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Innovation Challenge:

Combating COVID-19

This Challenge is

CLOSED

Combating COVID-19

Key Dates

Registration Opens

March 18, 2020

Challenge Begins

March 25, 2020

Solutions Due By

May 6, 2020

Winners Announced

June 2020

Join the Fight Against COVID-19


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.

Key Dates

Registration Opens

March 18, 2020

Challenge Begins

March 25, 2020

Solutions Due By

May 6, 2020

Winners Announced

June 2020

Grand Prize

  • Each member of the winning team will receive a $500 travel scholarship to attend the Global STEM Alliance Summit at the New York Academy of Sciences.
  • Automatic acceptance into The Junior Academy of the New York Academy of Sciences in Fall 2020
  • Members of the grand prize team will become Young Members of the New York Academy of Sciences, which entitles them to free access to selected Academy content, a digital Membership Certificate, which is shareable on social media, and a complimentary year of full Academy Membership when they turn 18.

Finalists

  • Automatic acceptance into The Junior Academy of the New York Academy of Sciences in Fall 2020
  • Members of the finalist teams will become Young Members of the New York Academy of Sciences, which entitles them to free access to selected Academy content, a digital Membership Certificate, which is shareable on social media, and a complimentary year of full Academy Membership when they turn 18.

Key Dates

Registration Opens

March 18, 2020

Challenge Begins

March 25, 2020

Solutions Due By

May 6, 2020

Winners Announced

June 2020

Challenge Rules

Individuals must acknowledge that they have read the official challenge rules before completing the signup process.

  • The Challenge is open and offered to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia and participants from all countries except those subject to U.S. sanctions
  • Individuals must be between the ages of 13 and 17 as of March 25th, 2020 12:01 AM Eastern Time (ET) to be eligible to participate in the Challenge.
  • The Challenge commences on March 25, 2020 at 12:00 AM ET and ends on May 6th, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET for a total duration of six weeks.
  • All materials, communication, and solutions used, distributed and submitted in the Challenge should be in English.
  • Eligible participants must set up a valid account on Launchpad and agree to the Terms of Use and IP Policy.
  • Eligible participants can work individually or in teams. Each team may contain up to six members.
  • The challenge statement containing the detailed challenge question and judging criteria will be made available on Launchpad on March 25, 2020.
  • By submitting a solution, participants agree to all of the submission requirements, including confidentiality, selection and reviewing process.
  • Prizes will be awarded in accordance with U.S. law which may restrict or prohibit awards to teams and members within countries subject to U.S. sanctions.

Key Dates

Registration Opens

March 18, 2020

Challenge Begins

March 25, 2020

Solutions Due By

May 6, 2020

Winners Announced

June 2020

Eligibility

+ What are the age requirements?

You must be between the ages of 13 and 17 when the Challenge begins on March 25, 2020 to be eligible to participate.

+ Do I need permission from my parents to participate?

Yes! Parents are required to acknowledge your participation by signing the Parental Consent Form, which will be sent to them via email after you complete the sign up form.

+ Does participation cost anything?

No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter, participate in, or win the challenge. The purchase of any good or service will not increase a participant's chance of winning the challenge.

+ Do I need to travel anywhere to participate in the challenge?

No travel is necessary to participate. The Challenge takes place virtually and all communication can be done through Launchpad.

Judging

+ Who are the judges?

Find more information about the judging panel in the Judges section of the Overview tab. More judges will be announced soon.

+ How are the solutions scored?

Solutions will be scored by a panel of experts based on judging criteria outlined in the official challenge statement to be released on March 25, 2020.

+ When will the winner be announced?

The winner and finalists will be announced in June, 2020.

Prizes

+ What are the prizes?

The winner will receive a $500 travel scholarship to attend the 2020 Global STEM Alliance Summit at the New York Academy of Sciences. Winners and finalists will automatically be admitted into The Junior Academy in Fall 2020 and become the Young Members to the Academy.

Launchpad

+ Where do I find the challenge question and judging criteria?

The Challenge opens on March 25, 2020 at which point the detailed challenge question and judging criteria will be posted on Launchpad.

+ How do I create an account on Launchpad?

Individuals who sign up for the Challenge will receive an email invitation to join Launchpad before the Challenge begins. If you haven’t done so yet, sign up for the Challenge now!

You can learn more about Launchpad’s functionality in its Resources section.

Communication & Support

+ English is not my first language and I would like to communicate with my team members in my native language. Is that allowed?

No. In order to preserve transparency and ensure all participants respect our online Code of Conduct, we require that all communication on Launchpad be in English.

+ How do I communicate with my team?

Once part of a team, you will have a project page including a private Team Space on Launchpad where you can communicate with team members. You can also use Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts for online meetings.

+ Do I get a mentor?

Teams do not get designated mentors in this challenge but you will have the opportunity to ask questions to experts that are available on Launchpad by using the ‘People’ page to search and message experts.

+ I have more questions about the Challenge, who can I contact?

For more information about the Challenge, please email us at COVID19Challenge@nyas.org