A Call for Inspirational Stories: Developers Fighting COVID-19
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The world is at a standstill.
Coronavirus quarantines and lockdowns have frozen entire populations, and governments are scrambling to bail out their economies.
But in the midst of all the craziness, something amazing is happening: In thousands of little acts of heroism each day, people are putting others before themselves.
Whether it’s the uncounted number of us self-quarantining at home, donating food, goods, and supplies to those in need, or volunteering where we can, communities are coming together in a way only seen during times of natural disasters — and maybe never before on this scale.
Perhaps more than any other profession, developers have had a unique experience during this time of crisis. With tech firms moving en masse to full-time remote work, including us here at DZone, our community finds itself in a curious situation. Developers are no strangers to remote desktops and cloud computing.
Some industries have to completely uproot and overhaul themselves to allow their employees to work more safely. For tech professionals, it’s Tuesday.
We know that despite everything going on in the world, there are amazing things happening thanks to developers — and we want to highlight your stories on our site.
If you are willing, we would love the opportunity to hear from you about the work you are doing to help others. It can be something you have done to support your organization during this time, it could be a local community volunteer effort you've participated in, or an open source project related to the outbreak — it could be anything at all.
Whatever it is, we want to demonstrate the power developers have to help in this moment. It is our hope that we can share some amazing stories so that we can inspire others who feel lost, make someone feel good who may be sad, and to show the world what our community is made of.
If you are comfortable, please share your story in the comments section below. If it makes you more comfortable, you can also email Mike Gates at email@example.com over the next couple weeks with the words "Developer Coronavirus Story" in the subject line. We plan to write an article, or a series of articles if we get enough stories, in the very near future.
From us here at DZone, thank you so much for everything that you do to make the world a better, more connected place. Who knows what our lives and the world would look like without you.
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