Meet the Irish firm behind Delaware’s COVID Alert app
NearForm, based in Dublin, uses the bluetooth-based Google and Apple system widely used in Europe.
Professionals from the tech and innovation industries are stepping up and supporting those in need while navigating the devastating blows to their own normal throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Below, find Technical.ly's articles reporting on COVID-19 — including how it's affecting startups, hiring, economic development, workplace culture and more — from each of our four markets.
Ireland-based software development firm NearForm also developed the COVID Alert DE app, released in Delaware last week.
NearForm, based in Dublin, uses the bluetooth-based Google and Apple system widely used in Europe.
While the tech brand is creating its own face mask in-house, Apple will also begin distributing masks from Baltimore-based ClearMask to its corporate and retail employees.
Recording studio owner Samori Coles and music producer and DJ Dan "Dilemma" Thomas have found creative ways to keep working as in-person studio sessions and events have changed.
Plus, more transparent face masks shipped to the UK.
For each of our six categories — Invention, Impact Leader, Technical Leader, Culture Builder, Startup and Growth Company of the Year — tell us who is making the biggest impact in your local tech and entrepreneurship community. Voting is open through Sept. 21.
While tech training organizations are shifting to meet students where they're at during the pandemic, questions remain as to what happens when underrepresented groups try to make progress in tech careers.
Julia Simon-Mishel of Philadelphia Legal Assistance's unemployment compensation division has more advice on how gig workers can apply for benefits during COVID-19.
Eight more CEOs from top biopharmaceutical companies around the world banded together and signed the safety pledge to ensure they aren't rushing the process of creating a coronavirus vaccine.
Working from home during a pandemic brought challenges that professionals of different backgrounds are still navigating months later. Gwendolyn Lewis and Haniyyah Sharpe-Brown share lessons learned along the way.
From pitch competitions to accelerators, these typically in-person entrepreneur experiences are adapting for a remote audience.
What will the Delaware economy look like post-COVID-19?
From 10 companies working inside 1100 Wicomico, efforts to make PPE and serve pandemic-related business needs make for a collective snapshot of a community during the pandemic.
There are virtual main stage, breakout and exhibition hall features included on the full-service creative agency's new platform.
"Our culture was never the building,” one chief people officer told us. “The culture is the team.”
Spark Therapeutics' Kristen Kahle on the city's growth in this burgeoning industry and why it's notable that local medtech companies are collaborating in the face of the pandemic.
Middle school science teacher Ami Patel Hopkins calls for empathy as she and other local educators navigate difficult back-to-school circumstances: "Now is not the time to divide, but come together."
Nominate impactful leaders, change-making companies or innovative products making their communities better for this year's reimagined Technical.ly Awards.
Catalent, which operates the facility, signed an agreement with AstraZeneca to make drug substance.
Local accelerators and partnerships formed over nearly three years helped lead the team of Johns Hopkins alums to FDA clearance, and "The Today Show."
Ken Brock, director of operational risk management at McLean, Virginia-based PenFed Credit Union, discusses its localized plan to return to the office safely via a hybrid model of remote and in-person work.
After months of quarantine, dogs, walks around the neighborhood and strict morning routines are some of the things helping these four pros stay balanced.
The startups of Technical.ly's top 10 "most promising" list from back in January have been growing and pivoting through the coronavirus pandemic.
The University City-based high school's interactive learning plans have been upended by the pandemic, rendering creativity and collaboration even more essential.
The four-year-old company received $1.8 million from the National Institutes of Health to continue its research into the "public health crisis" that's hitting older adults especially hard during the pandemic.
With Congress negotiating another federal relief bill, it’s worth taking a moment to look at where the first 4.9 million loans went.
Sixty-eight STEM students at the Dover school were surveyed. Here's what they said about their changing sense of community, career interests and more.
Sarah Abonyi, a manager on Dcode’s tech team, shares tips from the all-remote shift of her own program connecting private sector tech companies with federal opportunities.
Local startups that made this year's list of startups to watch tell us about their growth and responses to the pandemic and protests.
Laura Otten, a longtime La Salle University professor and and the director of a fully online master's program, argues for a shift in thinking about virtual education as we approach the start of a remote school year.
Founder and CEO Jonathan Propper said the sustainable cleaning product company saw a spike in detergent sales in March. It's since leveled off, "but dish soap keeps rising" — which makes sense, considering how much time we're spending at home.
Ahead of Super Meetup 2020, organizers from groups around the mid-Atlantic told us how they've kept the community fire alive these past few months.
For the fifth episode of Technical.ly's interview series taking you inside our journalists' virtual notebooks, D.C.'s Michelai Graham discusses the story of OurStreets, which just shuttered its business operations.
A little over a year and a half since its founding, the Wharf-based startup is ending its for-profit work on Aug. 15. Here's what happened and what's next for its driver safety crowdsourcing app.
Its new product, CurrentMD COVID, provides frontline workers with microlearning modules, spanning about five to 20 minutes each, and was designed to facilitate on-the-go learning about the coronavirus.
For the fourth episode of Technical.ly's interview series taking you inside our journalists' virtual notebooks, Philly's Paige Gross reports from the field on love in the time of COVID-19.
Baltimore's coworking spaces are reopening, but there's a lot that goes into keeping them safe so members feel comfortable. We talked to leaders of shared spaces to gather some early best practices.
With a unique social media strategy, @yafavtrashman has raised awareness — and donations — for sanitation workers' safety during the pandemic. Here's how he did it.
The county is partnering with Carvertise for a public health messaging project.
Plus, three reasons why cardiac arrest prediction will help hospitals through the coronavirus pandemic, per Transformative cofounder and CEO Dr. Josh Oppenheimer.
