Amazon, for instance, offered $20M in cloud computing resources to speed up diagnostic research and development to help the government track and mitigate COVID-19.
â€œ[O]ne area where we have heard an urgent need is in the research and development of diagnostics, which consist of rapid, accurate detection and testing of COVID-19,â€ said Teresa Carlson,Â vice president of worldwide public sector at Amazon Web Services and a 2020 Wash100 award winner. â€œBetter diagnostics will help accelerate treatment and containment, and in time, shorten the course of this epidemic.â€
Yext and Smartsheet are also offering free services to support the governmentâ€™s COVID-19 response initiatives.
â€œThis is unprecedented and so the response from the tech sector has been unprecedented,â€Â Nick Sinai, a senior adviser atÂ venture capital firm Insight Partners, told the publication. â€œTech CEOs are stepping up and offering pro-bono products, services, and support â€“ they want to do anything they can to help.â€