WellAware Launches PureAware Monitored Air Purification Service

WellAware has just announced a new smart air purification service to make returning back to school or the office safe.  In combination with their remote monitoring and IoT expertise with a best-in-class air purification system, PureAware™ is the only remotely monitored air purification service that is safe for humans.

It destroys up to 99.98% of airborne viruses, and filters 99.97% of PM0.3 particulate matter. PureAware uses patented 4-layer filters developed by their manufacturing partner and is made in the USA.  Other devices on the market, such as HEPA filters, do not actually kill the virus, and others leave behind harmful ozone.  PureAware actually destroys viruses like Coronavirus and leaves the location safer!

In addition to capturing and destroying pathogens in the air, PureAware displays air filtration status results directly to web and mobile apps to track performance and air filter quality in real-time.  By scanning a customized QR code, a customer can see that they are entering a clean air environment before ever stepping foot in the door. 

Whats included with PureAware™:

  • Air Purification Cabinet: PuraShield air purification cabinets to provide the best quality air purification. Each cabinet comes pre-loaded with a patented 4-layer filter which destroys bacteria and viruses.
  • On Demand Filter Deliveries: It detects when your filter needs to be replaced and automatically send you a replacement when you need it. Filters are easy to replace and can remove up to 99.98% of airborne pathogens.
  • Remote Filter Monitoring: PureAware™ remotely monitor air purification performance to ensure air filtration uptime and clean space for your people and patrons.
  • Guaranteed Filtration Uptime: We are so confident in our air purifiers and remote monitoring service, that we offer 99% air filtration uptime. If your cabinet goes bad or your filter needs replacement, we take care of it.
  • PureAware™ Mobile App: Stay on top of filter status and make sure you are getting sufficient filtration at all times. The mobile app and filter dashboard gives you complete control over your air purification service.
  • Customer Assurance Kit: The app lets your people track filter status and see your proactive solution to provide better indoor air quality.

To learn more please visit: https://wellaware.us/air-purification-remote-monitoring/.


Source: WellAware

Austin-Based Filmmakers Announce An Open Call For COVID-19 Stories For ‘COVID Crusades’ Not-For-Profit Film Project

As we are in another month of quarantine in the United States, there are several stories within communities and cities of COVID-19 experiences. Some community and life stories have been heard but most have not considering the massive outbreak of the pandemic. Announced today, Austin-based writer and filmmaker Kirk Word and actor and filmmaker Sam Dillon are conducting an open call for interviews for their not-for-profit film project “COVID Crusades.” This is your time to tell your COVID-19 story as the filmmaking duo wants to hear from business owners, community leaders, and the general public who have compelling stories to tell about the pandemic in their lives and community.

“COVID Crusades” intends to examine the scope of Coronavirus in the United States by documenting the stories of those affected by the virus’ spread. It will inform, educate, and bring hope to the fight against the pandemic. To submit your story for consideration, please email covidcrusades@gmail.com.

“With the recent spike in COVID-19 cases and the adversity it continues to cause local economies and our living conditions, we’ve decided to increase our production of content to provide more information and access,” said Kirk Word. “We’re going to be producing stories that personalize the effects of the pandemic in close to real-time on a local level. The stories are going to interpret what you see and hear through the various information sources and the actual effect it is having on people in your community.” 

“COVID Crusades” launched a fundraising campaign for the project via membership platform Patreon, where individuals and organizations can follow the filmmakers’ journey and watch exclusive content while contributing funds toward COVID-19 relief. The fundraising efforts can be found here on PATREON.

“We have streamlined our production costs to the bare minimum, some on the team are actually volunteering their time and skills,” said Word. “If our Patreon platform can help us keep the production going and use additional funds to help some people struggling through this pandemic, then we’ll consider it a success. Some people are already feeling the effects and need help now, hopefully those who are able to do so, will support our not-for-profit project. Regardless of which situation you’re in, we need everyone to spread the word about the ‘COVID Crusades,’ and know by doing that, you will be helping others.”

At the beginning of April, Word and Dillon embarked on a cross-country road trip with a camera and an RV. To date, they have visited cities in the West Coast and Mountain Basin that have been hit hardest by the pandemic such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Las Vegas. Soon they will embark on a trip to New Orleans and up the East Coast from Orlando to New York. The team will broadcast the journey across the COVID Crusades social platforms as well as offering exclusive content for contributing patrons.

Behind-the-scenes footage will include uncut interviews with people from across the country and from all walks of life, as well as discussions with the team chronicling their hopes, challenges, and process while making this series. The duo will also be producing a podcast covering a variety of pandemic-related topics, with interviews and stories from all parts of our society including medical, scientific, government, athletic, business, homeless, clergy, psychology, and other parts of our communities affected by this pandemic.

“We want those connecting with the journey to know that they are an extended part of our team and an active part of the solution to the pandemic,” said Sam Dillon. 

For those concerned with their safety precautions, Word and Dillon are aware of the risks they’re taking while on the road documenting the virus’s impact and safety is their primary concern. All necessary medical precautions are being taken to keep both the crew and communities they come in contact with safe from the virus during production. They will only travel to cities that they’re legally able to visit and film in and will adhere to local and statewide restrictions that they encounter.

For more information on the “COVID Crusades” see www.covidcrusades.com.


Source: www.covidcrusades.com

Concert for Cuba: The World’s First COVID-19 Era International Music Fest

On July 18th and July 19th, Concert for Cuba by Instituto Cubano de la Música, HotHouse Raul Cuza and Bill Martinez will broadcast more than 60 renowned musicians that will perform from around the globe live. With the setlist finalized, artists from Dionne Warwick to Arturo O’Farrill, to Dayramir Gonzalez to Tom Morello are scheduled to perform and appear for the world’s first COVID-19 era international music fest. 

Joining them in honoring Cuba will be a variety of well-known activists, political leaders and cultural icons from Danny Glover to Medea Benjamin, from Congressman Jesus Garcia to poet Margaret Randall. In addition, long time Chicago musicians Erwin Helfer and MacArthur Genius grantee Reginald Robinson have contributed their compositions to the HotHouseGlobal channel.

Being broadcast on Saturday and Sunday nights, July 18th and 19th at 7pm CST (8pm East Coast and 5pm West Coast), the 3 hour nightly events will be broadcast from Cuba and the U.S. and available exclusively on TWITCH.TV/HotHouseGlobal.  The official radio sponsor, The Pacifica Foundation will also carry the show live on radio stations across the U.S. In addition, the two nights will be carried via watch parties by hundreds of host organizations across the U.S. as well as in Argentina, Cuba, and Canada. 

The Concert for Cuba features 30 performances by legendary Afro-Cuban artists and international recording artists including: Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine); Bush (UK, rock band); Michael McDonald (Doobie Bros.); Dionne Warrick; and appearances by political activists such as Michael Moore, Ed Asner, Mike Farrell, Ed Harris,  Rev. Jesse Jackson, Danny Glover, Elliott Gould, and others who will honor the country’s rich musical traditions and the outsized role it has played sending medical teams and aid to more than 30 nations to help tackle the pandemic during the last several months. 

As of today, the program on Saturday, July 18th
will feature, in order of appearance:


The program for Sunday night will feature in order of appearance:


Those wishing to keep up with any program changes and additional broadcast should register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/concert-for-cuba-tickets-111083545876


Source: HotHouse, Eventbrite

HandiGuru Offers Wearable Protection from Germs, Sun, Bugs and More For Summer 2020

With summer in full swing and the Fourth of July approaching, proper protection from germs, bugs and sun is very much needed, especially for families with children!  Developed by Santa Barbara-based artist and innovator Benjamin Anderson, HandiGuruTM is a lightweight, refillable wristband designed to carry a variety of gels and lotions for easy, on-the-go access. Instead of using hand sanitizers, bug repellents and sunscreen bottles that can leak and are bulky, HandiGuruTM wears comfortably like a watch and features FDA-approved, recyclable silicone perfect for storing those lotions or gels.

“In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, guarding against germs is more important than ever,” explains Anderson. “With HandiGuruTM, the protection my family needs is always right at our fingertips, giving us peace of mind whenever we leave home.”