Gary Shiffman, founder and CEO of Arlington, Virginia-based Giant Oak, discusses coronavirus-related funding fraud and how it can be prevented with tech.
For the latest episode of Technical.ly's TWIJ Show, hear from SquareFoot founder and CEO Jonathan Wasserstrum and KSS Architects principal Mayva Donnon.
Outside the telecomms giant's Center City HQ, activists conveyed concerns about what virtual learning means to Philadelphians with limited or no internet access and questioned what side of the digital divide Comcast is on.
This month of our editorial calendar, Technical.ly will be asking: How will the pandemic, recession and racial equity movement affect team dynamics in the long term?
For the third episode of Technical.ly's new interview series taking you inside our journalists' virtual notebooks, Philly's Michael Butler shares lessons from his recent reporting on the local impact of federal relief funding.
For most local companies, returning means starting with just 25% capacity back in the office, with employees rotating between working in the office and at home.
Here's what unemployment benefits have meant for three people who lost work early in the pandemic, from paying for emergency dental bills to helping recipients better prepare for the future.
Because dating wasn't challenging enough before coronavirus!
Zoë McLaren, public policy professor at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, explains the challenges the country is facing, and the way forward.
It's a new campaign from the Virginia healthcare company to employ people who may have lost their jobs because of the coronavirus.
Mahesh Narayanan, CEO of Bethesda-based PepVax, considers how science should move forward and offers suggestions for where our focus should be when it comes to COVID-19 treatments.
You can check in, unlock your door and control the temperature from your phone.
The Black-owned startup that connects consumers with food trucks in the DMV region reached the financial milestone last month.
As the pandemic continues, the people behind the coworking and studio space have established a relief fund and extensive virtual programming.
Cofounder Rayan Rahman considers the future of his startup: "We had to go back to the drawing board and rethink our business model in the COVID era, as international travel came to a standstill."
The Trump administration ordered hospitals to send info on hospital beds and ICU capacity to a database run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Per the university, its much-visited global dashboard didn't count the CDC among its many data sources.
While children attend K-12 public schools for an average of 1,195 hours per year, a full-time working parent averages twice as much time working and commuting. It's an issue of access, writes this policy scholar.
Here's how threshhold.world founder and CEO Dan Lammot — whose previous venture, roundCorner, was acquired by Salesforce — thinks technology can contribute to greater societal change.
The funding will go toward further assisting tech and life science companies that are navigating the economic downturn caused by the pandemic.
Eighteen-year-old Scott Blender and about 20 other young adults launched this digital effort to visualize coronavirus data: "There is this large-scale infodemic."
And oh yeah — Mayor Kenny's right hand announced his resignation today.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, new restrictions from Immigration and Customs Enforcement would force international students to leave the U.S. if they are not taking in-person classes.
Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre Executive Director Neil McDevitt on apps, automatic captioning and ways hearing people can better work with Deaf colleagues.
Therapist Rich Lombino shares advice on staying mentally balanced while under WFH orders.
The apps developed by students and faculty are tackling temperature checks, health tracking and returning to campus. IBM and AWS provided resources and expertise.
From virtual experiences to more outdoor events, experts from Live Nation Urban, Warehouse on Watts and 6ix8ight weigh in on how differently events will look in response to the pandemic.
This month, the College Park, Maryland-based company is providing the free courses across topics like network security and cloud to support cyber professionals impacted by COVID-19.
While companies around the country canceled their 2020 programs amid the pandemic and recession, the D.C.-based mortgage lender figured out how to move its own online: “Our internship program is a pipeline for entry-level hires."
At least half of the funds will be targeted to "historically disadvantaged businesses" and businesses within high-poverty and/or low-moderate income communities.
The Gaithersburg-based company will use the federal funds to move its COVID-19 vaccine candidate into the third phase of clinical trials, establish large-scale manufacturing and produce 100 million vaccine doses.
Eight ventures have been invited to work with the Georgetown-based incubator over the next 18 months, which includes a rent-free residency stage, and six ventures have been selected for the Halcyon Arts Lab fellowship.
The company will use the federal funds to move its COVID-19 vaccine candidate into the third phase of clinical trials, establish large-scale manufacturing and produce 100 million vaccine doses as planned.
If you're not comfortable going back to an office, believe you're being asked to work in unsafe conditions or have kids at home and no childcare lined up, consider these legal options.
The Center for Hospitality Resilience and the Center for Digital Transformation will help businesses plan out social distancing efforts, ecommerce goals and new revenue streams.
With Congress once again poised to extend the U.S. Small Business Administration program, here's a look at how it played out locally.
The two-year-old public charter school serving minority middle schoolers has equipped each of its students with a Chromebook and internet access so they can learn at home.
With the refurbished snack vending machines, Ben Waxman and Nathaniel Parks have an inventive way of getting masks and other COVID-19-fighting items to Philadelphians.
The state is allocating federal funding to help more applicants get funding via a state small business program, and creating a new initiative focused on nonprofits.
"Starting next month, my cofounder and I will stop taking a salary, and we're moving all our employees to part-time in order to extend our cash on hand through the end of the year," said one D.C.-based startup CEO.
"Four months ago I couldn't get ESPN on the line, now they're calling us for pregame stuff," CEO John Fazio said.
The 10 concepts can help businesses as they expand onto streets and sidewalks during the pandemic. The city-backed resource is designed to help around the world.
Temperature Check was founded by events pro Bruce Pike in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The startup's products are designed for use in office buildings, restaurants and event venues.
The Pennovation-based company's bioprinting platform will create the models for scientists at the University City biomedical research center to study the virus behind COVID-19.
