NASA’s Workforce Aids in Fight Against COVID-19

News Image

We work in the world of crowdsourcing, which means we truly believe that collaborating and cooperating is one of the best ways to find solutions.

On April 1, NASA launched an agency-wide call for ideas on its IdeaScale crowdsourcing platform NASA@WORK for how the agency could leverage its expertise and capabilities to help the nation with the unprecedented crisis caused by the COVID pandemic. In just two weeks, 250 ideas were submitted, more than 500 comments were submitted, and more than 4,500 votes were cast.

Those ideas informed a number of different projects in three discrete categories: personal protective equipment, ventilation devices, and the monitoring and forecasting of the spread and impacts of the virus.

The NASA@WORK ideas added value to several projects, including one using NASA’s supercomputing capability to advance research for treatments and a vaccine, as well as offering artificial intelligence expertise to develop new data mining techniques for answering high-priority questions related to COVID-19.

Other ideas have informed efforts that have led to new virus tracking and forecast modeling apps, 3D printed masks and other PPE equipment, impact visualizations, NASA-modified ventilators, sensors for virus detection, and more. Seven of those ideas have already been implemented, but if additional funding is found, more will continue to aid in the battle against COVID-19.

NASA@WORK is an internal, agency-wide platform that provides NASA employees an unconventional and inventive way to share knowledge and advance projects. Under the charge of NASA SOLVE, it is a one-stop-shop for all challenges and competitions related to the agency’s mission, NASA@WORK fosters collaboration across the entire NASA community through interactive discussion and challenge-solving.

“We feel grateful to be working with NASA during times like these,” said Rob Hoehn, CEO of IdeaScale, “We work in the world of crowdsourcing, which means we truly believe that collaborating and cooperating is one of the best ways to find solutions. NASA not only understands how to match promising ideas with associated projects, but they have an abiding faith that their talent pool can solve just about any problem – even those here on earth.”

When commenting on the initiative, Carissa Callini, NASA@WORK program lead said, “At times it seemed as elegant as a space launch. It was exciting to see so many people submit ideas that spanned so many different disciplines and expertise as well as capture the creativity of the NASA workforce.”

Learn more about the inventive ideas created by NASA workforce.

For more information about NASA and NASA@Work, contact Sarah Schlieder at

For more information about IdeaScale, contact: Jessica Day, 800.549.9198,

Share article on social media or email:

Leave a Reply