Available in a variety of modern colors, including “Guru Gray”, “Infinite Black” and “Transcendental Blue” HandiGuruTM wears comfortably like a watch and is easily adjustable. To use, load any gel or lotion into HandiGuru’sTM self-sealing compartment with the help of the applicator bottle (included with purchase). When it’s time to reapply, simply squeeze the silicone band to release the desired amount of product – no mess, no hassle, no worries. 

For each of the first 2500 kits sold, HandiGuru™ will donate one kit to communities in need to help keep them stay safe during these difficult times.

HandiGuruTM refillable wristband kit (just $11.95) includes a one-size-fits-all silicone wristband (10ml) and a BPA-free squeeze bottle, complete with a BPA-free applicator tip for easy refills.

Stock up on protection for the entire family at HandiGuru.com and follow on Instagram @HandiGuru for updates, how-to videos, and more. Coming soon: HandiGuru™ bulk sanitizer, sunscreen, and bug repellent. HandiGuru™: Protect your om when you leave home.


Source: HandiGuru.com

“GAMEMASTER” ESPORTS Show Partners With Makerforce In Ongoing Gamers Vs. COVID Campaign

In an effort to expand the fight against coronavirus, the upcoming esports reality show, GAMEMASTER has announced a partnership with MakerForce, a grassroots emergency response organization. The new collaboration will allow both organizations to expand their reach and provide PPE supplies to an even larger network of medical providers in need.

Makerforce Initiatives Include:

  • MakerForce has distributed more than 30,000 units of maker-produced protective gear since March 2020
  • MakerForce volunteers have donated more than 2.5 years of 3D print time in just 90 days
  • MakerForce recently spearheaded delivery of 5000 masks and face shields to the Navajo and Paiute Nations 
  • MakerForce announced its active support of Black Lives Matter and has distributed thousands of masks to medics assisting protestors

GAMEMASTER 3D Printing and Distribution Program:

GAMEMASTER 3D printed an initial run of 1000 face masks, and is now continuing production based on demand. 

Healthcare Providers

  • If you are a first responder or medical professional in need of supplies, please register HERE.


  • If you are a maker with a 3D printer and want to help, please register HERE.
  • Questions about the 3D printing mask program can be found HERE

Community Ambassadors

  • If you live in a community with medical supply needs and want to share this information on social channels, please register HERE.

Program Incentives:

GAMEMASTER will offer weekly drawings for registered Makers and Community Ambassadors, including:

  • Laptops / PCs
  • Meet and Greet with Will Wheaton
  • All-expense paid trip to the Season 1 live finale of GAMEMASTER
  • And more!

With assistance from Opera Event, GameMaster has been providing a network for other “makers” around the country interested in helping to create and provide this vital equipment. In addition to the MakerForce.org site, GAMEMASTER.tv features an email portal 1) those in need of masks, and 2) those who can help 3D print masks and distribute them in their communities.

A GAMEMASTER brand partner, Micro Center, graciously provided the initial 3D printers and filament for the show’s efforts. The face masks being 3D printed by the Gamemaster team are the “Montana Masks” — a design available on the National Institute of Health website created by Dr. Dusty Richardson, Dr. Spencer Zaugg and Colton Zaugg. GAMEMASTER producers and crew are running the printing operations and handling requests and distribution of the masks.

Initially set to begin production this spring, GAMEMASTER features Wil Wheaton as the host alongside 12 amateur esports contestants from across the U.S.  GAMEMASTER is being produced by Georgia-based Peach Maria Productions (pronounced muh-RY-uh), and will be sponsored by AMD. For more information about how AMD is enabling today and inspiring tomorrow, visit the AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) website, blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.

For more information on GAMEMASTER please visit https://gamemaster.tv/. Follow GAMEMASTER on social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.

For more information about Makerforce please visit: https://makerforce.org/.


Source: GAMEMASTER, Makerforce

EvaPolar Launches First Of It's Kind Portable Air Sanitizer on IndieGoGo

As the United States starts the stages of reopening while the COVID-19 virus is still spreading there is still a huge need for personal sanitizers. Recently announced, Evapolar, a leading international vendor of personal microclimate solutions, has launched a new Indiegogo campaign for EvaPure, a new personal Air Disinfector that serves as a sustainable solution for individual effective air disinfection.

EvaPure is the flagship product of a new generation of portable air disinfectors, sanitizers and oxygenizers. EvaPure, from Evapolar, is an air care unit that combines functions of air disinfector, sanitizer and oxygen generator. The hand-sized device uses a new innovative approach to disinfection by direct evaporation of active liquid based on hydrogen peroxide.

Most traditional disinfectants spray disinfectant liquid, however, the EvaPure effect is based on direct evaporation of hydrogen peroxide. The EvaPure releases active ions of oxygen into the atmosphere and kills or weakens microorganisms and viruses. Once the oxygen ion completes the redox reaction it converts it into molecular oxygen which then refreshes the air in the room and prevents low oxygen levels.

EvaPure registered up to a 92% reduction in the amount of microorganisms in the air after just one hour of use. The device consists of just two buttons, a small water tank and comes with 30 concentrated hydrogen peroxide & silver ions tablets.

Through Indiegogo, EvaPolar hopes to raise a minimum of $40 000 with their early bird special starting at $69.00. Evapolar hopes to go into tooling production in July 2020 with mass production slated for October 2020 resulting in delivery of the EvaPure in December 2020. The Indiegogo Link can be found here: https://igg.me/at/evaPure/.

For more information, visit www.evapolar.com.


Source: Evapolar, Indiegogo

We’ve Got You Covered: Face Masks For The Summer

With summer approaching and the need for everyday face masks continue there are several brands launching various styles and designs to fit everyone’s personal needs. We have combined a list of different brands who have launched face masks in various price ranges for the summer.


ZUMO just launched a new collection of custom face masks designed for everyday use. ZUMO offers masks for sale that are made with breathable fabrics and expertly fitted for comfortable wear. They can also be customized for organizations that are looking to showcase their brand while promoting safe practices. Each mask is made with two layers of breathable polyester and PBT fabric and can be machine washed and dried for convenient sanitization. ZUMO face masks secure to the face with adjustable elastic bands, effectively covering both nose and mouth for maximum protection.

Both custom face masks and those in the ZUMO face mask collection are available in a range of sizes to meet the needs of customers and businesses. Their face masks start at $11.00 and all orders be placed online here: https://www.zumousa.com/collections/face-mask-collection?utm_source=press-release&utm_campaign=press-release-2.

Save the Girls Soft Solution Scarf

Save the Girls has launched a new line of fashion Scarves with build in masks, protective hats too.  Soft Solution Scarf (click to see scarves) is a brilliant solution to uncomfortable or unsightly masks however please note these are note meant to be used as medical masks. The scarves are a fashion accessory to any outfit and can easily convert into a mask for a quick run into a store or other public place.

They also just added protective caps and bucket hats to their selection of essential items for 2020. Use coupon code SMARTBUYS20 and receive a 20% DISCOUNT on your entire order, including touch screen purses! Click https://savethegirls.com/ and get yours today!  The STG Soft Solution Scarfs start at $14.99, the Bucket Hat retails for $24.99 and the protective caps are $19.99.

Tashka by Beatrice’s Gem Masks 

Tashka by Beatrice’s gem masks have artful gem designs printed on velvety soft and super-stylish facial masks. Offering monochromatic or multi-colored gem themes, these face masks project joy. Tashka by Beatrice’s COVID gem masks are washable, trending, and transcending daily protection.

The non-medical grade masks aren’t for emergency responders, yet that same group is purchasing them to wear over their medical-grade masks, giving medics and patients bursts of much-needed jubilation with the masks vibrant colors.

The gem masks start at $20.00 and can be purchased here: https://www.tashkabybeatrice.com/collections/face-masks-apparel. Note: A percentage of sales will be donated to organizations (No Kid Hungry, Feeding America, Direct Relief, Team Rubicon Disaster Response & International Medical Corps) to help fight COVID-19.

