The COVID-19 pandemic has catalyzed the Maker Movement into embracing their role in emergency response. Like ham radio operators before, Makers are helping governments, NGOs and non-profits fill critical skill and manufacturing gaps that are exacerbated when disaster strikes.

From 3D-printing face shields and sewing face masks; to MacGyver’ing a massive number of ventilators, makers are doing their part as global citizens in ways that would have been unfathomable just a decade ago.

If you have skills and would like to get involved here are some resources to consider:

  1. covidaccelerator.com
  2. covidbase.com
  3. helpfulengineering.org
  4. #millionmaskchallenge
  5. prusa3d.com/covid19 (download the STL files needed to print face masks on your 3D printer)

And some organizations that do this work all year-round and not tied specifically to COVID-19 response:

  1. Engineers Without Borders
  2. Geeks Without Frontiers
  3. Just One Giant Lab

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