OurStreets App: COVID-19 Supplies Tracker

Posted on March 25, 2020

Mark Sussman

ELGL member Mark Sussman shared this update on his app’s pivot from a transportation focus, to crowd-sourcing local businesses, economic development, and essential supplies.

Just like street safety, the COVID-19 pandemic impacts us all. This is why we’re leveraging the power and flexibility of OurStreets infrastructure to crowdsource the inventory of essential supplies at retailers across the world to minimize exposure, maximize positive impact of essential trips, and empower policy makers.

Introducing OurStreets Supplies — a community-driven platform for consumers, retailers, and policy makers that helps minimize the spread of COVID-19. 

OurStreets Supplies will be free of charge to everyone — users, retailers and government.

  • Limit risk and provide insights for consumers. We’ll be able to help consumers find the safest places to shop and limit the amount of exposure that occurs when folks look for essential items at the wrong locations.
  • Limit risk for retailers. Minimize contact with customers.
  • Provide Insights. Regulators can use this data to help inform and enforce policies during this time.

OurStreets Supplies will go live in the OurStreets app very soon. The app is simple: an intuitive reporting interface for shoppers and retailers to record inventory of supplies and a map of available supply levels for shoppers and regulators to better understand the supply level of essential goods in their city.

Mockup up OurStreets Supplies app submission

Once we have a critical number of submissions, we’ll be able to display supply availability on a public map and in the OurStreets app


Below are some ways you can help OurStreets Supplies scale quickly. Email Mark@OurStreets.com if you think you can help.

  • Connections to state, regional and local government entities.
  • Connections to mutual aid networks, major nonprofits, and other organizations working on the front lines to organize around the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Connections to major and local retailers.
  • Software engineering resources willing to work at least 20 hours a week for the next 30–90 days. We’re specifically looking for developers with experience in Python, SQL, serverless tech/AWS Lambda, JavaScript, and Reach Native.
  • More downloads and more data. Tell your friends to download OurStreets and enable push notifications. When OurStreets Supplies goes live, we’ll send you a push notification to activate the community. Then, start sending us data about your essentials trips to benefit those in your community.

Please send this message to whomever you think would be helpful and pass along this slide deck.

Please help make OurStreets Supplies a vital resource to help millions of people find the necessary supplies to survive while minimizing the spread of infection and together we will flatten the curve.

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