We had the pleasure of presenting at the first virtual Tech for Good NZ meetup this week, which covered stories of those using technology to specifically help New Zealanders during COVID-19. ClearPoint has been a long-standing sponsor of Tech for Good NZ and here is what was covered, for those that missed the live event!

SOS Business – David Downs

David Downs developed the SOS Café, a platform for cafes and restaurants to sell gift cards for Kiwi’s local outlets. People can buy vouchers in advance for goods from the cafe or restaurant and then redeem them when they re-open from lockdown. By purchasing vouchers or donating it helps businesses to stay afloat during this tough time. Using MyShopify in the backend, SOS Café had 2000 vendors sign up in four weeks, with $750,000 revenue already received. The funds automatically go directly to the business.

To find out more about the amazing work SOS Café is doing check out their blog and buy vouchers here.

COVID-19 Govt.NZ WhatsApp Solution – Paul Scott, ClearPoint

Paul Scott from ClearPoint explained how the Govt.Nz COVID-19 WhatsApp chatbot solution was built in record time. The vision was to leverage what had been already done for the WHO’s WhatsApp channel which has over 20million users, to bring critical information about COVID-19 to New Zealanders. The aim is to take pressure off HealthLine which was experiencing a significant number of calls each day.

WhatsApp is the only mainstream messaging platform that is end-to-end encrypted, which was key for phase 2, where people would be sharing personal medical information in a 2-way interactive approach called a “Daily Health Check”. 

Paul announced the soft launch for “Daily Health Check” , a new feature, and it will be launched soon. As part of that release, the progress of the virus can be mapped, which is based off data on how people are feeling. It will enable early intervention and contact tracing.

Paul’s presentation slides

HelpTank – Jo Turner

Jo Turner from HelpTank explained how, through their platform, they match professional experts with businesses and individuals needing business advice during COVID-19. It matches talented professionals to transfer knowledge and support for businesses in need of help. 

Support can range from answering questions about government and bank support packages, helping set up audio-visual technology for those now working from home, to being a business mentor or supporting others with mental health and well-being.

“If we all work to help one another, even if it’s from our own homes sitting in our track pants, we can make a real difference during an incredibly tough time”.

See the full presentations below.