Combating COVID-19 Challenge – New York Academy of Sciences

COVID-19 Challenge

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the recent outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) a pandemic, spanning 112 countries and infecting over 150,000 people.

As scientists and public health experts rush to find solutions to contain the spread, much still remains unknown about COVID-19.

As the world races to contain the virus, existing and emerging technologies are proving to be valuable. In fact, governments and health care facilities have increasingly turned to technology to help manage the outbreak.

In China, where the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported, the government has launched several initiatives to integrate artificial intelligence (AI) and data science into the healthcare system to track and contain the outbreak.

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has sparked alarm worldwide. Many countries are grappling with the rise in confirmed cases.

It is urgent and crucial for us to discover ways to use technology to contain the outbreak and manage future public health emergencies.

The Challenge

In this six (6) week innovation challenge students ages 13-17 from around the world will have the opportunity to form virtual teams to develop technology-based solutions to slow the spread of COVID-19.

How It Works

The challenge begins on Wednesday, March 25th, 2020, when the challenge statement is released. To participate and have access to the challenge question, you must first sign up!

Once signed up, participants will be invited to join Launchpad, an online collaboration platform where participants from around the world can form teams and work together to design and present ideas that can be deployed in response to COVID-19. Learn more about Launchpad and our past innovation challenges.

During the six-week challenge, participants will have access to a series of curated learning resources and expert AMA sessions that aim to prepare and inspire solvers. Participants will also have the opportunity to connect with experts that are available on Launchpad.

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