The current COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything we have faced before as a global community. Responses from governments around the world, combined with the collective spirit of people practicing social isolation in efforts to “flatten the curve,” could help bring us closer to ending the outbreak. However, finding essential updates and data while avoiding misinformation can be a unique challenge in our constantly connected world. This week’s #WebsiteWednesday was created by a developer who wanted to provide a solution to this problem via a single platform: Cov19.xyz.
Cov19.xyz is a coronavirus tracking project created by Martin Pham, the CTO of an Italian digital marketing and web agency with over 12 years of experience in the software industry. Martin is based in one of the countries hit hardest by the COVID-19 outbreak, and the sudden upheaval inspired him to create Cov19.xyz. As he explains, “We’re under nationwide lockdown for 10 days. Our life was changed completely in just 3 weeks. I was trying to get updated information about the outbreak. But I got a lot of fake news, wrong information, and slow-updated data. So I tried to make my own dashboard.”
The Cov19.xyz dashboard Martin developed aims to give a comprehensive snapshot of the current status of COVID-19 on a global scale, including statistics like number of cases and number of recoveries. Martin lists the World Health Organization, the Italian Civil Protection Department, and Johns Hopkins University as examples of the sources he used for the data on Cov19.xyz. Country-specific data sourced by Cov19.xyz shows more details on numbers around the world, and the timeline comparison graph visualizes the sourced data to create an assessment of how far along each country is in leveling off the virus’ impact.
Further statistical information also sourced by Cov19.xyz includes age and sex ratio in confirmed cases and transmission estimates. Data like this can be difficult to interpret, so Cov19.xyz intends to provide it in a way that allows site visitors to visualize it effectively. Creator Martin Pham aims to compile this data in a responsible manner in order to achieve that goal. “I want to update the current situation to everyone, in every country,” Martin says. “And I also want to share trusted information from WHO, universities, and experts to help people protect themselves and their family.”
Staying updated on information about COVID-19 is only part of the battle in curbing its spread worldwide. Cov19.xyz curates information on commonly reported symptoms, incubation period information reported by WHO, Hubei Province local government, and JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association), as well as guides from WHO on how to protect yourself and use a mask.
It’s likely that, by the time you are reading this, your employer acted to adjust daily work routines to accommodate for self-isolation practices and to comply with ordinances that limit interaction with the outside world. Being that Italy was one of the first countries to feel the significant impact COVID-19 has on work-life, Martin has a unique perspective on what it is like to work during the outbreak. His experience may sound familiar to many of our readers, just as it did to many of us here at XYZ. “Here in Italy, many technology companies including us are doing ‘Smart working.’ We encourage working remotely from home for this time, doing meetings via video calls. Especially people with symptoms.”
Some businesses were already running with fully remote workforces, but quarantine efforts are adding additional challenges for all. Still, many are staying positive about the humanitarian side of these drastic measures, like Martin: “Saying it’s good is a lie, but we haven’t faced any big problems yet. The only problem for me is we also have kids at home (schools are closed.) So sometimes my calls get distracted with kids laughing (or even fighting.) Other countries have proven lockdown really reduced infected cases, and therefore decreased pressure to hospitals. In the end, our grandparents had to stay on the fields to fight during the wars, and we just need to stay at home. Of course, we can do it.”
We asked Martin what motivated him to choose a .xyz domain to create his COVID-19 dashboard, and we were inspired by his use of .xyz to echo the goals he has for the platform itself. “I chose .xyz as the first idea since they are the last letters (in the alphabet), meaning it always has the latest information for people. And it’s also a cool extension…”
In challenging times such as these, we’re proud that we can find encouragement and hope from inspiring .xyz community members like Martin. If you would like to show your appreciation to Martin for creating Cov19.xyz, be sure to send him a donation in thanks for his work.
On behalf of the entire XYZ team, we wish you and your loved ones health and safety as we take on COVID-19 together.
Today’s highly competitive global business landscape means companies are often looking for an edge. One key method businesses can use to gain separation from their competitors is by improving talent acquisition and adding development training for their existing workforce. This week’s #WebsiteWednesday offers a robust platform that aims to provide top of the line personal development for companies around the world: ImpactCoaching.xyz.