Ashley Nell Tipton

Ashley Nell Tipton, Season 14 winner of Project Runway, who is fusing her culture and her fashion experience to create face masks that reduce the clinical and bring on the self-expression. Ashley has set out to transform that experience and perception with a line of face masks that are design forward and help people express themselves creatively. Think patterns that include French bull dogs, Frida Kahlo, cow print, camo, and so much more!  

Her face mask collection draws upon inclusivity, Latina motifs, and spreading positivity. With this new face mask collection, Ashley has also donated 5,000 face masks to those in need during the coronavirus and the entire line is made locally in California. She even sells matching kid and adult face masks for families to wear as a unit! Her face masks start just under $20.00 and can be purchased here: https://ashleynelltipton.com/collections/fashion-face-mask.


WERKSHOP Face Masks are non-medical “fashion” face coverings that are washable and reusable. They are made out of athleisure fabric and is two layers thick at the nose/mouth. (there is a second layer that serves as a pocket so you can slip in an optional filter; not included). The soft elastic edge hugs the contours of the face to ensure a good/snug fit so it stays put while talking.

The masks come in an assortment of designs like roses or leopard print. They retail for $26.00 and can be purchased here: https://www.werkshop.com/collections/werkshop-face-masks. In true WERKSHOP fashion, a % of the proceeds for these face masks will be donated to COVID-19 disaster relief.

Glitterati Masks:

Made from sequins, which are reversible in color, you can choose the shade you want to flaunt depending on your outfit, all while staying safe. Feel the comfort on the other side of the mask, which is lined with soft jersey t-shirt material, which will not slip off the face. The masks are fully padded, comfortable for a bike ride, walking, running, or other activities, all held together with neon elastic, which wrap around the ears.

The Glitterati masks are created with safely, fashion, and inspiration in mind, with prices ranging from $20-50 per mask, and many different colorful options to choose from! Please visit https://www.etsy.com/listing/794910785/glitterati-sequin-masks?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=Glitterati&ref=sr_gallery-1-4&organic_search_click=1&col=1 for orders.

THERAMASKS by nufabrx

THERAMASKS by nufabrx offers brand new patented protection powered by CuTEC®copper, known for its ANTIMICROBIAL PROPERTIES to reduce facial contamination. Manufactured entirely in the USA at an FDA registered facility, this mask is engineered to be a dependable and sustainable solution to your personal protective equipment needs.

The machine washable and reusable copper medical masks’ fabric also creates a healthier environment for the wearer for up to 30 wears. They retail for $29.99 and can be purchased here: https://www.theramasks.com/products/performance-copper-mask?variant=33362183356461.

We are hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during this COVID-19 pandemic. If you have questions on what type of masks are CDC approved, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html.


Source: Theramasks, Glitterati, WERKSHOP, Ashley Nell Tipton, Save the Girls, ZUMO USA, Tashka by Beatrice

The Creators of the Coronavirus App Launches Coronalytics

Three months ago, one of the very first coronavirus app was launched by two French and Korean ex-pats currently living in Taiwan. The coronavirus app, located here https://coronavirus.app/, is a searchable interactive app that shows real-time updates on the virus by pulling data from the WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other resources. Now they have launched a new product; Coronalytics.

They found, one of the most requested features of the coronavirus app was the ability to compare the spread of the virus across countries. And by that, they found out that people meant predicting where a country is headed based on the curves of other countries. As they continued to build out the app they realized that it was too big of a feature to be just that, a feature, so instead they created Coronalytics.

With Coronalytics, users can compare the spread of COVID-19 across time, countries and regions, using a wide range of charts: cases, deaths, fatality rate, cases per million people across time, etc.

Since creating the coronavirus app, they have been collecting data longer than anyone else and for most countries, including the United States, and they have historical data since case #1. Their original app turned out to be quite popular, with well over 100M+ visits and 1M+ users visiting the app on a daily basis.

To help support the creators of the coronavirus app and Coronalytics they have set up a page where you can buy them coffee located here: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tGJba8O. Thus far, 2,000+ incredible supporters have bought them a coffee!

To learn more about Coronalytics please visit: https://coronavirus.app/analytics.


Source: Coronavirus App

Hi-Tech Chic Launches COVID-19 Page

We wrote our first coronavirus article for Hi-Tech Chic after 2 French and Korean ex-pats based in Taiwan emailed us asking if we could review their new app (& the 1st on market), the “coronavirus app.” The 2 French and Korean Exp-pats created the app after being stuck in Taiwan as the pandemic grew. Since then we have received pitches 24/7 of coronavirus/ COVID-19 related apps, learning tools and consumer products. After realizing we were writing about the pandemic several times a week since January, we created the “COVID-19” page on Hi-Tech Chic.

Unlike other media sites with a COVID-19 page where its news only, ours is a mix of apps, informative sites, sites with learning tools and consumer products that can make life easier at home during the pandemic.

While the pandemic still continues to spread, and the world remains concerned about COVID-19 we will be updating this page regularly with new and relative content we receive.

Considering the seriousness of the pandemic we have located the tab for the new “COVID-19” page right next to the “HOME” page for easy access! The new COVID-19 page can be found here: https://www.hi-techchic.com/covid-19/.

If you have questions or want more information about COVID-19 we suggest visiting the CDC site at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

We hope everyone remains healthy and safe during this trying time.


Source: HTC, CDC

GoSun Flow: The World’s First Portable Solar-Powered Water Purifier and Sanitation Station

Throughout the world more and more people are trying to find solutions for clean water and santatization solutions while going through this pandemic. Recently, GoSun, designer of essential solar-powered outdoor gear, unveiled the world’s first portable, solar-powered water purification and sanitation system, the GoSun Flow.

While on a Showstoppers virtual press meeting last week GoSun presented the benefits of the GoSun Flow launched on Indiegogo. The GoSun Flow is small enough to fit into a backpack, uses solar energy to filter 99.99% of pathogens from water, and can function as a portable handwashing station, warm shower, source of clean drinking water, and much more.

Through years of development, GoSun has designed the Flow to make everyone’s outdoor water needs as easy as possible. The GoSun Flow can purify one liter in about one minute and with available upgrades, it can be converted into a full-on portable shower complete with clean, hot water.

The all-in-one unit includes a faucet, pump, filter, powerbank, and solar panels. It can also be powered by a USB outlet.

Each GoSun Flow purchase results in two trees planted through the cleantech solar company’s partnership with Trees for the Future. So far, GoSun has helped plant over 40,000 trees.

Now available for pre-order on Indiegogo, the GoSun Flow is the Cincinnati-based cleantech innovator’s eighth and latest crowdfunded solar product. More than simply a water purifier, the GoSun Flow serves as an entire kitchen sink.

The GoSun Flow is available for pre-order on Indiegogo with a starting price of $139 and will start shipping in August 2020. To visit their Indiegogo page please click here.

Visit www.gosun.co for more information about GoSun.


Source:, GoSun, Showstoppers

QuantumERA™ Launches Gettysburg: A Nation Divided AR360 App

During this unique time, keeping kids learning and engaged at home can have its challenges however there is new app to help students of all ages get excited and immersed in Civil War history. Recently launched, QuantumERA™, a content creation company that creates mixed reality experiences, Gettysburg: A Nation Divided app takes users back in time to a battle in the Civil War and immerses them in the action using AR360. Gettysburg: A Nation Divided’s animation allows players to walk amidst soldiers and experience the battle unfolding around them.

The AR360 app’s high-end, game-quality animation; VFX; and Slo-Mo 360 scenes pull the audience into the battle. Actor Scott Eastwood narrates the epic adventure as interactive, 360-degree views and avatars of real-life soldiers set the scene.

With the app, players can join forces at McPherson’s Ridge when the first shot in the battle is fired or stand beside President Lincoln as he delivers the Gettysburg Address. Go on a scavenger hunt to uncover historical artifacts and earn your reward in Civil War coins. Not just an app, but an immersive experience, Gettysburg: A Nation Divided is your personal tour guide.

Gettysburg: A Nation Divided can turn your own home into the battlefield; or be used onsite at Gettysburg, where geolocation and an interactive map bring the setting to life withs production-quality animation that overlays battle scenes on locations where actual events took place.