The company's platform helped doctors jumping in to help crowded ICUs get guidance from specialists in Maryland and North Carolina. It's a look at how telemedicine can increase access.
Up to 150 D.C. students can attend a weeklong virtual tech camp for free, thanks to a partnership between iD Tech and Salesforce that stemmed from a Howard University connection.
The owners of Duafe Holistic Hair Studio, Details Barber Studio and Spinning Chairs share how they've kept their small businesses afloat these past few months, and their plans for reopening —safely — as PA enters the green phase.
The Creative Spacers project commissions local artists to create social distancing markers to be placed outside public places in Wilmington.
The youth development organization has trained 51 students to make face shields to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
A collection of former and current Penn students created I Lost My Job To Coronavirus in the wake of rising unemployment.
Medical technology company BD Integrated Diagnostic Solutions will supply up to 2,000 test kits a week. The Sparks-based arm of Beckton, Dickinson and Company shows a pandemic-time contribution from a local biotech force.
Shield Pals is opening on June 26. Its founder pivoted to personal protective equipment production at the start of the pandemic.
Guru's Rick Nucci officiated.
New customers can now apply for two months of free internet at any point for the rest of 2020.
Here's a look at recent changes to the federal Paycheck Protection Program, and some updates on a couple other small business aid programs.
Creativity "loves constraints — on time, money, and other resources," writes Figure 8 Thinking's Natalie Nixon. Here's how to "embrace it as your most valuable asset to make the leaps that our world requires."
The first round of The Delaware Immigrant Fund will aid 40 families across the state.
On Thursday, June 18, leaders from the Maryland Technology Internship Program, HSR Health, Airgility, Index Analytics and AirPhoton will discuss how their organizations are adapting their internship programs.
How are local organizations faring as they've moved meetings and events to virtual — and how might COVID-19 change the way those gatherings are done in the future?
The Columbia-based company packed up boxes with wine glasses and zombie playing cards to encourage team members to "hang in there."
As the pandemic continues, healthcare workers can access content on their own time, attend virtual group sessions or find one-on-one care. The platform is also adding content addressing racism and social injustice.
"The more businesses we can support this way, the faster we can restore our local economies and communities," writes Michael H. Shuman of the D.C.-based Neighborhood Associates Corporation.
UA SPORTSMASK arose from the innovation team's work making PPE.
From screening for COVID-19 symptoms for health systems to contact tracing, here's how local tech companies are putting products to work for reopening.
The gene-editing technology can help make COVID-19 diagnostics more accessible, says ChristianaCare's Dr. Eric Kmiec.
The funding will be offered via three distinct programs, including grants for "main street" and "historically disadvantaged" businesses.
Stakeholder discussions to "create a self-sustaining, funded program" for Philly households that need help paying for internet connectivity are beginning now, said CIO Mark Wheeler.
Baltimore city wants to hire 300 unemployed residents as contact tracers, care coordinators and support staff with the new public-private initiative.
During the pandemic, Enoch Pratt Free Library and Baltimore County Public Libraries are boosting signals around buildings to continue providing internet access at multiple locations.
I needed the internet, a cell phone and a car to get it done — in other words, access to resources.
The Business Continuity Task Force is made up of executives who can help companies as they seek sustainability.
With restaurants and business districts reopening, Design for Distancing is calling on the city's creative community for new concepts that allow people to gather safely — tactical urbanism meets public health.
The risk to these workers remains the same, and the pandemic continues to rage. A University of Chicago law professor explains what's going on.
The EVP of Wilco Electronic Systems and a SmartCityPHL Appointed Advisory committee member offers a peek into her remote work setup and discusses the importance of internet access.
The team behind the Center City company’s knowledge-management platform shares the business decisions and values that have made a positive impact on its people.
The two-week training and mentorship program will take place this July, featuring sessions with business leaders and executives from local companies.
"Dispatches from a Pandemic" was compiled by Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild head Maribeth Fischer.
Billy Penn profiled Desarae Bradham, who runs the department's social media, in a roundup of 15 folks leading Philadelphia's coronavirus response.
Here's how cybersecurity threats, remote work, maker-prompted collaboration and the digital divide are playing out in Technical.ly's four mid-Atlantic markets.
A report from Further Insights talks to university leaders about how things changed at the end of the spring, and what the fall will look like.
Sharp, who is responsible for bringing the international energy tech company's products to North American markets, discusses tips and tricks for working from home with family.
The marketplace built by a Wharton grad connects patients and doctors in the area with transparent prices for healthcare services.
Since COVID-19 hit, D.C.’s professional Overwatch League esports team has been playing from a practice facility in Virginia and using social media for fan engagement.
One web developer told us there's heightened pressure to prove value right now, as the economic downturn may make clients nervous about keeping non-staff work on the books.
Ardmore-based software engineer and Is SEPTA Fucked? creator Doug Muth has been tracking trains throughout the health crisis.
Leaders at MakeOffices, Inclusive Innovation Incubator, WeWork, Alley powered by Verizon and 1776 shared how they're adjusting their community-building practices and physical spaces amid COVID-19.
One of Delaware's hardest-hit industry is starting to see a light at the end of a tunnel that has included a supply chain severely disrupted by illness, fear and closed restaurants.
Julia Simon-Mishel of Philadelphia Legal Assistance explains who's eligible for payments, how to enter employment history and more.
With mental health rising as a concern during the pandemic, the startup's web platform is powering the volunteer effort to ease the stress and loneliness that could come with isolation.
Pulling inspiration from Technical.ly's "Off the Sidelines" podcast, experts spoke on a panel during Introduced|Virtual about the state of startup funding now.
The team from Howard County's Hackground is looking to open source the delivery. It's one of several projects they're working on during the pandemic with easy-to-find materials.
