In many companies in China, tech workers are required to work from 9am to 9pm, 6 days a week. This overwork culture leads to some workers ending up in the hospital, in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). 996.ICU is a movement set up in March 2019 to signal the growing discontent about this system. The project page on GitHub, the world’s most popular open-source code-sharing website, lists the tech companies that do and do not use a 996 work schedule. It also enables software programmers to implement the anti-996 license in their code. This means that any company using the software has to comply with a 955 work schedule and pay their employees for overtime.
996.ICU is an online movement against overwork in the tech sector in China, created as a website and GitHub repository in March 2019. The title refers to how developers who work under the common 996 system – from 9am to 9pm, 6 days a week – risk poor health and a possible stay in an intensive care unit. The movement's slogan is 'developers' lives matter'.