Gettysburg: A Nation Divided (SRP $12.99) is available for the promotional price of $3.99 through May 31, 2020. Currently available for iOS devices in the App Store; app for Android devices coming soon to Google Play. Direct link to the mobile app: https://apps.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1495662839?pt=119022008&ct=MP05010518&mt=8.

For a limited time, QuantumERA is pleased to offer FREE downloads of the beta version for students, parents and educators. Simply download the new AR360 app, Gettysburg: A Nation Divided, and then visit our education partner‘s website, www.PerspectivesXR.org where teachers and students can find activities and free resources.

To learn more about QuantumERA or Gettysburg: A Nation Divided please visit: https://quantumera.com.


Source: QuantumERA

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. Partners with Good360 to Launch The ‘Bringing Home Everywhere’ Program

Announced today, Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. unveiled their $10 million plan to donate essential items to those affected by COVID-19. The ‘Bringing Home Everywhere’ program will deliver products that provide home comfort and essential support to communities and those on the frontline of the pandemic across the U.S. and Canada. The ‘Bringing Home Everywhere’ program is being launched in partnership with Good360, a global leader in product philanthropy and purposeful giving. It will leverage the unique range of home, baby & infant, health & personal care, and food and beverage products across the Company’s retail banners to provide essential items to some of the 90,000 charities in Good360’s network. 

The program provides donations to communities in need as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. A recent Good360 survey found that responding nonprofits need home goods, and that 47% sought bedding in particular.[1] The company will deliver essential home goods to those in healthcare or nursing facilities, or communities hardest hit by the economic impact of COVID-19.

Some examples of donations the ‘Bringing Home Everywhere’ program has delivered include:

Supporting the New York City (NYC) Hospital System in Crisis: As the hospital system hit capacity, supplies of fresh towels were in short supply. The Company’s Harbor Linen team donated 3,500 towels to 13 hospitals across NYC’s five boroughs for use by patients, hardworking healthcare workers or to sanitize medical equipment.

Helping Families in Need: As the economic impact of COVID-19 hit families across the country, the Company has geared up to send home supplies, infant care items, food and other essential goods to families from Bed Bath & Beyond, buybuy BABY, and Christmas Tree Shops andThat!  So far, goods have been sent to California, New York, New Jersey, and Washington state, with more destinations in the planning phase. 

Finding a Novel Way to Help Safeguard Against Infection: In Canada, baby monitors were donated by buybuy BABY to two Toronto, Ontario hospitals during the pandemic. The novel approach helped reduce the chance of infection by enabling front line healthcare professionals to communicate with ICU teams and COVID-19 patients.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. has a longstanding relationship with Good360, dating back to 2001. The Company has collaborated in retail matching programs for nonprofits and distribution of needed goods to communities throughout North America. Over the past four weeks, the Company has donated products to support the Bring Home Everywhere program including towels, food, toys, and baby products to organizations like NYC Hospitals and nonprofits like World of Giving.

As part of the Bringing Home Everywhere program, donations of home essentials will go to frontline healthcare workers, hospitals, and nursing homes, those impacted by financial hardship and at-risk communities.

For more information and to donate to the campaign, please visit: www.bedbathandbeyond.com/bringinghomeeverywhere.

Bed Bath & Beyond operates websites at www.bedbathandbeyond.com and www.bedbathandbeyond.ca. Learn more at https://www.good360.org.


Source: Bed, Bath and Beyond, Good360

Introducing CaringBand: A Wearable Bracelet with Mobile App for Support, Encouragement and Love

With the unforeseen Coronavirus pandemic and stay at home orders people are finding and creating new ways to reach out to loved ones. Recently launched on Kickstarter, the CaringBand is a wearable bracelet combined with a mobile app to keep you encouraged and connected with people who want to remind you that you’re loved and vice versa. This simple bracelet allows the wearer to receive notifications from friends and family during serious physical and emotional trials, without the stress of having to respond. 

CaringBand bridges the gap and connects loved ones, while alleviating the guilt that the wearer must respond when they are often too emotionally exhausted. For those that are physically or mentally challenged with chronic disabilities the bracelet is a simple and easy way to share love they can feel and see.

“The vision and motivation came from a void I wanted to fill in my own mother’s battle with cancer,” said Lindsay Donaldson, Chief Caring Officer. “I knew I wanted her to know throughout the day that not only the family, but hundreds of friends and coworkers wanted her to know she was in their thoughts. CaringBand is meant for one thing and one thing only – to encourage and support those who need it most.” 

With just a few taps of the free CaringBand app you can simply and easily send a selection of pre-set messages such as ‘Praying for you’ or ‘I love you’.  Each message prompts the CaringBand Bracelet to pulse and light-up, which serves as a real-time reminder of encouragement and love. And best of all, the bracelets can be reused to pay it forward to the next individual in need of extra love and support. 

CaringBand is now live on Kickstarter through May 27th and is offering CaringBand bracelets as reward for a $29 pledge ($39 est. MSRP) for the first 250 backers.  There is also an option to donate a bracelet for $29 to one of their partner organizations. To visit their Kickstarter page please visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/caringband/caringband-a-wearable-for-support-encouragement-and-love?ref=87elpk.


Source: Kickstarter, CaringBand

Got Dash Dot Launches The “INSPIRE” Program To Benefit Healthcare Workers

In response to COVID-19, Go Dash Dot, the maker of stylish and functional bags for women, launched the “INSPIRE” program designed to benefit healthcare workers as well as the public dealing with socially distancing and shelter in place orders. The “INSPIRE” effort is the creation of Go Dash Dot founder Hannah Fastov and includes donations of bags to medical workers and staff, free Instagram workouts for people at home, and steep discounts on Go Dash Dot merchandise available online.

Go Dash Dot will also be donating 10 percent of its monthly sales to Direct Relief, a non-profit working to equip doctors and nurses with life-saving medical resources to care for the world’s most vulnerable.

Fastov began “INSPIRE” in March, at the dawn of the coronavirus explosion in the US. Owing to its roots as a bag that women could take to the gym, the brand launched free daily works on its live Instagram feed. Out of that came 30 percent discounts on its site and a 10 percent donation to Direct Relief.

Fastov expanded “INSPIRE” further after hearing from a nurse in Nashville, who had won a bag as part of Go Dash Dot’s daily giveaway.

“She was so excited to have won because the belt bag would be helpful to hold saline solutions and other items she needs to keep on her body while working with patients,” Fastov said. “She also noted the fact that they are machine washable is awesome so she can wash it between each shift.”

Go Dash Dot will continue donating a large percentage of its stock to healthcare providers fighting the coronavirus during this pandemic.

Go Dash Dot INSPIRE bags start at $165.00 and can be purchased here: https://godashdot.com/pages/healthcare.

Currently, Go Dash Dot is offering 40% discount sitewide to any U.S. healthcare worker! They are also 20% off sitewide for Mother’s Day using code: MOM20.

To sign up for “INSPIRE” free Instagram workouts please visit: https://godashdot.com/pages/INSPIRE.


Source: Go Dash Dot

Lief's Downtime™ Digital Anxiety Treatment Now Available

May is National Mental Health Month and with the global pandemic focusing on self-health and controlling anxiety during this time is essential. Announced this week, Lief Therapeutics’ Downtime digital anxiety intervention is now available as an adjunct treatment for Generalized Anxiety Disorder during the COVID-19 emergency. The patented digital intervention is delivered through the company’s flagship Lief Rx Smart Patch, a wearable ECG device now covered under most insurance plans.

For the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, physicians can prescribe Downtime to help patients manage symptoms of anxiety in conjunction with their primary treatment plan. 

Lief’s digital prescriptions are designed to improve heart rate variability (HRV), the gold standard biomarker for mental health. A meta-analysis of 2,086 anxiety patients found that low HRV is associated with anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, PTSD, and panic. Lief’s core offering, HRV biofeedback training, has been shown to significantly decrease stress and anxiety

In clinical trials, 88% of Lief study participants reported significantly reduced anxiety over the course of eight weeks, as measured by standardized psychometric assessment. Participants were also able to significantly increase their HRV by approximately 50% in 3 minute exercises with the device.

