Combating COVID-19 Conference: A Collaborative Arduino Community Initiative to take place on April 2nd at 5pm CET
To the Arduino community:
Humanity is facing one of the most trying events in its history and as technologists, makers and designers we are asking ourselves how can we help.
How can we contribute to the efforts to save lives, to help our fellow human beings?
All of us have been thinking about this and observing what is going on in the world.
We have seen communities, including all of you, trying to design devices that would help hospitals cope with the lack of equipment; we’ve seen people firing up their imagination and their 3D printers in an effort to build something that could save even a single human life.
Having noticed that a large number of these efforts are using Arduino technology we reached out to a number of these communities to offer our help, donate some hardware, provide engineering support, and do whatever we can considering that we are a small company.
One thing that was striking to us is the large amount of duplication in the work people are doing. Many people are spending valuable time trying to overcome similar challenges in their design, rather than sharing their solution to the benefit of all and moving on to the next hurdle. Also, there are different teams with different strengths and skill sets that would be better working together than apart.
We must do better, be more effective, work together, and merge efforts to solve these problems and reach our common goal quicker and more efficiently.
Because of all of this, we want to invite as many of these projects as possible to an online gathering, to get people talking, to offer help on how to design and make hardware, how to think about the software, and how to scale manufacturing (we would like to share our knowledge in making tens of thousands of open source boards per week). Finally and most importantly, we must take guidance from medical professionals so that they can steer requirements and validate the designs so our efforts have the most positive impact.
Join us online on April 2nd to understand how we can work together to do better together, and together — let’s make COVID-19 history.
— David Cuartielles and Massimo Banzi, Arduino co-founders (on behalf of Arduino)