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NY assembling COVID-19 tech SWAT teams

New York state is putting together a cadre of SWAT teams to accelerate response to the coronavirus pandemic and is looking for volunteers – not just individuals but also tech companies, universities and research organizations.

Assembled SWAT teams will assist in the state’s coronavirus response for three-month service deployments and address issues in technology, operations, analytics and communications. While membership on the SWAT team is open to any company or technologist regardless of industry, the state is particularly interested in experienced, civic-minded technologists and teams or cohorts of individuals from a single institution.

The state wants help with application and web development, data science and analytics,  digital content strategy and multimedia as well as end-point management and end-user support. Volunteers can offer their time (up to 40 hours/week), expertise building platforms or in-kind hardware and software.

The volunteers would work remotely, but preference will be given to those in the Eastern and Central U.S. time zones. This SWAT team opportunity would be, at minimum, a 90-day volunteer commitment with the opportunity to extend it as the response effort evolves, officials said.

Those interested can fill out this form.

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