Virufy: COVID-19 Prediction via Smartphone & AI

Virufy (, a youth-led organization, is developing an app that will allow anyone, anywhere, to assess their risk for COVID-19 in minutes by simply coughing into a smartphone. The app will operate using Artificial Intelligence to analyze cough recordings and can also reduce the burden on healthcare systems around the world by acting as an accessible, non-invasive COVID-19 pre-check tool.

Supported by Stanford University’s COVID-19 Response Innovation Lab, our global Virufy community is composed of students and young professionals from 15 countries and 25 universities, including Stanford, Cornell, UC Berkeley, and Princeton. Our connection to One Young World, a youth social good network with presence in 190+ countries and connected to UN / Prime Ministers, gives us immediate global reach. Finally, we are advised by medical and AI professors, nonprofit and startup coaches, and legal and data privacy experts from around the world.

We are currently rolling out a global crowdsourcing campaign, powered through social media marketing and advertising, along with clinical studies. Collecting robust, diverse COVID-positive cough datasets is necessary for our Virufy AI-powered app to be accessible and equitable. The more data we collect, the faster we can refine our algorithms, and the sooner we can release our app to the public

We need funds more than ever. The below costs have been severely limiting our ability to expand. Your donation, no matter how small or big, will directly help us achieve the below targets: 

Target 1: Data Collection via Crowdsourcing: $20,000

To reach as many diverse people as possible in multiple countries:
- Data collection server, storage, and compute costs
- Social media advertising, Google ads, search engine optimization, short video production
- Development of professional marketing materials

Target 2: Data Collection via Clinical Studies: $25,000

To help support multiple clinical study sites, in partnership with research hospitals, in at least 2 countries:
- Stipends for nurses and research assistants
- Special-use smartphones, WiFi hotspots, data packages, PPE
- Research paper publication and governmental certification costs

Target 3: Operational and Administrative Costs: $1,500

- Software: website plugins, video conferencing, HR tools, team accounts
- Bank account fees, registration costs

If you can't donate, please help spread the word about Virufy by following us on our Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also share the below paragraph with your friends and family on social media, email, or phone call: 

“Hi! I am a proud supporter of Virufy (, a youth-led org that is developing an AI-powered app that will allow anyone, anywhere, to assess their risk for COVID-19 in minutes by simply coughing into a smartphone. In order to refine their app, they are launching a global crowdsourcing campaign to collect cough data. This campaign is costly, so they would really appreciate your donations. Please pitch in and help support their efforts at !” 

Thank you so much for your goodwill and generous support!


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