one person going on and on. Beth will talk about how machine learning is being used to help groups learn how to work effectively together online, by giving real-time feedback about their conversations. Follow: @EbPort @RiffAnalytics

13. “Robotics to Combat Senior Isolation During COVID-19” with Richard Marshall, VP Business Development, CareClever / Cutii

While the residents of senior homes are confined to their rooms, robotics are being made available to retirement homes. They allow the isolated seniors to ‘virtually visit’ their concerned families and loved ones, and enjoy daily ‘virtual community’ events (yoga, etc). As we broaden access to tele-health, these robotic devices are fast becoming a vital option to deliver much needed healthcare remotely, from social work to cardiac consultants. Follow: @Cutii_io

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Agenda (EDT):

4:00 – Welcome & BNT Introductions

4:05 – 12 Presentations (5 minutes each), Q&A (5 minutes each)

6:05 – Wrap Up

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