The Lief Rx Smart Patch can be worn discreetly throughout the day to help patients track their HRV and train it higher through personalized biofeedback exercises. Healthcare providers can use Lief’s free Clinician Dashboard to remotely enroll eligible patients in the Lief program, monitor their biomarker and self-report data, and send secure chat and video messages through the connected mobile app.

Lief’s fully remote program helps providers treat patients’ anxiety and communicate outside the office, thereby supporting nationwide social distancing measures. By enabling patients to reduce their anxiety through empowering biofeedback exercises and support from a remote behavioral health specialist, Lief extends the capabilities of care teams and helps ease the burden on health care facilities and providers.

Highlighting the growing need for remote mental health technologies like Lief in light of ongoing social isolation during COVID-19, the FDA noted in their updated policy guidance:

“The use of digital health technologies, including software as a medical device or other digital therapeutics solutions, may improve mental health and well-being of patients with psychiatric conditions during periods of shelter-in-place, isolation, and quarantine.” 

-U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration,
Center for Devices and Radiological Health, & Office of Product Evaluation and Quality

As a result of the updated policy guidance, patients can utilize Lief to further reduce their anxiety as a complement to talk therapy, their medication regimen, or another primary therapy as determined by their physician. The wearability and continuous monitoring capabilities of Lief offer a valuable tool for those in need of mental health support on a regular basis.

Whether utilized in between appointments with their doctor as a routine well-being practice, or in response to acutely stressful events, Lief offers a flexible adjunct treatment option for those suffering from generalized anxiety disorder, who need more support during this challenging time.

Lief Therapeutics is currently offering 10% off new users’ first month’s subscription to its direct to consumer telemedicine services with code NEWYEARSLIEF10. For more information, visit www.getlief.com


Source: Lief Therapeutics


This week additional talent has been announced for the upcoming COV-AID™ event, a one-day online charity event on Giving Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT. The event will feature more than 10 hours of content showcasing popular gamers, athletes, artists and other personalities streamed across top social game-streaming platforms including Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, Twitter and Facebook.

All proceeds will be donated to Americares and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help the fight against COVID-19, and to support front-line medical professionals, first responders, and families most directly affected by COVID-19. The event will feature a mix of interactive, live-streamed competitions and performances, plus pre-recorded content from entertainers, athletes, and other personalities.

Talent will include Grammy Award-winning artist Lil Jon; Super Bowl champion Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski; Rapper Waka Flocka Flame; Call of Duty champion SiLLY; esports organization SoaR Gaming; actor Donavan Carter (HBO “Ballers”); Rapper Slim Jxmmi; television presenter, actress, writer, video game journalist and producer Michele Morrow; Grammy Award-winning producer DJ Babey Drew; MLB players including former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Harrison Bader; Grammy Award-winning record producer DJ Infamous; Tony Award-winning actress and singer Lea Salonga; streamer Sam Seum; and esports organization Ghost Gaming. Additional talent will be announced.


COV-AID will be live-streamed on May 5 at 1pm EDT on platforms including:
Twitch | YouTube | Mixer | Twitter | Facebook


COV-AID is an egoless alliance of talent, distribution and nonprofit partners coming together to fight COVID-19. Event organizers and logistical partners will earn no revenue from COV-AID. All proceeds will support the event’s nonprofit beneficiaries and their work.

For more information, or to make a donation, please visit cov-aid.org. 


Americares is providing desperately-needed personal protective equipment (PPE), training and emotional support to ensure health workers on the front lines of the pandemic can continue their lifesaving and life-changing work.


Boys & Girls Clubs of America is committed to remaining open to support the children and families of front-line medical professionals and essential workers while also providing meals and virtual learning at thousands of Clubs around the country.


Source: COVAID.org

SXSW 2020 Music Showcasing Artist Playlist Launched on Youtube

With the cancellation of the SXSW 2020 Music Festival due to COVID-19, music fans are wondering where they can here the bands they would have seen at the festival.  The SXSW team has collected a few ways for you to discover some of these great acts, support them, and resources which may be helpful for you or the people you work with during this pandemic.

Watching a stream or video will never replace the experience of seeing a show live and in person. The SXSW team has seen some pretty amazing artists find creative ways to make video content unique and stand out in a different way. They’ve asked the artists who were meant to perform at SXSW 2020 to send us a video of them performing live.

Thus far, they have been handed around 250 videos including a mind-blowing NBA half-time show, a 6,000 member quarantine choir covering David Bowie’s “Heroes”, a mosh pit singalong in Indonesia, a cello performance in a former East Berlin GDR broadcasting studio, and even one in an Austin laundromat. You can see them all on the Keep Up with SXSW 2020 Showcasing Artists playlist on Youtube – you can find the individual videos on the SXSW Schedule as well.

Below is a list that SXSW has compiled of resources for those in the music industry/community.

As we continue through this trying time for the world, the team at SXSW is continuing to work on the shuffle of getting those artists who were supposed to be at SXSW show cased one way or another. As we previously posted as of April 27th SXSW 2020 Films will be available on Amazon Prime.  

For more information or to stay up to date on SXSW please visit: www.sxsw.com.


Source: SXSW, Youtube

Bravado Unveils WE'VE GOT YOU COVERED E-Commerce Site

As of now, there are 7 states that require face masks in public, and with other states starting to follow suit now is the time to invest in a washable cloth face mask. Announced today, Bravado, Universal Music Group’s (UMG) industry-leading merchandise and brand management company, launched their WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED e-commerce site, offering fans reusable, washable, cloth face masks. The face masks were made in partnership with artists across the UMG family.

Starting today, fans can purchase face masks for US $15.00 at wegotyoucoverednow.com. All net proceeds will support the music community through various charity partners around the world including MusiCares (U.S.) and Help Musicians (U.K.) among others. Below are the WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED face masks artist logos currently available to purchase.


In making this announcement, Mat Vlasic, CEO of Bravado said: “I’m humbled and grateful to work with artists and partners who are passionate and driven to deliver a program that supports those that need it most during this unprecedented time. This initiative will continue to grow and evolve thanks to the hard work from everyone here at Bravado and UMG along with our artists across the globe.”

Bravado’s WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED initiative is a global, three-part program that supports UMG employees, the music community and key community service providers. This initiative further expands Universal Music Group’s response to help support those affected by the pandemic and an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Bravado and UMG launched this program first by offering free face masks to all UMG employees. The program will also contribute 50,000 masks to those serving communities across the U.S. including workers in food banks, school lunch programs, homeless shelters and other community service providers across.

To shop the WE GOT YOU COVERED face masks please visit: https://wegotyoucoverednow.com/. For more information about Bravado please visit: http://www.bravado.com.


Source: Bravado

Austin Tech Alliance Launches ‘Lend a Hand ATX’ Volunteering Website

This week Austin Tech Alliance (ATA), an Austin based non-profit,  has launched a new website for the Austin Tech community: lendahandATX.org. Lend a Hand ATX helps skilled tech volunteers and those in need make critical community connections during the COVID-19 crisis, and beyond. As an Austin based company ourselves and in this unique time, it’s time to tap our local tech community and ask them to lend a hand for all Austinites.

Liz Coufal, one of ATA’s Advisory Board member, said: “We didn’t see an entity that was galvanizing stay-at-home tech workers for volunteer opportunities, so we created Lend a Hand ATX.”

ATA knows that stay-at-home tech workers have the desire and in-demand skills that our community needs. They are asking the community to step up in the fields of branding, content, design, hardware needs, strategy, social media, IT services, and tutoring to support nonprofits, community members and small businesses in Austin.

How to Lend a Hand for ATX:

Visit lendahandATX.org to register either as a person needing or giving help. 

  • Organizations in need of tech for good:
    Add a listing under “I’m looking for help” and you’ll be added to the site. Need to add online ordering to your restaurant site? Having trouble using an API? Need help understanding what an API is? Click the dropdown menu to add a searchable tag. 
  • Volunteers:
    If you’re someone who has time and capacity to give, GREAT! Click on “Add listing” to become a skilled volunteer in branding, content, design, hardware needs, strategy, social media, IT services, and tutoring. 

Learn more and register to give or receive help: lendahandATX.org. To learn about ATA COVID-19 best practices for Austin please visit: https://www.austintech.org/COVID19.

