We are a team of UPenn engineers, alums, and social entrepreneurs who have halted our business operations in order to mass produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for nurses and doctors serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 Crisis. Currently, we're assembling 3,500 face shields / day, with a combination of 3D-printing farm and injection molding mass production of face shields, 24 / 7. HERE'S HOW WE DO IT. Projectshields.org
With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, our hospitals and medical professionals are in desperate need of additional PPE; especially protective face shields. Your financial assistance will allow us to produce the necessary equipment to meet the surge in COVID-19 cases that are expected in the coming weeks and months.
OUR GOAL & USE OF FUNDS
With your financial assistance, we can produce and distribute at least 60,000 face shields anywhere in the United States. Over the next month, we hope to scale and maintain our operations, while applying to city, state, and federal funding sources to help scale this effort, nationally.
All donations are tax deductible and corporate matchable (see below).
What makes this COVID-19 charity effort different? How are you manufacturing the face shields?
We are grateful to have the support of InstaHub's 24/7 automated 3D printing farm and CocoaPress's generous in-kind donations of filament. Both companies have deep expertise in innovative 3D printing. We are 3D printing in sterile conditions with a controlled environment. All processes of production to distribution are handled with gloves and masks to prevent any possible exposure to COVID-19.
Who's on your team?
MICHAEL WONG (Wharton '19) Michael Wong is a Gates Millennium Scholar from Oakland, CA. Since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania at the Wharton School, he launched a clean tech business, InstaHub, to scalably eliminate energy waste with snap-on automation without replacing existing building infrastructure. He is leveraging his automated 3D print farm and is volunteering 7 days a week to help make this possible.
Press: Penn Today | penntoday.upenn.edu/news/after-presidents-innovation-prize-instahub-has-even-more-spark
EVAN WEINSTEIN (Engineering '19) Evan Weinstein is the Founder and CEO of Cocoa Press, a company creating a 3D chocolate printer that allows anyone to create custom artisanal chocolates on demand. Evan is a maker and 3D printing enthusiast. He is supporting this initiative through sourcing materials and with his experience in design for manufacturing.
Press: Penn Today | penntoday.upenn.edu/news/evan-and-chocolate-factory
TIFFANY YAU (College '18 Social Practice & Policy '19) Tiffany Yau is a social entrepreneur who founded Fulphil, which has taught 1,500+ students across the US to create 500+ social impact startup ideas for their local communities from gender non-conforming clothing lines to biodegradable cafeteria trays with seeds in them by the time she graduated from Penn. Thanks to Fulphil, all donations to this campaign will be tax deductible in support of the organization's singular mission to empower youth to impact their local communities.
Press: Forbes | https://www.forbes.com/sites/khaitran/2020/01/16/bringing-entrepreneurship-education-to-students-in-underserved-communities-interview-with-tiffany-yau/#12c236904a69
JOHN GAMBA (College '92) John is serial entrepreneur with a track record for converting innovative ideas into industry transforming ventures. Over the last 20 years, John has served in founding roles of edtech start-ups that were successfully funded, scaled and exited with strong ROI for stakeholders. Currently, John serves as Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) and Director of Innovative Programs at Catalyst @ Penn GSE where he works with entrepreneurs, researchers and practitioners to incubate new EdTech ventures and advance innovation in world-wide education.
Press: Main Line Today | mainlinetoday.com/life-style/this-west-chester-entrepreneur-aims-to-redefine-technologys-role-in-the-classroom/
What can I do to offer additional support?
There are 3 ways you can provide more support!
(1) SHARE. Share our GoFundMe Campaign to help us get the word out on social media!
(2) COMPANY MATCH DONATIONS. Check with your employer to see if they can match your donation (if you donate $20, they will donate $20).
(3) DONATE IN-KIND. If you are able to support with any of the following, please visit our in-kind donation form. https://bit.ly/covid19philly
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Help us protect our front-line workers - all of whom are selflessly risking their lives to protect our families, and our country!
- Sona Narula
- Ryan Lewis
- Marc Grobman
- Kahlil Wardlaw