Reimagining face coverings and PPE
Submission: Now until September 21, 2020
Expert Review: September 21, 2020-October 1, 2020
Voting Period: October 1, 2020-October 15, 2020
Completed: October 16, 2020
Some areas of opportunity to consider are:
How we could innovate mask design to be disability-accessible.
How we could influence social behaviors around masks and reduce stigma.
How we could use new materials to make masks easier to wear while exercising.
How we could retain the functionality of masks, but without it looking like a mask.
How we could deal with sensing infection even when someone is asymptomatic.
How biosensors could be helpful in alerting to contamination.
How material innovation in masks can be used to remove nanoparticles.
How we would extend the life of masks by sensing functionality failures.
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.
There may be some novel and promising solutions that will emerge and those will receive the following:
1) Visibility in the form of an announcement by MIT Pandemic Response CoLab on MIT News;
2) A badge for their social media platforms and Pandemic Response CoLab that shows they were selected as a “Most Promising Solution” by experts;
3) 2 45-minute calls with challenge experts.
A community choice solution is one that receives the most votes during a public voting period. They will receive the following:
1) A badge for their social media platforms and Pandemic Response CoLab that shows they were selected as a “Community Choice Solution”.