What's important to keep the work moving forward? "Collaboration, collaboration, collaboration," said SmartCityPHL Director Emily Yates.
At Ashley Addiction Treatment, the shift to virtual meetings keeps a sense of normalcy in uncertain times and shows how new teleheath laws are opening up access to mental health.
PenFed Credit Union exec Brad Patterson shares six tips for financial institutions looking to making the most of their payment product offerings.
Growth is slowing for most businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. These successful founders and execs offer advice on getting through it — and putting people first.
At Technical.ly's Introduced|Virtual conference, leaders from LTSE, FiscalNote, Whitebox, Pie Insurance and Guru discuss how hiring processes are uniquely changing in this economic downturn.
Raoul Davis, founder of Newark's Ascendant Group, talks about leadership and branding as a long, ever-changing learning process.
In the 1950s, Jonas Salk made history by developing the polio vaccine at the University of Pittsburgh. Researchers are building on that work to treat COVID-19. "We’re standing on the shoulders of giants," said Dr. Louis Falo.
All you need to contribute to COVID Control is a smartphone, a thermometer and 10 seconds.
Those who complete the course, which runs for three hours a day for three weeks starting May 18, will have learned the skills to create a mobile responsive website.
The OnwardUS platform launched in D.C., Virginia and Maryland to help unemployed individuals connect with funding, essential services and jobs after being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Navin Kunde, head of open innovation at Clorox, and Danielle Cohn, VP of startup engagement and head of LIFT Labs, discussed virtual work and faster responses to consumer needs at Introduced|Virtual.
Local entrepreneurs offer some lessons for designing small business aid programs to include sole proprietors and others.
Voice Over Virus, developed by a team including public health student Maya Shenoy, aims to to connect people dealing with the realities of the novel coronavirus.
At Technical.ly's Introduced|Virtual conference, execs from five businesses in the region discussed what they want to be known for, and how they're keeping employees safe and engaged during the COVID-19 crisis.
With the largest-ever funding round from Oslo-based Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, the Gaithersburg-based company is moving toward clinical trials this month.
We checked in with Baltimore tech biz leaders to find out how the future of work is being shaped by the pandemic.
Are you creating a renewed sense of loyalty or pushing folks into new job opportunities? HR pro Talia Edmundson lays out a plan for getting back to work in a new reality.
Xometry CEO Randy Altschuler writes that he hopes this pandemic is "THE wake-up call that will force America to come to grips with our decades-long dismantling of our own domestic manufacturing capabilities."
Unemployment rose fast — the largest over-the-month increase in the history of the federal jobs data. But those jobs are unlikely to be regained as quickly, according to local economists.
"It's set up for basically an easy, no-strings-attached way for a small business or individual to get access to some money," O3 World CEO Keith Scandone said.
TwentyTables launched this new campaign to deliver free meals daily to hospital workers and first responders who are working through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The director of the career center at Brandeis University offers five tips for students who are searching for internships or haven’t yet started internships that they’ve secured.
Delaware's biggest coworking brand is making the most of its empty spaces, while preparing for the new office culture to come.
Like other cities, Baltimore is facing budget cuts that will affect people. In a downturn, the priorities that the administration is seeking to keep say a lot, too.
Spending by local governments is quite different than the federal government. How the City of Philadelphia could confront a $650 million coronavirus-blamed deficit has lessons for all municipalities.
Giving Tuesday's popup sister event encourages giving in the time of COVID-19.
The foundation will award grants of $250,000 to $500,000 to orgs building internet-based technical solutions responding to the pandemic.
With the pandemic making tech access more important, efforts are rising to expand access to devices, internet connectivity and support. The Baltimore Digital Equity Coalition formed to coordinate the response work, and create new long-term initiatives.
The Delaware-founded platform aims to introduce users to local businesses that may be otherwise overlooked.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit's founder, Diego Mariscal, has had to rethink how to run a program that relied so heavily on in-person interactions.
After seeing success in New York City, Perfect Strangers has expanded its platform and services to the District, Philadelphia, Boston and the San Francisco area.
The new 2020-2021 budget, which must still be reviewed by City Council, attempts to close the funding hole left by the City's coronavirus response. It's not clear yet which of the office's programs will remain.
Wearing them is weird, but we're seeing some pretty, funky, small-business supporting masks out there.
Longtime civic tech leader Adel Ebeid reflects on the decades-old demonization of the programming language on which many state systems run: "While COBOL is old, it’s stable."
Delaware-based workforce development consultant and motivator Darrell "Coach D" Andrews is the developer of the "Reinvention Process," designed to help displaced workers identify new career pathways.
The organization is providing grants to nonprofits, small businesses and individuals creating tech solutions that address the impacts of the pandemic.
This May, Technical.ly is launching the RealLIST Connectors, our roundup of folks working to build their local tech, entrepreneurship and innovation community — especially now, when we can't meet IRL.
The Baltimore health IT company has tools — including a new open source project — to galvanize data sharing across the agencies seeking to treat the disease and stop the spread.
Several schools are livestreaming their ceremonies and looking into hosting in-person commencements later in the year.
Spur Impact is not charging processing fees for $50,000 in donations on its nonprofit crowdfunding platform.
LAI International is one of 20 Maryland companies that received grants from the state's fund for PPE makers.
COVID-19 paused live pitches, but accelerator cohorts are still looking to close out strong. We checked in with entrepreneurship leaders at Johns Hopkins, MICA, Loyola UMB and University of Baltimore for lessons on the switch to virtual demo days.
Small business owners can apply for a second round of funding worth $310 billion starting today. At one regional bank, applicants who were next in line when the last round ran out will be considered first.
