Lots of news today!
Mozilla is announcing today the creation of a COVID-19 Solutions Fund as part of the Mozilla Open Source Support Program (MOSS). Through this fund, we will provide awards of up to $50,000 each to open source technology projects which are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in some way.
The MOSS Program was created in 2015 as a way for us to recognize, celebrate, and support open source projects that contribute to Mozilla’s work and to the health of the internet. Given the current global health crisis, we decided that one of the ways we could help was by leveraging the resources and expertise of MOSS. We have already seen inspiring examples of open source technology being used to increase the capacity of the world’s healthcare systems to cope with this crisis. For example, just a few days ago, the University of Florida Center for Safety, Simulation, and Advanced Learning Technologies released an open source ventilator. We believe there are many more life-saving open source technologies in the world.
While it’s important that we continue to move Mozilla’s work forward, we cannot act as if the virus isn’t here or that we can’t contribute in some way. But it’s important we contribute in ways that make the best use of who we are and of our resources. We believe this is one of those.
As part of the COVID-19 Solutions Fund, we will accept applications that are hardware (e.g., an open source ventilator), software (e.g., a platform that connects hospitals with people who have 3D printers who can print parts for that open source ventilator), as well as software that solves for secondary effects of COVID-19 (e.g., a browser plugin that combats COVID related misinformation).