Entrepreneurs are experts at mobilizing quickly and turning challenges into opportunities. In the context of the pandemic, the IDB Lab carried out a regional mapping exercise to visualize the solutions that are emerging from this network. This open data, presented with an intuitive interface, serves to facilitate collaborations, scale robust concepts, … [Read more...] about The visible ally: open data about the network of entrepreneurs responding to COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean
This tag brings together all the articles that have been written in solidarity and in response to events or happenings that impacted negatively the wellbeing of Latin America and the Caribbean. Open knowledge and solidarity are close concepts, and here we share a compilation of articles that we wrote hoping to collaborate and provide support in urgent situations through open knowledge.
The response to the coronavirus crisis has revealed the shortage of personal protective equipment and critical medical devices. According to the WHO, the worldwide capacity to supply needed items through traditional suppliers is under stress. To produce and provide supplies directly in the service of local first responders, maker communities across Latin America, the Caribbean, … [Read more...] about Responses in 3D: Opening up the production of critical medical supplies
The emergence of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and its subsequent spread across the globe illustrates the truly interconnected nature of our current society. And such, where there is a systemic challenge, the response must also derive from collective efforts. In the context of responding to this pandemic, it is key to build responses based on open and shared knowledge, enabling … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: resources and open knowledge to collaborate in response to the pandemic
Leer blogpost en español A lack of information sharing has posed major challenges to the international medical and emergency response community in the recent past. The criticisms raised during the Ebola crisis serve to illustrate this point. To address these “deficiencies with existing data-sharing mechanisms,” the World Health Organization (WHO) published a call to … [Read more...] about Powering the Zika Response with Open Collaboration
In less than a year, the Zika virus has become an international public health emergency, spreading across Latin America and the Caribbean and into the US. In order to combat the spread of Zika and its effects (particularly its effect on pregnant women and related birth defects), the global health community is seeking innovative technologies and new approaches to address this … [Read more...] about Hackathon yields new solutions to combat Zika