Collective Global Impact

Makers, crafters, and retooled manufacturers across the world stepped up to fight COVID-19 medical supply shortages by producing supplies for healthcare and essential workers and their communities. OSMS teamed up with Nation of Makers to survey these global efforts and tell the story of how citizens responded to the crisis.

Download the Impact Report

OSMS and Nation of Makers produced an in-depth report on the open source maker and manufacturer response to the COVID-19 PPE crisis, DESIGN | MAKE | PROTECT. Download your copy now.

Watch our Presentation on Report Findings and download the presentation slides from Thursday, January 28.

Understand what shaped and influenced the open source response to the 2020 COVID-19 medical supply shortages: why it happened, who responded, what got made, where it went—as well as what worked and what could work better next time. Download DESIGN | MAKE | PROTECT.

48.3+ Million

Units of Medical Supplies Delivered

$271 Million

Worth of Supplies Manufactured


Citizen Responders


Individuals & Groups Tracked


Countries with Local Response Efforts

This is a kick-ass piece of work that can help our spaces and communities show and prove the impact that we as a world/nation-wide maker community had on responding to the pandemic. Go read this report – it is just stunning.
-Todd Thomas, Tinker Bristol

These supplies were distributed to healthcare workers, essential workers, and others within local communities when the medical supply chain failed and couldn’t keep up with global demand for PPE and other medical supplies.

These production efforts coordinated and shared open source information digitally, and produced supplies locally across the world.

Data Collection Methods

OSMS held an informal public weekly tally from March to August of 2020, in which it surveyed members of its Facebook group of 72,000 people from across the globe (see example). Data publicly submitted by over 300 response groups was vetted by our staff before being included in this dataset.

OSMS and Nation of Makers (NOM) then teamed up to create and release a Community Impact Survey to more-fully understand the technologies used, activity status of the groups, and partnerships that were built as part of supply production and distribution. We also have incorporated response data from a parallel Fab Foundation survey of its global network of FabLabs. In January 2021, we released a full data analysis in our report, Design | Make | Protect. Download it above.

Metropolitan Hospital, NYD, 9th Fl ICU, Suzette Cook meant the world and literally, in some cases, probably our lives to have this equipment and protective equipment produced and distributed by this army of volunteers. And…I don’t know that we can ever say thank you enough.

David Rainosek, MD, Associate Medical Director of St. Vincent Rehabilitation Hospital, Arkansas, USA

Read the Report

Study the maker response in detail through our free 97-page report that we published with Nation of Makers.

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