A $714,000 FCC grant will be used to increase access to devices and broadband data plans so patients can receive medical advice safely at home.
This free tool created by The Social App and Basil Labs teams is available to anyone in the United States looking for the nearest COVID-19 testing locations.
Residents of Northeast Wilmington's Riverside public housing are among the least resourced in the city. REACH Riverside aims to fill the resource gaps during the pandemic and beyond.
The night after Freddie Gray's funeral felt like it would change Baltimore. Now, during a pandemic, Assistant Editor Stephen Babcock reflects on a different kind of life-altering event.
While accessing a computer is essential, we need digital job training to be incorporated into any workforce plan, writes Howard Pinder, the assistant director of workforce and economic inclusion at Drexel University.
Businesses in the Virginia county impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000.
Here's a look at a 500-person company adapting its culture for remote work.
Companies that address problems in innovative ways will be the ones to ultimately find success, says Dreamit Ventures Managing Partner Darren Sandberg.
3Pillar Global's David DeWolf analyzes the latest biz and media trends that he says companies must consider if they want to survive this recession.
Each of Pennsylvania's four BFTP entities will match their $1 million in funding and redistribute to local tech-based companies.
DigiBmore members are distributing laptops and setting up neighborhood Wi-Fi. With the pandemic making Baltimore's digital divide more stark, it's among several orgs keeping connectivity at the base of their response efforts.
It could be one of the industries that comes out stronger after the pandemic, found the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia.
The new initiative also includes $3.5 million for small business grants, and a reopening task force.
Getting work done now looks drastically different than it did just two months ago. Here's how leaders from Seer Interactive, Oncora Medical, Jornaya and elsewhere are communicating with their teams now.
Mechanical Engineering Design Studio's co-directors led the design process of the reusable N95 alternative, now in a testing phase — and they're looking for makers to produce it.
Developed by Arlington's Consumer Technology Association and American Telemedicine Association, the site features more than 100 resources for to assist the healthcare industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anahi Santiago, ChristianaCare's chief information security officer, offers security info and advice during the COVID-19 pandemic.
And she's looking for users to demo it this week.
The network will help biz owners — especially women and minorities — navigate new aid programs. It's look at local-level support during a pandemic.
"Those of us with access to technology can be safe(r) and earn a livelihood. Those without access cannot." Here's how to support a more equal society, according to Byte Back CEO Elizabeth Lindsey.
On Technical.ly's new TWIJ Show, TEDCO investor McKeever Conwell said of the current economic shock: "We're going to see who is built to be an entrepreneur."
"By embracing technology’s role in chronic disease, we will not only overcome this COVID-19 pandemic, but also improve health outcomes over the long term," writes Caleb Freeman, a lifelong cystic fibrosis patient who works in healthcare marketing.
With $1.2 billion in loans from the federal small business program approved for companies based in D.C. proper alone, local biz leaders talk about receiving funding, getting rejected and waiting in limbo.
1440 Film Co. challenged itself to make a slick food commercial at home, without breaking lockdown rules.
We're introducing the Technical.ly Journalism Fund to help us expand our full-time and freelance newsroom focused on wealth and poverty in Philly. Here's a list of ways to get involved.
With $6.5 billion in loans from the federal small business program approved for Maryland companies, local business owners talk about receiving funding that's designed to keep employees getting paid.
Students from Temple University and elsewhere weigh in on the challenges of landing post-grad work, from virtual interviews to hiring freezes.
Baltimore paced the state's $227 million total, according to the latest PwC/CB Insights MoneyTree report. But a noted downturn to close the quarter suggests tech investment slowed down alongside the wider economy.
Consider these behavioral health resources during the coronavirus pandemic, including some made by NeuroFlow, writes the company's CEO, Chris Molaro.
At the forum organized by Fearless, Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen said they were collecting input as they looked to replenish funds for the Paycheck Protection Program, and look toward future legislation.
Looking to #ShopLocalDE while under lockdown? This Delaware Division of Small Business map can help.
The Melanin Collective cofounder Kaitlyn Borysiewicz share tips on how to keep your communities close in a time of social distancing.
The Clarksburg-based engineering firm is donating the reusable face shields to hospitals in the Montgomery County area where supplies are low.
Gov. Tom Wolf joined forces with the governors of New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts to plan a reopening of the economy. Here's where Philly fits.
Telemedicine is increasingly being used inside hospitals, Dr. Sajid Noor says.
Any of the NoLibs digital marketing agency's employees with a sibling, parent or significant other who's lost income can apply for a $1,500 payment.
Starting on April 28, eligible small businesses can apply for loans up to $20,000 at 0% interest.
Like every company, ours has been rocked by a pandemic and economic crisis. Here's one way our team is handling it.
64Robots cofounder Jon Robinson created FeedNurses.com to collect donations for local medical workers. Here's a quick look at how it came together, and the site's tech stack.
Dr. Steven Tropello is bringing experience and a network developed while building local startup CoapTech.
SAP and Freedom Mortgage are still hosting their internship and training programs this summer, but they'll look a little different. Plus, Campus Philly shares some tips on how to effectively host remote interns.
Over 1,000 viewers heard pitches from 11 impact-driven ventures who completed the org's eight-week Impact Accelerator program.
"The free market isn’t very good at dealing with positive externalities" that come when some workers enable the rest of us to stay at home, writes this law professor — "or compensating those who bear the cost."
Here's a look at local orgs making masks, face shields, hand sanitizer, gowns and more.
With theaters, clubs and concert halls closed due to COVID-19, local artists are going digital.
The Rosslyn, Virginia-based company pivoted its business and now delivers its chef-made meals directly to people's homes instead of offices.
