Who are we?
The CovidConnectNI.com website is managed by Belfast City Council’s City Innovation Team as part of our Smart Belfast programme.
‘Smart Belfast’ is about finding better ways for the city’s innovators – our universities, businesses, policymakers, start-ups, and community activists – to collaborate on innovative solutions for the benefit of all our citizens.
What is CovidConnectNI.com?
Covid-19 has created a range of challenges for public, community and voluntary sector organisations, with some needing digital support to continue to deliver critical services or manage a Covid-19 project.
Belfast City Council is working with government, our universities, and the community and voluntary sector to support a coordinated contribution by the innovator community to solving Covid-19 challenges across Northern Ireland.
The CovidConnectNI.com website aims to connect organisations and match challenge owners with potential digital solutions. It lists a range of offers and requests for digital support.
The site encourages our local businesses, universities and innovators to use their digital expertise, capacity and resources to help tackle challenges during the Covid-19 crisis. And, where possible, to do so on a pro bono or discounted basis.
Who can register?
I need support
Public agencies, local councils, government departments, community and voluntary organisations and social enterprises based in Northern Ireland that are directly dealing with a Covid-19 challenge and need digital support.
I want to offer support
Companies and organisations that can offer digital innovation support, on a pro bono or discounted basis where possible, to organisations experiencing Covid-19 challenges in Northern Ireland.
What types of support can I post?
CovidConnectNI.com focuses on finding digital solutions for Covid-19 challenges in Northern Ireland.
Examples include data analytics and visualisation, support for remote working and learning, 3D printing, software and database development, contact relationship management, web services, connectivity/telecoms support, project management, and support for social distancing and contact tracing.
For other types of offers/requests for support, you may find these links useful:
• UK Government – call for medical equipment, PPE, logistics and other support
• Volunteer Now – call for volunteers and organisations needing volunteers
• NICVA – support and advice for community and voluntary organisations
• Covid-19 Belfast Community Helpline – food parcel distribution, prescription pick-ups and other support for citizens.
The CovidConnectNI.com website is a BETA version and we are adding additional functionality over the next few weeks.