NEW YORKYouPorn has donated $50,000 to support three international COVID-19 relief projects as part of its $100,000 campaign to fund efforts to fight the pandemic. Our intention is to continue supporting and encouraging growth and progression in the technology space, and believe it will play a vital role in the creative and collaborative solutions to reducing worldwide impact of COVID-19, said Charlie Hughes, vice president of YouPorn. We are incredibly happy to be able to provide support to Senegal Health Alert, Magic & Melanin and the FeedBand Labs teams, who are working tirelessly and selflessly for a solution to COVID-19 in their communities. The action comes after the companys March announcement that it would allocate up to $100,000 to support COVID-19 relief projects created by technology, engineering and science organizations. Receiving $15,000 each are Senegal Health Alert, a mobile application providing direct access to real-time information about prevention methods and pre-diagnosis in Senegal; and Magic & Melanin, a non-profit bringing together tech developers for a six-week residency program that researches and develops much needed sources for West African communities. The funding will go directly toward supporting their efforts in communities that otherwise lack the resources needed. YouPorn will also contribute $20,000 to a new project from FeedBand Labs Inc., developers of an innovative non-toxic anti-pathogenic (antiviral and antibacterial) material for use in various medical and healthcare environments, showing particular promise in the creation of new PPE. Senegal Health Alert aims to inform and educate in a community that totally lacks a proper tool that provides citizens with information about the evolution of COVID-19, prevention measures and methods, and is a system that enables people to carry out their pre-diagnoses from their home. Its application is an innovation as it makes it possible to address all the points raised and reduces the risks of community transmission. “The absence of a system intended to disseminate health information, educate and pre-diagnose is greater felt now, and our application is just the beginning of what artificial intelligence can do, said Jesus Ekie, founder of Senegal Health Alert. Our information-education-test approach, coupled with the platform’s accessibility to millions of people free of charge, makes it possible to combat this disease while effectively reducing the workload of the health and administrative authorities. Magic & Melanin plans to launch its residency program, bringing much-needed medical resources to West African countries most at-risk of COVID-19. The program will host 10 web developers and scientists for six weeks in its residence this spring and provide funding for their research and required resources. By gathering the brightest minds in tech and activism in this residency program, Magic & Melanin hopes to accelerate the process of creating empowering, effective and revolutionary solutions for this global pandemic. We’re grateful for YouPorn’s generous funding which will help us launch the Magic & Melanin Residency, said Thomas Thompson, Manager of the Magic & Melanin Residency. This initiative will bring together tech developers via a multi-week residency to create solutions that bring much-needed medical resources and awareness to the West African countries of Togo, Ghana, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegalsome of the African countries with cases of COVID-19 that may be at risk if our local hospitals have insufficient infrastructure. FeedBand Labs aims to use technology as a force for high-impact good. Its team of dedicated engineers and scientists, led by Alia Rahman (Head of Innovation) and Tahbit Chowdhury (Head of Product), are prototyping a new generation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) products, and its first initiative has produced a technology that upgrades conventional mask designs into antipathogenic PPE. The A3-100 Centurion mask provides significant protection over existing medical masks commonly used by healthcare professionals, frontline workers and the general public. “We all know YouPorn as the innovation juggernaut that revolutionized the adult entertainment industry with UX and SEO, said Alia Rahman, Head of Innovation at FeedBand Labs. Small but meaningful modifications proved to be game-changers. What were doing at FeedBand Labs isnt all that different. Were taking something as ubiquitous and familiar as the standard medical mask and turning it into a powerful antiviral shield thanks to simple-yet-innovative materials engineering. Were raising the bar to set a new standard for PPE in healthcare. FeedBand Labs is excited to join forces with a company thats always been ahead of its time and look forward to creating a healthier, more connected future together.” Those interested in submitting their organizations relief project efforts for consideration may contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about YouPorns global fund to support COVID-19 relief projects, click here. For a demonstration of the Senegal Health Alert application, click here. For more information about Magic & Melanin and its work in West Africa, visit www.magicandmelanin.com. For more information about the FeedBand Labs Inc. project, visit www.feedband.net.
written by: Allen Smithberg