We are Helpful, an international community of 18,000+ STEM collaborators, who build open-source technologies to help solve global social impact problems (from the pandemic to climate change); Ask Us Anything.
We are Helpful. Since we were founded in March 2020 (and quite a few of us actually met through Reddit!), we launched over 40 projects, including these notable ones:
Origami face shield, facial protection that can be locally manufactured on demand for $0.55-$0.88 USD/unit. Thousands are manufactured and distributed locally to first responders on a weekly basis.
Maker mask: a source for science-based mask designs for community makers, such as these in-depth reports on filtration data for nonwoven polypropylene (NWPP) mask materials and in-depth breathability analysis by mask design.
Bristol Vent, a ventilator using simple technology that is suitable for treating Covid-19 victims in under-resourced countries and in crisis situations.
UVisor, a filterless, reusable, full-face protection for Coronavirus. A positive air pressure helmet that utilizes a small fan unit and an active UV light, safely contained in a UV chamber, to circulate and sterilize the air surrounding its wearer.
We are keen to continue our momentum and share the joy, successes, and heartaches we experienced in pushing the culture of open source innovation forward to help save lives.
Ask us anything.
For today's IAmA, we have Helpful's Benjamin Treuhaft (Co-CEOs), Barry Watkins (Director of Organizational Support/Operations), Marie Kalliney (Innovation Co-Director), and Densearn Seo (Medical Outreach Lead).
Edit: Thank you, everyone, for your amazing questions - it's been three hours and our puppies are all crying for their walks so we're going to close today's AMA. We will come back in 2021 and update you all!