About Austin Tech Alliance

Austin Tech Alliance is a nonpartisan nonprofit building a culture of civic engagement in Austin’s tech sector. They are focused on helping every tech employee cast an informed vote and using tech as a tool to tackle our community’s most pressing challenges.

As a member-supported nonprofit, ATA has membership options for both individuals as well as companies. ATA includes over 70 civically engaged companies that are up a cross-section of leading tech organizations, including AT&T, Capital Factory, Dell, Facebook, Google, Lyft, Silicon Labs, SXSW, Uber, WP Engine, and more. Learn more about ATA here: https://www.austintech.org/.


Source: ATA

Vans Foot The Bill Campaign

Due to the impact of COVID-19 and as part of their Foot the Bill campaign, VANS has partnered with local and community-driven skate shops, restaurants, art galleries and music venues to support them with custom-designed VANS footwear. 100 % of net proceeds* from the sale of each pair of these very special VANS Customs will go directly to their small business partners in this time of need. With the purpose of continuing to enable creative expression, please join VANS in helping these companies during these difficult times. The list of VANS Foot the Bill partners where you can shop these uniquely designed shoes can be found here: https://www.VANS.com/footthebill.html.

Below is the current list of the companies VANS has partnered with:  


As an Austin based company, we do want to point out that Mohawk, an Austin music venue impacted by the cancellation of SXSW 2020 and COVID-19, VANS “Foot the Bill” Mohawk shoe is dope!


Another Austin based-company impacted by COVID-19 pandemic that VANS partnered with, No-Comply Skateshop, also has a stellar “Foot the Bill” VANS shoe.


To shop or learn more about the Foot the Bill campaign by Van’s please visit: https://www.VANS.com/footthebill.html.

To learn more about the Foot the Bill campaign by Van’s please visit: https://www.VANS.com/footthebill.html.


Source: VANS

Gabriel & Co. Announces New 91>19 Unisex Bangle with 100% Of The Proceeds Donated to Jewelers for Children

Announced today, Gabriel & Co., the leader in bridal and fashion fine jewelry, just launched their new 91>19 Bangle with 100% of proceeds from the new bangle to be donated to Jewelers For Children which supports children who have been affected by illness, abuse, or neglect. The sterling silver bracelet which retails for $91, is engraved with the design 91>19. The inscribed 91 finds its inspiration from Psalm-91. Written first by the great prophet Moses, the verse cites that hope, comfort and faith shall rise above fear in times of trouble (1). The “19“ is a reference to the COVID-19 pandemic while the sterling silver material is a reminder of the ‘silver linings’ that occur even in the darkest of times.

If shoppers believe in a higher power or just the simple math of 91 being greater than 19, this formula and bracelet represents strength, comfort, and positivity. Both Jack and Dominick Gabriel, devout spiritual brothers and Co-Founders of Gabriel & Co., hope the bangle will inspire wearers to come together and keep their faith.

“We are always profoundly struck by what jewelry can mean during uncertain times to help us stay strong.” states Jack. Dominick follows up by saying “We designed a silver unisex bangle with the inscription of 91>19 on the front and with ‘No harm shall overcome us’ inscribed on the inside to spread this message.”

David Rocha, Executive Director of Jewelers For Children, states: “We greatly appreciate the continued support of Gabriel & Co. They are always at the front of the line when it comes to helping JFC meet our mission of helping the children who need it most. Jack and Dominick personify what it means to come together and help others during these challenging times”.  

The Gabriel & Co. 91>19 Bangle is available at https://www.gabrielny.com/91greaterthan19#. For more information about Jewelers For Children please visit: https://jewelersforchildren.org/.



New DocClocker App Allows Medical Facilities to Offer Real-Time Waiting Room Reporting

Currently, waiting room at medical facilities are experiencing long wait times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently announced, DocClocker®, a pioneering app that enables medical facilities to provide patients with real-time wait time reporting, is preventing the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) nationwide by enabling patients to avoid long waits in medical waiting rooms. The DocClocker app was created and funded entirely by practicing medical physicians and on a mission to create transparency in the waiting room to enhance communication between medical providers and their patients.

“It is important that people are not sitting in sick waiting rooms during the coronavirus outbreak when there are delays in the office. DocClocker providers value their patients’ time and are engaged in technology efficiencies that mitigate long wait times,” said Dr. Eric Carter, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of DocClocker. 

The DocClocker app easily allows for medical providers to deliver patients with waiting room wait times to increase patient satisfaction and positive reviews – allowing patients to stop for coffee on their way to an appointment or finish a work project, in case the office is running behind. 

In addition, providers who use DocClocker receive an increase in new patient bookings, as they can be located and selected on the app by prospective, in-network patients. The app can also reduce front desk stress by allowing patients to manage appointments through the app and receive appointment reminders. 

“As governments and communities around the globe are doing everything in their power to prevent the spread of coronavirus, it is our obligation as medical providers to do the same for the safety of our patients. By providing real-time wait times to your patients with DocClocker, you are demonstrating your commitment and true care for their wellbeing,” said Dr. Kevin Makati, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of DocClocker. 

I personally checked out the app’s site and it was pretty simple to use once you sign up. FYI it’s not available in all cities so you must check the site to see if they service your area. DocClocker is available at the Apple Store and Google Play for free.

For more information about DocClocker, please visit the app’s website at: https://docclocker.com/.


Source: DocClocker

To Honor America’s Nurses on the Front Lines, Kino Lorber Launches Free Streaming Of Acclaimed Documentary 'The American Nurse'

To honor nurses on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, Kino Lorber is offering a free streaming re-release of the acclaimed documentary, THE AMERICAN NURSE (www.americannurseproject.com https://the2050group.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3fe3bbbe0d68054ba2037af6a&id=7b791f5189&e=094662a8dd). The documentary highlights the lives of five American nurses from diverse specialties, bringing to the big screen a sincere look at the commitment, necessity, and compassion behind this profession that impacts us all.

Marking the six-year anniversary since it was released in U.S. theaters in May 2014, Kino Lorber will release THE AMERICAN NURSE for free on its streaming platform Kino Now https://the2050group.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3fe3bbbe0d68054ba2037af6a&id=f7d75d9825&e=094662a8dd from now until the end of May. The release is timed to coincide with National Nurses Week, and the World Health Organization (WHO) also designating 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

Contact Hours for Nurses:

Nurses receive 1 free contact hour for watching the film and completing the evaluation, thanks to the generous support of Walden University. Walden University is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. To receive your contact hours, visit https://americannurseproject.com/cne <https://the2050group.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3fe3bbbe0d68054ba2037af6a&id=a22078ccb2&e=094662a8dd> .

The film’s free release is made possible by Fresenius Kabi, which also supported the development of the film and related book, and whose purpose is to put lifesaving medicines and technologies in the hands of nurses and others who care for patients, and to find answers to the challenges they face. It was developed following the success of the critically-acclaimed, award-winning book The American Nurse: Photographs and Interviews by Carolyn Jones, originally released in 2012 and now in its fourth printing.


The American Nurse is a heart-warming film that explores some of the biggest issues facing America – aging, war, poverty, prisons – through the work and lives of nurses. It is an examination of real people that will change how we think about nurses and how we wrestle with the challenges of healing America. The American Nurse is an important contribution to America’s ongoing conversation about what it means to care.

The film follows the paths of five nurses in various practice specialties including Jason Short as he drives up a rugged creek to reach a home-bound cancer patient in Appalachia. Tonia Faust, who runs a prison hospice program where inmates serving life sentences care for their fellow inmates as they’re dying.

Naomi Cross (a labor and delivery nurse at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore) as she coaches an ovarian cancer survivor through the Caesarean delivery of her son. Sister Stephen, a nun who runs a nursing home filled with goats, sheep, llamas and chickens, where the entire nursing staff comes together to sing for a dying resident. And Brian McMillion, an Army veteran and former medic, rehabilitating wounded soldiers returning from war.

For more information please visit The American Nurse Project at www.americannurseproject.com: https://the2050group.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3fe3bbbe0d68054ba2037af6a&id=4c7684919c&e=094662a8dd.


