A Design response to India’s apocalyptic 2nd Covid Wave
A conference for a cause, all proceeds go to charities
Stellar speakers from around the world (and growing)
Sessions, including Lightning talks, panels, 4x4s & Faux-Fireside chats
Days over 2 weekends,
Charities helping distressed families on the ground
In June 2021, creators, makers & designers united to raise
For Charities taking on India’s Covid Crisis
UnitedWay is our collection partner for the campaign, for the beneficiaries above | Website
Every donation makes a difference. And gets you access to an all-star conference.
A min donation of Rs 6750 ($90) provides dry rations to last 30 days for 3 families of 4 people in Rajasthan or Odisha or Andhra. These families traveled to cities to find work. Today, nothing moves. Except Covid stats. Time to end the Covid vs. hunger fight!
Rural India is reeling under COVID. It’s where 75-80% of India’s 1.4 billion people live. They’re gasping. Gasping for daily meals, for medicines, access to beds, an ambulance. And Oxygen. And they don’t tweet. That’s where 90% of this fundraise’s focus is!
It is much more than just “help India breathe”. Migrant laborers without work. Children without parents. Unsold inventory. Piling debt. Crushing interest rates. Broken healthcare. Our donation is for charities balancing saving lives and sustaining families, communities.
Our response to the apocalyptic 2nd wave of covid was a to hurriedly assemble an all-star cast of creators, makers, designers – to raise funds for a few causes. 100% of minimum donation of Rs 6750 ($90) goes to charities. Do good, make a difference and get inspired.
₹ 6750 x 1.25 = 5 days of all-expenses paid hospital stay in the tribal hamlet of Sittilingi, Southern India. ₹ 6750 x 95 = an Oxygent concentrator. ₹ 6750 x 120 = a new covid isolation ward with 15 beds. Your donation does go far!
DesignUp is a community - and one of the things (we think) we do well is conferences (here's a wrap of our 2019 and 2018 conferences). Doing a virtual conference was strictly off our agenda, but a crisis of this scale (India's 2nd wave of Covid) forced us back!
Over 2 extended weekends from June 10-20th, we will be gathering some of the most inspiring Design, Product makers, creators, doers and thought-leaders to share their knowledge, learning and show their support.
The apocalyptic 2nd wave of covid in India is likely to take weeks to months, to peak and subside. Given the size of the country, different states will go through different phases, timelines. The aftermath of the 2nd wave will be economically devastating for many communities and India's rural belts - apart from loss of lives. The tragedy of this scale needs all resources and hands on deck - and we need to prepare for a 3rd wave.
We can partner for sure. We welcome a partnership - though it is not very efficient financially (taxes etc). In the present circumstances it's still a great way of routing the money to a lot of charities who need it, and are often missed out. Many of these charities do not also have the complex regulatory clearances to take foreign money or the tech finesse. So despite the inefficiencies a sizeable chunk makes it to charities. Since this isn't a typical conference - we're not calling for sponsors!
You're not buying a ticket. You're donating - and in lieu of which, you'll have a conference pass. That's to say - you're making a non-refundable donation that's helping someone!
We're on a tight tight timeline - overwhelmed by the support of the creative+maker community. But we're working to juggle a lot of availabilities and time zones. So you might get it a few days before the online event starts!
UnitedWay is an international charity and we're partnering with their local Bangalore Chapter. UnitedWay (UW) is our collection partner - which means that they'll recieve money and make payments to charities. If some charities meet their commitment or if we add new charities - it'sll be easier to change and faster to route through UW. Also, UW vets and verifies charities. UW will also send the 80G form to Indian citizens who request it.
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