To mobilize the world’s leading pool of smart scientists, NASA has launched a crowdsourcing program to combat the outbreak NASA@WORK to find potential solutions to the global viral epidemic through brainstorming. Previously, the agency has been involved in the outbreak in a number of different ways, including providing super-computing resources for therapeutic research and developing artificial intelligence solutions that help insight into key scientific research around viruses.
Working with the U.S. government and other agencies, NASA has identified key areas where solutions are most urgently needed today, namely, that employees should focus on personal protective equipment, ventilation hardware, and tracking and monitoring of new coronaviruses.
Of course, that doesn’t mean NASA is ignoring other solutions to the COVID-19 problem, except that priorities don’t vary as high lyn.
The agency expects experts in the field to submit submissions by April 15 to assess the most feasible methods and allocate resources to the project. Any product or design derived during this period will be open source for use by businesses anywhere.