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Volunteer Software Engineers and Product Developers for CovidActNow.org

COVID ACT NOW (CovidActNow.org)

March 23, 2020, 11 p.m. - April 30, 2020, 1 a.m. EDT

A team of data scientists, engineers, and designers in partnership with epidemiologists, and public health officials built a tool [https://covidactnow.org/] designed to spur state and local governments into action to slow the spread of CoVid-19. This tool aims to enable political leaders to quickly make decisions in their Coronavirus response informed by best available data and modeling. It is now being used by government and covid response leaders to answer critically important questions such as: What will the impact be in my region be and when can I expect it? How long until my hospital system is under severe pressure? What is my menu of interventions, and how will they address the spread of Coronavirus? The site launched on Friday March 19th, since then it has had 3.2 million visitors and was used as input in the decisions of Anchorage and Dallas to institute ‘sheltering-in-place’. One critical request is from a federal government agency hoping to use this model and some of the presentation elements to help coordinate crisis response efforts (i.e. where to send masks). The platform is also being extended to support government agencies, medical device manufacturers, and front-line health providers plan for and respond to covid. The Request CovidActNow.org is requesting full-time+ help from experienced leaders in software engineering, UX, data science, and scalable support system design Start date: week of Monday 3/23/20 Availability: between the hours of 8pm - 10pm Specific Needs Product or Program Management: Currently there is a group of about 10 volunteers providing help sporadically, as well as a very rapidly changing set of needs and requests of the tool. CovidActNow.org's biggest area of need is someone able and willing to keep the effort organized & help plan the short/medium term roadmap. Full Stack SWE: There is a website (built with react.js), data pipelines, data visualization and other misc development work that needs to be done. [Data] Science: CovidActNow.org model outputs will be used by government officials and the public to inform crisis response. Ensuring they are accurate, up-to-date, and trustworthy is a key priority. Any scientists who are willing to lend their critical eye and expertise to the modeling effort (keeping in mind that this is a specialist field and CovidActNow.org need to maintain some humility and avoid the Dunning-Kruger effect) would be a huge help. UX Design: The product development team is currently blocked on UX design; CovidActNow.org could really use a strong UX design resource who can work with engineers to design & iterate features fast] Support Systems: CovidActNow.org is getting about 50 inbound emails an hour currently. CovidActNow.org would love someone to set up a basic / pragmatic system to support this flow and route to the appropriate person or team who can help. CovidActNow.org needs to triage for the most important requests first: hospitals, US Gov, and medical device manufacturers. (If this keeps up CovidActNow.org will need a support function)

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Graphic Designer

Veterans Moving Forward, Inc.

Flexible times

Veterans Moving Forward is a nonprofit organization based in Sterling, Virginia, dedicated to the raising, training, and placement of service dogs with eligible disabled veterans. We are looking for a Graphic Design Volunteer to conceptualize ideas and create clever, on-brand, visually captivating content in support of marketing campaigns. Competencies: -Team player who is able to work cross-functionally and remotely in an environment that can be fast-paced -Interest in telling compelling stories through design, expertise with digital platforms and web-based content -Excellent aesthetic sensibility for color, typography, and other design components -Highly proficient with graphic design programs including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Acrobat -Able to take direction from Marketing & Communications Director and collaborate to design an email or social media campaign flyer from concept to launch -Make intelligent recommendations for design in planning discussions -Develop graphics independently to support external marketing initiatives, including cross-promotions, experience working with multimedia a plus -Budget time to meet established deadlines for all deliverables -Provide updates at every stage of the process -Ensure brand consistency across products -Resize assets as needed to suit the specific platform, experience with designing content for various mobile platforms would be helpful -Consult with Marketing Director on design layouts, implement any changes, finalize products for hand-off and launch -Create design templates and manage/organize graphic design assets in an inventory on SharePoint -Prior experience with SharePoint and email campaign platforms a plus -Strong following across personal social media platforms a plus Preferred: -2+ years agency experience or can provide a link to an online portfolio of work -Connected to the mission and vision of Veterans Moving Forward

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sterling, Virginia 20166

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