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Comprehensive and inclusive map for virus and antibody testing

A searchable map to help people quickly find nearby sites for COVID-19 virus or antibody tests, that follows web accessibility guidelines.

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The Project

The Mightybytes team has been working on a COVID-19 test site locator to help people quickly find nearby locations for a coronavirus or antibody test. This will be a free tool released as a public good.

Other test site finders exist, but to our knowledge there is no comprehensive, mobile-responsive location-based search tool that follows web accessibility guidelines. Most are just long lists of test sites that users must scroll through to find what they are looking for. Not optimal. Some maps aren't available to all users because of the OS (i.e., Apple only).

Target Users

This product is targeted to people interested in learning more about COVID-19 test availability near them. Understanding that healthcare facilities are overwhelmed during this crisis, we will provide clear test requirements for every location listed so users better understand what will be required of them before pursuing a test. 

The Prototype

A working prototype currently pulls information from publicly available, community-sourced data for coronavirus test sites based in the United States. We have altered the data source to fit the product’s needs. Currently, there are about 100 locations listed.

The front-end interface is not styled, but it is accessible and responsive and will work across devices. Branding can be added once we locate and identify appropriate partners.

The Ask

We view this project as a public benefit without commercial interests (i.e. it will be free of costs, advertising, etc.). Next steps involve completing the search tool for COVID-19 test locations and to add antibody testing locations. Mightybytes is looking for partners to help us:

  • Find better data sources for (preferably global) test locations
  • Ongoing qualification of data and long-term data management
  • Fund ongoing product maintenance (hosting, updates, etc.)
  • Co-promote the product’s availability to other potential partners, the media, etc.

Understanding that one organization may not possess the resources or expertise necessary to meet all the requirements above, we are open to partnering with multiple organizations. 

Costs are dependent on numerous factors, from volume-based search and hosting costs to managing data long-term and keeping search results relevant and up-to-date. 

The Ideal Partner

The ideal partner for this project would have the following characteristics:

  • Focus on healthcare or related field
  • Mission-driven and aligned with B Corp values (open to all sectors)
  • Also sees this as a public benefit without commercial interests
  • Can devote long-term resources to this project
  • Has a network of nonprofit, corporate, and government connections who can provide added value and help promote the tool’s availability

We are looking to move quickly, as this global pandemic requires urgency. 

What is the need are you focusing on?

Americans need one place to go to find where to get tested for the virus or antibodies. Surprisingly, by late-April, no definitive map-based search tool has been deployed that everyone with an internet connection can easily find, access, and use. Apple has a function in Apple Maps but that doesn't help people with Android. A group of programmers developed a map but it doesn't follow accessibility guidelines for people with disabilities, doesn't work well on mobile, and is buried in search results. Some states are adding maps but in ad-hoc fashion that aren't mobile responsive. 

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Identifying a gap that needs to be addressed
  • Sharing an actual pivot your organization has already made

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

We would like to complete our working prototype of a map-based search tool for COVID-19 virus and antibody test locations that either covers all test sites in the US or starts with one state and adds others. The tool will be mobile-responsive, accessible to people with disabilities, and easily findable.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Maybe-with additional support

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

Any American that's having a difficult time finding a COVID-19 virus or antibody testing site could benefit from this tool.

What is the name of your business or organization?

Mightybytes, Inc.

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

We help great organizations create greater impact. Mightybytes is an award-winning firm with 20+ years in business and a proven track record of guiding clients in two areas: enhancing digital presence and improving societal impact. Storytelling is the common thread that connects our work. From rethinking digital strategy, to website redesigns, to making greater social and environmental impact, we focus on the outcomes that matter to your organization and its stakeholders to tell your story authentically. As an Illinois B Corporation, we are committed to making a social impact with our work and are equally passionate about environmental stewardship. We partner with our clients to build mutual success with measurable results.

What is your profession?

Mightybytes' work intersects digital products, digital marketing, effective storytelling, technology, business strategy, and sustainability.

Where are you located (country)?

United States of America

Where are you located (region)?

  • North America

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Business/Consulting
  • Designer(UX/CX/Design Research)
  • Social and environmental sustainability

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 0-10

How old is your business/company?

  • 10 or more years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Business

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Civil Society Groups

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

THE IDEAL PARTNER The ideal partner for this project would have the following characteristics: 1) Focus on healthcare or related field. 2) Mission-driven and aligned with B Corp values (open to all sectors). 3) Also sees this as a public benefit without commercial interests. 4) Can devote long-term resources to this project. 5) Has a network of nonprofit, corporate, and government connections who can provide added value and help promote the tool’s availability.

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

Funding or resources for hosting, the Google Maps API, and pulling in and maintaining accurate test site data.

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

As simple of an idea this sounds, no one has developed a comprehensive solution that's mobile-responsive and accessible to ever. Finding and maintaining accurate data on test locations and their requirements is time-intensive and requires more resources than our small agency can handle to get this free tool in the hands of the public.

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?

As noted above, there is a group of developers that released a map that doesn't follow web accessibility guidelines and has no SEO behind it, so isn't discoverable when searching.

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I notice you mentioned the issue with hosting - maybe look and see if you can apply for and get free credits through Azure or AWS to put your API on?

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Thanks Katherine Clayton  
We host a number of websites but don't host via Amazon due to their grid mix being dirty compared to others. The real cost is in the maps API. We've consulted with a firm here in Chicago that builds civic tech, many with free maps like OpenStreetMap, and they recommended Google Maps since its the most comprehensive and reliable but the most expensive. If we find a partner to help with (or fund) the data side, then we could approach Google.

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Awesome :) thanks for sharing!

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