The pivot involved speeding up the rollout of a suite of digital offerings that were meant to launch months down the line.
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Your at-home Wi-Fi probably doesn't have the same protections as office internet.
VitusVet's survey shows that pets are a source of comfort for their humans, and they're getting more activity. The Canton-based startup is hiring as it looks to continue serving essential veterinary practices and pet owners.
The Georgetown-based digital health startup reports an increased demand from new and existing customers to gain access to its platform and offerings.
Amid coronavirus, companies "have the responsibility to seek an understanding of the changing needs of consumers now, and meet them where they are," writes Brownstein Group's Anne Ryan.
Here's how entrepreneur Marcus Smith, who just moved to the Philly 'burbs from Austin, is thinking about launching his connective digital business locally.
Amid a shortage of ventilators, the team of engineers and clinicians came together to create an open-source ventilator splitter that hospitals and communities can produce.
The District led the nation in both total number of March IT job postings with 25,855 and in the month-over-month increase with 3,310 IT job postings.
Marvin Weinberger says the final design for his low-cost DIY invention that has the potential to disinfect dozens of masks at a time, developed with the support of volunteers in the maker community, should be completed this week.
Practice imagining how your message might be received by your staff, and more advice on internal messaging when the news is rotten on the first ever episode of The TWIJ Show by Technical.ly.
Ivy City-based Poppy launched this product to provide a fun distraction while we're all social distancing at home.
Surrender. Prepare. Get Creative. iEvolve Consulting CEO Annette Walter writes about approaching a time of change from a place of honesty.
Two bills expanding virtual visits that were passed by the Maryland General Assembly were enacted immediately to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Plus, Gov. Larry Hogan enacted an executive order.
The Route 9 Library's maker lab & software startup Flynn put local 3D printers to work to make face shields for communities with the most need.
Gov. Larry Hogan said the State of Maryland is investing $2.5 million in the partnership. Plus, here's a look at new state initiatives to sterilize PPE, and connect folks who have recovered from the virus.
A father-and-son team set out last weekend to capture Philly's empty streets during the stay-at-home order.
The new website, Balanced Wallet, shows small businesses which credit unions they are qualified to join and borrow from. Its launch follows the company's own challenges applying for federal aid.
Small businesses usually have about a month of cash on-hand, a recent Economy League report found. Here's what Philly can do with that info to get through the pandemic.
"We wanted to showcase the impact of what happens when you don’t exercise social distancing and essentially how small our community is," Josh Anton said.
The short for the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce features members of Delaware's small business community working at home.
After in-person classes were canceled for the semester amid the COVID-19 pandemic, students, staff and faculty at the Northeast Baltimore university offered their perspective on this new reality in higher education.
Arlington-based Advantia Health's telemedicine visits will cover non-urgent and urgent matters including discussing gynecological issues, contraception consultations, prescription refills and COVID-19 assessments.
As health care providers have moved en masse to virtual medicine, regulators and government officials are showing unheard of support for this tool that will almost certainly save lives.
With Collecting in Quarantine, the Mount Vernon-based institution is gathering personal experiences, with an eye toward sharing for future generations.
The college preparatory program for underrepresented students wants to make sure its teens stay sharp.
The Tysons-based tech company is connecting food trucks to multi-family properties to offer more dining options to residents practicing social distancing.
Leaders from Amino, RevZilla, ForMotiv and Evolve IP are spearheading efforts to support two of the industries hit hardest by the pandemic.
The Maryland Business Relief Wizard offers a quick questionnaire that points toward government aid programs where businesses qualify. Here's a look at the collaboration that brought it together.
Zoombombing. Cryptomining. Malvertising. Baltimore cybersecurity pros talk about WFH vulnerabilities, and how businesses can protect against them. Plus: Meet the Cyber SWAT Team.
The driver safety crowdsourcing company has temporarily pivoted its focus to launch OurStreets Supplies, a crowdsourcing platform for grocery and convenience stores.
"If we couldn’t work on delivering our product immediately, maybe the work we did to create our product could help someone else," writes Brian James Kirk, cofounder of adventure company Bikeout.
Biotech startups working on coronavirus solutions are positioned to potentially receive more federal aid in the coming months.
The region's collective activity has already identified a name: the BioHealth Capital Region. Here's a look at how the mix of research centers, government institutions and companies form a foundation that's been bringing economic growth — and maybe a vaccine.
Kari Clark's Uplift Remote is a tool designed for managers who are making the switch to remote work for their employees.
Meanwhile, Campus Philly is offering resources to companies still looking to hire students.
Adonne Washington shares the difficulties of the fast transition to Zoom classes during her last semester because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
People across the country are downloading 50% more video games, for one.
3D printing technology is being used to aid in the public health crisis, from simple household designs to complex medical devices.
Partnering with Quake Scientific, the firm moved quickly to make and ship the boxes, which can protect doctors during intubation of COVID-19 patients. Here's a look at how they created new production and tech processes behind the effort.
Where can the Paycheck Protection Program fit into COVID-19 plans for Baltimore tech companies? The experts have some ideas.
The Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program launched Friday, and local companies and orgs are submitting applications amid much confusion about the process.
The company has launched a no-contact delivery system as it seeks "thousands" of new driver partners and field employees.
Engineers and designers at the Callowhill-based GIS company are contributing to the volunteer project that shows existing gaps in medical supplies and hospital beds at state and county levels.
The $349 billion federal program is designed to get aid to small businesses. A look at the local level shows a system that's still getting up and running even as it's launched.
The wait to apply for PPP is over — for some small business owners. For others, the wait is just beginning.
The SBA's Paycheck Protection Program launched Friday, and has many area business leaders and organizations scrambling to figure it out.
