The fight against COVID-19: Bringing your skills to the table

Asta Diabaté
4 min readApr 8, 2020
Photo by Neil Thomas on Unsplash

It is easy to feel dejected and helpless when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. The news tells us mostly negative stories: the economy is tanking, x number of people have died today, hospitals are overwhelmed and so on.

I’m trying to stay positive and instead of spending all my time feeling useless, I’ve been thinking about what could we do to make it easier? How can we support small businesses? How could I put my skills to good use?

If you’ve been thinking the same, here are a couple of things you can do.

1. Have mad skills but don’t know where to start? Join a hackathon or an existing project

Photo by Kat Yukawa on Unsplash

Techstars is hosting a Global Startup Weekend to fight COVID-19 in partnership with Google for Startups. The hackathon is run at country level so pick the country you are from/ reside in and take part. Dates vary.

Norrsken VC has put together the initiative Action Against Corona. You’ll have the chance to fund, get funded or volunteer your help. Plenty of initiatives are listed on their website so simply join one that tickles your fancy, roll up your sleeves and get to work.

MIT has published a list of COVID-19 related projects they are working on. The projects are global so you don’t have to worry about being in the US to join.

Asta Diabaté

Sharing my two cents about tech, biz & sometimes policy. Oxford & Sciences Po Paris Alumna