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Do Good Institute Accelerates Innovation During Pandemic


CTIA Wireless Foundation is proud to support our accelerator partners, like the Do Good Institute at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to working closely with our partners and continuing to advance wireless-technology driven social entrepreneurship.

The Do Good Institute provides student social entrepreneurs with workspace, personal and professional development opportunities, coaching, financial support and access to funders and investors. During these challenging times, the Institute is providing assistance and resources to their students, moving programs virtually and increasing their support of student and alumni social entrepreneurs who are providing health related services in the midst of the pandemic.

Do Good Institute student and alumni social entrepreneurs are continuing to innovate and inspire using wireless technology to aid communities around the country. Here are a few notable examples:

  • Chat Health:Chat Health is a SMS-based chatbot helping students communicate with the UMD Health Center. During the current pandemic, students can use Chat Health’s AI chatbot, send a text message, or access Chat Health’s online platform to access health information related to COVID-19.
  • Quillo: Quillo is a mobile app created to support caretakers who work with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With many in the disability community greatly affected by the pandemic, Quillo is creating video resources for caretakers, families and individuals to explain why and how doctor’s offices and hospital visits may be look and feel different right now.
  • Vitalize: Vitalize is a mobile-based intervention that aims to reduce physician burnout, which is especially important during these healthcare-intensive times. Their app will incorporate literature-backed wellness strategies and therapies and present them in an engaging way.

These social entrepreneurs are tackling important issues through wireless. We are excited to see what they produce and proud to have The Do Good Institute as an Accelerator partner.

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