Founded in 2011 by TTI, ICF, and Association of Coaches certified advisor Barry M George, ImpactCoaching.xyz is a business coaching platform that integrates with an organization’s existing HR platform to deploy a full fleet of personal development programs for their employees. The core teaching principles of ImpactCoaching.xyz are built on Barry’s 30-year career as a veteran in executive leadership for multiple Global 100 companies located in business hubs like the U.S., Taiwan, and Germany. Barry has leveraged the knowledge he gained from his global network of senior executives and industry leaders to create a platform that helps accelerate the personal and professional growth of ImpactCoaching.xyz’s clients.
Through ImpactCoaching.xyz’s service, companies can utilize Barry’s web-based CoachSimple system, which is offered in 109 languages and has adopters in over 130 countries. Once the CoachSimple service is linked with an organization’s HR and leadership departments, the company is assigned qualified coaches that work on an individual level with their employees. This tailored training is made to help each employee unlock their professional goals by training them in areas like teamwork, performance, executive leadership, and career acceleration.
If you’re interested in trying the CoachSimple system for your organization, you can start by simply creating a partnership between your current HR platform and ImpactCoaching.xyz. This integration will allow you to access assessments which deconstruct personality types, then utilize the job benchmarking tool to create a profile of the ideal personality type you should be searching for when evaluating candidates to join your team. Your organization will also gain access to the “People Analytics” tool, which aims to help managers make hiring decisions based on factors like management and communication style, level of need for recognition, and even trustability.
ImpactCoaching.xyz also promotes its service as a way to help companies train current employees. Their executive leadership training is made to help prepare workers for senior-level positions and career advancement within the company. Their platform’s ability to help design roles for current employees that match their strengths and allow them to flourish could be a benefit to your organization as well.
The comprehensive approach to workforce training and talent evaluation that ImpactCoaching.xyz’s service provides has helped them become a leader in the professional development industry. ImpactCoaching.xyz lists renowned companies like Amazon, Yahoo, Ericsson, and Xterra among its clientele, and has been recognized as a member of the exclusive Forbes Coaches Council.
If you want to try out ImpactCoaching.xyz’s methods for your company, you can contact their team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also stay up to date with them on social media through Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Tumblr.
Throughout our #WebsiteWednesday series in March, we will be taking a look at members of the .xyz community of adopters who have made it their mission to help others continue to learn and grow in their careers. If you’re a web developer or hopeful future dev looking to bolster your skills and add a few new tricks to your arsenal, then you’ll want to take a bite out of our #WebsiteWednesday subject this week: Bytesized.xyz.
Bytesized.xyz seeks to bring a more inclusive approach to developer education online through free informational blog posts, tutorials, and even IRL conferences. The service was founded in 2017 by an experienced dev known in coding circles as @signalnerve (or simply Kristian) who first began sharing his knowledge on coding via his YouTube channel in 2013.
Kristian has since grown his Bytesized.xyz coder education network to include thousands of followers on YouTube and Twitter. 2018 marked the first-ever Byteconf event, a free developer conference series organized under the Bytesized.xyz banner. The event debuted on Twitch to an audience of nearly a thousand viewers worldwide. Byteconf events are now held both in-person and online, and are free for all to attend. Participants simply require a device and an internet connection to take part.
Following the success of Byteconf, Kristian grew the offerings on Bytesized.xyz to include guest posts from other respected coders. Bytesized.xyz’s blog post topics range from programming tool recommendations and reviews to guides for getting started in new languages and even career advice for young devs looking to make their way in the competitive coding industry.
The site also features a weekly newsletter, which covers software development news along with information on upcoming Byteconf events. You can also enter the Bytesized.xyz monthly giveaway, which offers free web dev courses and software to Bytesized.xyz fans and members of the developer community. This month, Bytesized.xyz is giving away a course valued at $180 completely free to one lucky Bytesized.xyz fan.
Whether you are an experienced developer looking to round out your skillset or a relatively new dev looking to bolster your abilities, the Bytesized.xyz community is set up with the aim to help you reach your coding goals. If you’re interested in attending a Byteconf event or would like to get regular news on Bytesized.xyz, be sure to subscribe to their newsletter to stay in the loop.
Once you’ve honed your coding skills with tutorials and advice from Bytesized.xyz and you’re ready to launch your own special project online, follow Kristian’s lead and do it with your own .xyz domain!