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Challenge:

Tracking Coronavirus

This Challenge is

OPEN

Tracking Coronavirus

Key Dates

Registration Opens

April 27, 2020

Challenge Begins

May 8, 2020

Registration Closes

June 12, 2020

Solutions Due By

June 19, 2020

Virtual Presentation

July 16 or 17, 2020

Winners Announced

August 2020

Join the Fight Against Coronavirus

Coronavirus research has been slow despite severe outbreaks of SARS-CoV (SARS, 2003) and MERS-CoV (MERS, 2012). The 2019 SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) has been more widespread with positive cases in 6 continents and over 150,000 deaths - orders of magnitude higher than SARS and MERS combined.1 Scientists and researchers in various sectors are racing to develop treatments and a vaccine while also investigating fundamental questions about the virus such as the seasonality, full range of symptoms, true fatality rate, viral latency, dose response curve of the viral load, long-term immunity, mutation rate etc.

The combination of transmission rate (Ro), case fatality rate and asymptomatic transmission has provided preliminary understanding of the spread.2 However, the variance of these relative values due to factors such as population density and underlying comorbidities has made it difficult to predict the next hot spots with accuracy. The lack of Syndromic Surveillance for Coronaviruses has grossly exposed the global and local preparedness for pandemics making us vulnerable as well as putting extreme stress on our government, healthcare facilities, medical supply demands and economies.3

The Challenge

Participants will be asked to design a syndromic surveillance network to better understand the current pandemic and/or prevent future Coronavirus outbreaks.

Resources as well as open datasets will be provided to guide you through your solution design process. Solutions can be presented in the form of a PowerPoint presentation or a written summary and will need to be accompanied by a one page executive summary.


Team Registration Fees

Academy Members - $20.00
Non-Members - $50.00

Register Now


The team registration fee covers one (1) team lead and up to five (5) additional team members.
For non-members: The first fifty (50) teams to register will receive a complimentary Student Membership to the New York Academy of Sciences and are eligible to register at the member price! Please Note: Anyone that already has an active Membership will not receive an extension.



How It Works

This six (6) week innovation challenge is open to individuals 18 years of age or over. The Challenge is a great capacity-building opportunity, especially for students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral degrees. Participants can work independently or  form teams of up to 6 individuals. For team registration, please identify a team lead to complete the online registration and pay the team registration fee. Team leads will be asked to identify the names and emails of team members during the registration process (if applicable).

Once you've completed your team registration, team members will be invited to join Launchpad, an online collaboration platform where teams can connect with experts and work together to prepare their solutions. Additionally, participants will have access to a series of curated resources and expert AMA (Ask Me Anything) sessions.

The challenge begins on May 8, 2020, when the official challenge statement is released. To participate and have access to the challenge question, you must first register your team!

Solutions are due by June 19, 2020. After a first round evaluation, ten (10) finalists will be selected to present their solutions during a virtual "Pitch Day" to the judging panel on July 16 or 17, 2020. This event will be open to the Academy member network, including hiring managers from select corporate partners. One winning team will be selected and awarded a grand prize of $5,000.


1 World Health Organization. https://covid19.who.int/
2 Nature Medicine (2020). https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-020-0822-7
3 Center for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/nssp/overview.html

Tracking Coronavirus

Key Dates

Registration Opens

April 27, 2020

Challenge Begins

May 8, 2020

Registration Closes

June 12, 2020

Solutions Due By

June 19, 2020

Virtual Presentation

July 16 or 17, 2020

Winners Announced

August 2020

Grand Prize

  • $5,000 to be shared between team members
  • A digital badge and certificate indicating completion and placement in the challenge
  • Complimentary registration for up to two (2) Academy virtual programs (e.g. Webinars, Livestreams) of your choosing from July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. The complimentary registrations will be honored for virtual events of up to one (1) full day in duration. For a calendar of upcoming Academy virtual events, click here.

Ten (10) Finalists

  • A digital badge and certificate indicating completion and placement in the challenge
  • Complimentary registration for up to two (2) Academy virtual programs (e.g. Webinars, Livestreams) of your choosing from July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. The complimentary registrations will be honored for virtual events of up to one (1) full day in duration. For a calendar of upcoming Academy virtual events, click here.

Key Dates

Registration Opens

April 27, 2020

Challenge Begins

May 8, 2020

Registration Closes

June 12, 2020

Solutions Due By

June 19, 2020

Virtual Presentation

July 16 or 17, 2020

Winners Announced

August 2020

Challenge Rules


Individuals must acknowledge that they have read the official challenge rules before completing the registration 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 over the age of eighteen (18) as of May 8th, 2020 12:01 AM Eastern Time (ET) to be eligible to participate in the Challenge.
  • The Challenge commences on May 8th, 2020 at 12:01 AM ET and ends on June 19th, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET for a total duration of six (6) 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 May 8, 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.
Tracking Coronavirus

Key Dates

Registration Opens

April 27, 2020

Challenge Begins

May 8, 2020

Registration Closes

June 12, 2020

Solutions Due By

June 19, 2020

Virtual Presentation

July 16 or 17, 2020

Winners Announced

August 2020

Eligibility

+ What are the age requirements?

You must be 18 years of age or older when the Challenge begins on May 8th, 2020 to be eligible to participate.

+ Does participation cost anything?

A registration fee will be collected upon signing up for the challenge. Team Leads who are not members of the New York Academy of Sciences will be required to pay a $50.00 registration fee. Team Leads who are members of the New York Academy of Sciences will be required to pay a $20.00 registration fee. The fee covers individuals working alone or participation for up to five (5) additional team members.

+ How do I become a Member of the New York Academy of Sciences or renew by Membership?

Participants who are interested in registering at the Member price can join or renew today!

+ 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 May 8, 2020.

+ When will the winner be announced?

The Finalists will be announced in June 2020 and Winners will be announced in August 2020.

Prizes

+ What are the prizes?

Prizes for Winners and Finalists are listed on the registration page.

Launchpad

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

The Challenge opens on May 8, 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