Source: American Nurse Project, Kino Lorber, Carolyn Jones, Fresenius Kabi

SXSW and Amazon Announce “Prime Video Presents The SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection”

Ever since SXSW 2020 was canceled filmmakers and musicians have struggled to get their new project out to the public. Announced today, Amazon Prime Video and SXSW are joining forces to launch “Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection,” following the unprecedented cancellation of the SXSW Conference and Festivals by the City of Austin due to concerns surrounding the Coronavirus.

“Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection” offers filmmakers in the 2020 SXSW Film Festival lineup an invitation to opt in to take part in this online film festival, which will play exclusively on Prime Video in the U.S. for 10-days. The one-time event will be available in front of the Prime Video paywall and free to all audiences around the country, with or without an Amazon Prime membership, all that is needed is a free Amazon account.

Filmmakers who choose to participate will receive a screening fee for streaming their film over the 10-day period. The launch date is yet to be announced, but SXSW and Prime Video are targeting a late April date. SXSW has shared details on the opportunity with 2020 filmmakers, who can opt-in starting today.

We have had the unique opportunity to screen some of the SXSW 2020 Film Festival movies as press and below are our reviews.

It is worth it to check out the lineup once they announced the release date of “Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection.” For more information, please visit sxsw.com. To sign-up or start a free trial of Amazon Prime visit: amazon.com/prime.


Source: SXSW, Amazon

DriveItAway App Offers "Touchless" Delivered Car Rental with Purchase Option

While the United States has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, whether it’s work or school, many companies are looking into ways to help consumers during this challenging time. Announced today, the DriveItAway app has adapted its app-based platform to meet the challenges car dealers and consumers face in the current coronavirus environment. The app allows for fully remote “touchless” rental contracting, payment, renewal etc., so no person-to-person close physical interaction is required and the transaction is engineered to be a rent-to-buy model. Consumers now can have a vehicle delivered to them to drive today with the option to buy at a later time, and with a substantial amount of the rental fee going towards the ultimate purchase should he/she exercise the option to buy.

John F. Possumato, CEO of DriveItAway, states, “We saw that many car dealers now are prohibited from selling cars or are limited to online sales only, while vehicle rental companies are allowed to do business, so we quickly adapted our rent-to-purchase model to both comply with current state restrictions, and most importantly, focus on  the customer needs of a social distancing and limited financial commitment, with remote delivery and an optional buy out where rental payments go towards the purchase price if the option is exercised”

How the DriveItAway Program for Consumers Works:

1.         Pick the vehicle desired out any dealer’s used car inventory online & call, email or text the dealer to establish the all in one monthly fee (which includes insurance and maintenance), and the sale price option, with part of this monthly payment applied and deducted from the sale price, if the purchase option is exercised in the future.

2.         The vehicle and monthly rental rate, amount of the rental applied in credit towards the purchase (should the renter want to purchase), and  terms, are placed on the DriveItAway app, where the renter can digitally consummate all rental terms and payment.

3.         The clean, disinfected vehicle is delivered to the customer’s door – from a distance, the delivery coordinator will validate identity (with the license information in the app), and confirm a vehicle condition walk around….that’s it, no paperwork, no direct contact, no need for close interaction.

The unique DriveItAway program combines the best of a rental, a purchase and a lease, all in one. As a customer, you get the vehicle you choose, make no long term financial commitment, keep your cash, spend nothing on maintenance and repairs, and have the option to buy the vehicle, with a portion of your past payment deducted from the purchase price. 

Adds Possumato, “DriveItAway can operate in all 50 states, but does not yet have dealers in many areas of the country. If anyone wants to utilize the program, and their chosen dealer is not yet affiliated with the DriveItAway platform, let the dealer know to contact us – have them call me (856 495 3138) or email me (john@driveitaway.com) directly, and we will on-board them immediately – there is no start-up cost or membership fee to utilize the DriveItAway app or platform to the dealer or consumer, during this crisis period. We are all in this together, let’s all help each other.”

The DriveItAway app is available in the Apple App Store or Google Play. To get started or to learn more about the DriveItAway App please visit: https://www.driveitaway.com/.


Source: DriveItAway

Classkick Announces Free Real-Time Virtual Home School Learning App For Coronavirus Affected Schools Throughout U.S.

Announced this week, Classkick, www.classkick.com, the leading virtual learning app that shows teachers in real-time exactly what students are thinking and learning, are immediately offering the Classkick Pro School Membership for free for Coronavirus COVID-19 affected schools (a $1499 value). Because of the widespread U.S. school closures, over 3,000 new schools signed up for Classkick’s remote learning app, with over 1,000 schools unable to pay immediately. With many more schools closed and children’s education at stake, Classkick is offering Classkick Pro School for free for all schools in need. To sign up, go to https://classkick.com/coronavirus.

Classkick Features:

  • Students privately receive virtual feedback, corrections, and suggestions from teachers in real-time as if they were in the classroom.
  • Students can virtually raise their hands to alert the teacher of the need for help.
  • Teachers view the entire class working in real-time and can instantly give extensive feedback to each student separately or as a group.
  • Teachers see how each student is thinking.
  • Teachers can instantly reward students with gold stars, Bitmojis, GIFs, and other stickers.
  • Teachers can create or upload assignments and other content, including drawings, text, images, audio, links, videos, chat, and GIFs.
  • Teachers can assign a student roster and provide the class code to students to log-in from home.
  • Classkick works with Screencastify apps to make teaching screencasts. Screencastify uploads right to Youtube, which students can watch in Classkick.
  • Classkick links directly from an LMS (learning management system), such as Google Classroom and others, so students can log in and see their assignments for the day.
  • Currently in use worldwide in thousands of schools from grades kindergarten through high school and all school subjects.
  • Video how-to for teachers:

Classkick Pricing:

  • Classkick Pro School retail $1499/year, unlimited teachers, 2,000 students
  • Classkick Pro School renewal $999/year, unlimited teachers, 2,000 students
  • Classkick Pro School limited time discount $499/year, unlimited teachers, 2,000 students
  • Single teacher price $96/year (27% off $10.99/month Membership)
  • Classkick for Pro Schools affected by COVID-19 FREE (limited time)
  • Classkick Basic FREE

Classkick is available immediately for free for Coronavirus COVID-19 affected schools, teachers can sign up at: https://classkick.com/coronavirus, visit the website for more information: www.classkick.com.


Source: Classkick

Sickfestivals.com Tracks Canceled Music Festivals Globally

The festival and live music industries have taken a massive hit since the coronavirus outbreak from canceling Austin’s South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival to rescheduling the Coachella and Stagecoach festivals. To help everyone stay on top of things, Slovenia-based music data company Viberate has put together a comprehensive list at www.sickfestivals.com, updated daily. Sickfestivals.com is a new free service that lets music fans track which festivals have been canceled or postponed. In case fans have already bought tickets and made travel arrangements, they can hopefully cancel in time to get a refund.

Realizing that music festivals are announcing cancelations or postponing dates on a daily basis, Sickfestivals.com keeps their database up to date. The service monitors around 5,000 festivals worldwide and lets you know which ones are canceled or postponed, so you can plan accordingly. The data is sourced from Viberate’s massive global database of artists, venues, events, and festivals. Currently, they’ve identified 141 canceled and 185 postponed festivals.

“The damage will go into billions,” explains Viberate’s founder and CEO Matej Gregorcic: “The production costs of a mega festival often exceed $100M. Our service monitors around 5,000 festivals, and more than 300 have already announced they will cancel or postpone. Festivals that have been canceled in time probably won’t get hit too badly. Fans, however, will. Mostly emotionally, but if they don’t cancel their travel arrangements in time, it can also hit their wallets. Here’s where we come in with our info on canceled festivals, updated daily.”

Through the SickFestival.com site you can also report if a festival is missing or if you know first hand said festival is missing from their database.

Viberate was founded by the world-famous DJ UMEK and his management. Today, the company employs over 100 people worldwide and aims to become “the IMDb of music.” For more information about Vibrate please visit: https://www.viberate.com/.