Who is eligible? What are the terms? What can it be used for? Will any portion of the loan be forgiven? And how do you apply? Two lawyers from Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP explain.
In defiance of an economic downturn, the maker of a privacy-minded data marketplace for the pharma and insurance industries has moved hiring plans up in the year.
It arrives as the city's makers and manufacturers are banding together and spinning up new operations to make face shields, hand sanitizer and more safety supplies for front-line workers in the pandemic.
The alternative lodging company's cofounder and CEO Jason Fudin shared the news publicly Wednesday on LinkedIn, following the United States' worst-ever month for unemployment claims.
The Columbia company looked at price spikes for essential items over the last month.
With COVID-19 canceling large gatherings, livestreaming can step in to provide connective experiences to mass audiences.
One said government money, while another needs a babysitter.
In the Johns Hopkins and LifeBridge Health systems, the Mount Vernon-based company's video technology is being used to protect the people giving life-saving care during the pandemic.
The pathogen-testing company says its Xplore-COVID-19 test will now be covered by Medicare and private insurance providers, with direct billing available soon.
With new programs implemented by the federal CARES Act and state government, here's a look at what's available to small businesses seeking working capital.
Dreamit Ventures' Steve Barsh interviews Bullpen Capital's Duncan Davidson about the nitty-gritty details of the relief bill passed Friday.
Coronavirus scams are escalating. This Newark cybersecurity startup is offering free at-home training to help spot them.
"We are working to reduce the worst case. By having alternatives for professionals who run out of off-the-shelf equipment, we can enable them to stretch the supply they have."
The Towson University Incubator-based company's tools will be used by OSF Healthcare, which operates 14 healthcare facilities in Illinois.
At its Port Covington innovation hub, the apparel brand is designing and manufacturing personal protective equipment like face shields and fanny packs for the University of Maryland Medical System.
Unlike traditional dating shows, LoveCast will be an interactive experience with audience participation to help match 20 singles.
Camp Corona was conceived as a pivot from in-person events at the coworking space.
The pair developed this new customizable virtual environment coined The Echo for online event experiences as an alternative to in-person events during the COVID-19 pandemic.
April is now Healthcare Technologies Month, which means we'll be focusing on how the healthcare system is coping with COVID-19 from a local tech and innovation perspective.
In the last week and a half, Collingswood-based Ben Garvey has been able to donate more than $500 to the Food Bank of South Jersey.
Hatch Exhibits went from tradeshow booths to face shields and gowns. DiPole Materials is now spinning N95 filters. In a crisis, tools take on new uses for the greater good.
The business school's new remote course, "Epidemics, Natural Disasters, and Geopolitics: Managing Global Business and Financial Uncertainty," details the disease's potential long-term impact on the economy.
Here's what companies like Hungry Harvest, Whitebox and Imperfect Foods are seeing as more people stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19.
"We know our platform is helping families who are now separated from their elder loved ones because of social distancing," said founder Jay Newton-Small.
We put out the call to see how Baltimoreans are working from home, and here's how they responded. Some keys to living your best remote work life: Monitors, plans and friends.
The shift to working from home is a challenge, even for companies accustomed to remote work. Wendy Scott has some advice.
The NYC hospital's staff will have access to thousands of on-demand and live wellness classes.
Zachary Giegel, cofounder of D.C.-based GSP Financial and Advisory, shares tips for small businesses that are worried about financials during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The VP of strategy and client service tells us about his at-home desk setup, project tracking tools and how he maintains client relationships virtually.
Hire if you need to, but pull back the reins if your biz is in a healthy spot: HR pros discuss how their growth-stage companies are addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.
When it's over, strategies that prioritize the needs of the working poor and those on the edge of poverty will be needed to address equity in getting-back-to-work strategies, according to its first report.
Applying its pathogen detection technology CANARY, the company is developing a biosensor to test for the disease-causing agent behind the pandemic.
Some of you are working from the couch, the dining room table or piled between coworkers (aka pets) — and some of you just have a frankly alarming number of monitors.
With Delawareans sheltering in place, access to devices is essential.
The $25 million recovery fund will be available to small businesses, nonprofits, independent contractors and self-employed individuals.
"We wanted to get the message out that our lawyers are standing by ready to talk to anyone who needs help," said Philly-based partner Greg Seltzer of the Entrepreneur Legal Relief Program launched in response to the spread of COVID-19.
With in-person meetings and networking events canceled, what's an outgoing operator to do? "Check in. Reach out. Offer a helping hand," writes Kapowza Director of Accounts Sean Sutherland.
Labs are closed and conferences canceled, to the detriment of young scientists' professional development and information sharing. What will that mean for future innovations?
The Tysons-based startup that curates an app offering on-demand and in-home personal training has seen increased franchise interest from people who want to run a fitness businesses from home.
With in-person interactions stopped amid COVID-19, Baltimore software firms Fearless and SmartLogic talk about how the process of interviewing and onboarding is changing as they continue to hire.
The website allows you to buy e-gift cards to multiple local businesses to help keep them afloat.
The South Baltimore company is putting its risk predictor behind the cause to "flatten the curve" in the healthcare system.
Amid a shortage of personal protective equipment in hospitals, the makerspace is putting production plans in place and enlisting volunteers with 3D printers to fill the need.
Businesses that employ low-income individuals, have been in operation for more than two years and have a likelihood of surviving the pandemic will be prioritized, the City said.
The funds include loans, grants and incentives to help Maryland businesses and nonprofits amid the pandemic.
The NOVA COVID-19 Emergency Student Aid Fund will be used to deliver emergency funds to students in need of support for basic needs to carry them through this spring semester.
