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Reimagining Early Warning Systems


Submission: September 23, 2020 - January 8, 2021
Expert Review: January 8, 2021
Voting Period: January 8, 2021 - January 22, 2021
Completed: February 5, 2021

Key Issues 

Some areas of opportunity to consider are:

Review Criteria

Subject matter experts will evaluate the solutions submitted to the challenge to identify possible promising ideas. Sometimes there is one who stands above the rest, and sometimes there are two to three. This is not a typical challenge where there are winners and losers. We are hoping to build a much more inclusive and collaborative platform to encourage others to cross-pollinate ideas and work together. 

Challenge Incentives

Expert Choice Solution

There may be some novel and promising solutions that will emerge. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and experts, MIT Pandemic Response CoLab is proud to present the following incentives to the top contributions as identified by the experts:

Personal mentorship (minimum three months)

Free ticket to attend Curious2021 Future Insight Conference, hosted by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

A spot at the 2021 Innovation Cup*, hosted by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

*Applicants must be postgraduate students in the life sciences working towards a PhD in biology, medicine, biotech, bioinformatics, computer science, data science, biochemistry, chemistry, pharmacy, engineering or related fields. Postdoctoral students, advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical business and a background in life sciences are also welcome. This program is not open to healthcare professionals.