Source: Sickfestival.com, https://www.viberate.com/

TransparentBusiness to Help Women-Led Businesses Thrive Amid COVID-19 Restrictions

For most Americans, it has been their first week working from home and self-quarantined amid the COVID-19 Restrictions. Announced today, Silvina Moschini co-founder of TransparentBusiness, is on a quest to help women-lead businesses by offering unlimited and free access to the TransparentBusiness remote working and management platform while the COVID-19 restrictions are in place. They will also help the companies to deploy work-from-home programs. By offering the free service and support people will be able to make a smooth transition to allowing their employees to work from home. 

Below are their offerings:

The TransparentBusiness software is an emergency preparedness and pandemic response tool. The software helps companies allow their staff to work from home, and yet still be productive, and have accountability.  Companies that use this recession-resilient software will find that it helps them boost productivity and transparency, offers cost-cutting solutions, and provides a real solution to transition people to remote working. 

While working from home will be the new norm, TransparentBusiness platform provides solutions to make remote work easy to monitor and coordinate. For more information about the software, visit the site: https://transparentbusiness.com/.

To join their webinar ” Emergency Preparedness: Enabling Transparent Work From Home” please visit: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cKBterl6RYmUDFTb3_SxDQ.

About TransparentBusiness

Designated by Citigroup as the Top People Management Solution, TransparentBusiness offers full transparency and real-time coordination, boosts productivity, and eliminates overbilling. For more information about the software, visit the site: https://transparentbusiness.com/.


Source: TransparentBusiness

Boca Raton Museum of Art Presents "Keep Kids Smart with ART" Online Series

With most of the United States forced to self-isolate and practice social distancing along with schools canceled parents are now looking for homeschooling options. Even though the Boca Raton Museum of Art is closed to the public, starting this Friday, March 20, the museum is launching a new series of free Online Community Art Initiatives for all ages at this link. Featuring the new Keep Kids Smart with ART series to help parents and their children who are home from school.

According to the National School Boards Association, kids who study art are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement. In fact, studies show that art helps kids earn higher report card grades because skills developed through art lead to better learning in other areas.

The Boca Raton Museum of Art has always provided the community the added benefit of an Art School campus with an innovative art faculty, since its very beginnings in 1950. These art educators are using their expertise to develop online resources using the power of art. Also for seniors who are keeping social distance and who might feel isolated.

This series will provide art-oriented ways for people to creatively utilize their new free-time at home. Online art lessons, tips for parents to use art-making and creativity with their kids at home, and activities for all ages.

The resources on this landing page will evolve as time passes, as the art teachers receive feedback and reactions from families about their needs. It will also branch out to the Museum’s social media channels for ongoing activities — #BocaMuseumatHome.

As stated above, the new series of free online programs, featuring Keep Kids Smart with ART will begin this Friday, March 20th. The link will be here. *The first content will be added on Friday.

This free online series for parents at home with their kids, and for family members of all ages including seniors who might feel isolated at home, is from the Boca Raton Museum of Art.


Source: Boca Raton Museum of Art

KOKOMO’s FREE COVID19Tracker™ Cloud Software for Communities, Schools, and Healthcare Systems

KOKOMO Solutions Inc. has announced the first of its kind cloud software called the COVID19Tracker™ to help communities in the challenges of collecting reports, tracking and management of the critical Coronavirus COVID-19 cases. COVID19Tracker™ is a cloud-based safety solution in mobile apps and web portals with case management, communication, and collaboration features. Designed to help provide situational awareness, report, track, and manage Coronavirus cases within schools, communities, healthcare systems and workplaces across the nation, COVID19Tracker™ is comprised of 3 cloud solutions powered by commercially available software, Kokomo24/7® Safety Cloud™.

Kokomo24/7® Safety Cloud™ is a Software-as-a-Service product that ensures safe environments for schools, communities, and workplaces through an easy-to-use, intuitive set of safety applications designed to give communities, local governments, schools, and health administrators the proactive insight and capability to manage coronavirus cases. 

At the heart of Kokomo24/7® Safety Cloud™ is a proprietary A.I. Engine that gives administrators analytical data to help determine the probability of reported cases for proactive intervention. Incident Management System (Kokomo24/7® – IMS) provides a proactive approach to respond to and recover from incidents in a repeatable methodology.

With the Anonymous Reporting System (Kokomo24/7® – ARS), communities, students, parents, and employees can submit health and safety concerns from a mobile app or website portal. These reports will be triaged by an A.I.-based TruScore™ scoring system. The data in TruScore™ is designed to help manage false positives and more precisely identify at-risk individuals and incidents.

Kokomo24/7® Emergency Operations Center (Kokomo24/7® – EOC) provides emergency operation centers and safety officials with instant situational awareness so emergencies are thoroughly coordinated and managed with informed decisions. Additionally, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) module provides communications across schools, local governments and emergency responders, and full resource management (HR, EQ, and Financial).

To get started and apply for the COVID19Tracker™ please visit: https://www.covid247.org/.


Source: COVID19Tracker™

The City of Austin Announces Cancellation of SXSW 2020 March Events Due to the Coronavirus

Even though there were concerns and petitions to cancel the SXSW 2020 Conference and Festival due to the massive spread of the coronavirus as of this morning it was still on surprisingly! Announced today, March 6th and just one week before the infamous SXSW Conference and Festival, the City of Austin have canceled the March dates for SXSW and SXSW EDU. SXSW has stated today that they will faithfully follow the City’s directions.

Below Is The Full Statement From SXSW To Attendees, Artists, Companies, and Volunteers:

“We are devastated to share this news with you. “The show must go on” is in our DNA, and this is the first time in 34 years that the March event will not take place. We are now working through the ramifications of this unprecedented situation.

As recently as Wednesday, Austin Public Health stated that “there’s no evidence that closing SXSW or any other gatherings will make the community safer.” However, this situation evolved rapidly, and we honor and respect the City of Austin’s decision. We are committed to do our part to help protect our staff, attendees, and fellow Austinites.

We are exploring options to reschedule the event and are working to provide a virtual SXSW online experience as soon as possible for 2020 participants, starting with SXSW EDU. For our registrants, clients, and participants we will be in touch as soon as possible and will publish an FAQ.

We understand the gravity of the situation for all the creatives who utilize SXSW to accelerate their careers; for the global businesses; and for Austin and the hundreds of small businesses – venues, theatres, vendors, production companies, service industry staff, and other partners that rely so heavily on the increased business that SXSW attracts.

We will continue to work hard to bring you the unique events you love. Though it’s true that our March 2020 event will no longer take place in the way that we intended, we continue to strive toward our purpose – helping creative people achieve their goals.”

We at Hi-Tech Chic are bummed that the SXSW conference and festival is canceled since we are located in Austin but we understand the major health and safety concern.

To learn more about SXSW please visit: www.sxsw.com.

Source: SXSW

The Coronavirus Tracking App

With the rate of those infected with the coronavirus rapidly growing the Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced on today that the coronavirus has been declared a public health emergency in the U.S. Per the announcement, starting February 2nd at 5 p.m., U.S. citizens returning from Hubei province will be subject to a 14-day quarantine. Also, other Americans who traveled elsewhere in China will be instructed to self-monitor for possible symptoms.

If you are traveling throughout China or recently traveled and worried about the coronavirus there is an app created by two French ex-pats currently living in Taiwan. The coronavirus app, located here https://coronavirus.app/, is a searchable interactive app that shows real-time updates on the infectious virus. The coronavirus app pulls data from the WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other resources. The information within the app matches up with the tracking dashboard created by Johns Hopkins researchers using CDC and WHO data, indicating that the app is reliable.

On the home page, you will find a global map with the number of current deaths, those infected, those recovered and the current fatality rate from the virus. You can drag through the map to different regions and zoom in or out as well.

You can also search regions effected, look at charts and coronavirus stories on the site. Users can also add an infected region on the site.

To download the app or learn more please visit: https://coronavirus.app/.

About Coronavirus:

Coronaviruses are categorized by a group of viruses that can cause a range of symptoms including a runny nose, cough, sore throat and fever. Some are mild, such as the common cold, while others are more likely to lead to pneumonia and typically spread through direct contact with an infected person.*


Source: https://coronavirus.app/, NBC*, CDC, WHO