Here's how flight tracking startup Moonfish is faring during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With lots of folks working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, JumpStart:HR's Joey Price offers advice for teams to stay safe and productive.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rishi Desai talks about what the company has learned putting together videos and infographics, and his experience investigating outbreaks at the CDC.
The Sterling, Virginia-based biotech company plans to process up to 1,000 coronavirus tests per week.
How local spaces are encouraging social distancing — while staying open.
As they develop tests, treatments and vaccines, the diverse companies are also sharing info and resources, said Maryland Life Sciences.
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in more customers for the now-Pennsauken-based subscription service for imperfect fruit and vegetables.
This Tuesday, March 24, HR pros from Guru, Axios, Syapse and Ordway will cover how their high-growth companies are confronting coronavirus challenges.
Plus, Temple University senior and Technical.ly editorial intern Marybeth Gerdelmann shares her personal thoughts on spending her last semester of college online, thanks to COVID-19.
When coronavirus stress is overwhelming you, use these tips to up your emotional wellbeing through physical fitness, community support and more.
Fulton-based cyber startup foundry DataTribe released a new analysis showing that investment activity was trending down in uncertain times, even before COVID-19. Here's a look at what that means for deals locally.
In the wake of biz closures across Delaware, the venture that employs formerly incarcerated individuals turned to farm-to-table service within days.
Execs at GiveCampus, Byte Back and SEED SPOT share how their teams effectively went remote this week due to the spread of COVID-19, and shared tips for those looking to keep working from home fun.
"We've been talking about viruses every day for the last 20 years, and now everyone is," CEO Ben Doranz said. Here's what that work looks like.
With a mission to "code responsibly," a team of TU software engineering students is running a platform where faculty can find and build cybersecurity curriculum. With COVID-19's spread closing schools, it's spinning up a new collection built for online learning.
The tech education nonprofit gave out nearly 50 laptops so its youth can work from home and continue to support themselves.
As the company steps up to offer financial education to Baltimore businesses, Aaron Velky offers thoughts on transparency, preparation and figuring it out together: "Vulnerability in the face of this is critical to leadership."
Gov. John Carney has announced the Hospitality Emergency Loan Program to provide financial relief for restaurants, bars and other hospitality industry businesses.
CEO Dr. Crystal Icenhour talks about how the Sterling-based biotech company's work has changed during the pandemic.
"This has forced us to think critically about our business model to see how we can emerge through dire market conditions," said Adit Gupta, cofounder of VyB, an app for rating businesses IRL.
It's the second agreement in a week that will bring production of a candidate vaccine to be used for trials to Charm City.
For some, it's about finding balance and routine in the day, as well as levity — like calling your kids "coworkers."
Here's a look at tools to get information and communicate with others about health and business.
Low-income families might also have trouble keeping their children learning because they can’t afford the necessary technology, writes this sociology professor.
Forced social distancing can be considered "a major opportunity" to force the learning of new skills and collaboration with other businesses, says Wilmington marketer Malcolm Coley.
Working with local technologist Adam Douglass, the Hampden company set up a system to deliver cases of ice cream while restaurants are closed. Here's how it came together in a weekend.
"We've historically been under the radar, but now it feels almost like our duty for restaurants to know we're out there" during the COVID-19 spread, said CEO Andrew Nakkache.
The open-source project can be adapted to fit hospital populations anywhere.
Whether you're part of a small business taking a financial hit or looking for work-from-home policy info, we've compiled a list and will continue to update it as more information comes in.
Businesses are changing how they function amid the pandemic. Joey Price, CEO of Jumpstart:HR, offers a look at considerations from PTO to planning for a slowdown.
The safety net for employees is still available. Here's who is eligible.
As new information becomes available, we'll be updating this list.
Starting at 5 p.m. on March 16, all non-essential businesses will close until at least March 27. Plus, the City of Philadelphia launched a survey about how the business community is being affected.
More than 30,000 residents have signed up to receive up-to-date information about Philly's COVID-19 response.
Is your business impacted by COVID-19? The Division of Small Business needs your help in requesting federal aid.
Plans for the 10th annual Philly Tech Week have been forced to shift rapidly as new updates become available. Here's the transcript of an internal meeting we hosted on Friday about how to move forward.
What Delaware is doing to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Those who apply and are approved could get their installation materials in the next seven to 10 business days.
As coronavirus concerns ramp up, here's what Fearless found during a day of testing fully remote teams. Plus, BurnAlong sees increased interest in its connected health and fitness platform.
The six-week course, called "Epidemics, Natural Disasters, and Geopolitics: Managing Global Business and Financial Uncertainty," will start March 25 following the end of Penn’s extended spring break.
Amid uncertainty, the digital discussion space is designed to offer a place for entrepreneurs to share tips and get access to resources.
The Christina Cultural Arts Center's after-school program focuses on at-risk youth. A Wednesday afternoon class was full of kids aged 7 to 15 ready to learn how to create a web page.
And it strongly suggests organizers of events of 250 people or more cancel, too.
We'll update this list as new information becomes available.
Nonprofit Technology Conference and DevOpsDays have been canceled, and BSidesCharm was postponed. Here's a look at how COVID-19 is changing the local tech events calendar.
There is no plan at this time to reschedule the event, which had been slated for March 24.
Working from home for the first time? A little advice from this pro.
PLEASE put your phone on mute during a conference call — and other things remote workers want you to know.
The Gaithersburg-based biotech company received $4 million from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and is partnering with fellow Maryland company Emergent Biosolutions on manufacturing.
After a few conference cancellations — including WeDC House's travel to SXSW and the national Code for America Summit — event organizers are scrambling to make alternative plans.
Local orgs are reverting to digital experiences as the U.S. faces more cases of coronavirus.
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