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Assemble a team and join the fight against COVID-19 with guidance from Johns Hopkins CBID, Medicine, Public Health, and other partners.

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We sincerely apologize for having to close registrations early. We underestimated the number of applications we would receive and for that we are truly sorry.  However, MIT is hosting a similar challenge and is accepting applications here

**DUE TO VOLUME OF PARTICIPANTS, REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSING ON TUESDAY, MARCH 24TH AT 3 PM EDT**

The Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design (CBID) is inviting teams to apply to compete in a five-day, student-run, entirely online design challenge. Join us to develop innovative solutions to the problems posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants can be university students, faculty, and affiliates who register through this site and agree to the competition rules.

This design challenge is open to teams all over the world. Over the course of the event, teams will work on urgent problems and challenges that have been identified and validated by subject matter experts. Solutions to these problems have the potential for timely impact in the fight against COVID-19.

Each team will have access to lectures and Q&A sessions with experts on the disease as well as the design process. They will also be joined by Innovation Mentors who will provide mentorship and help teams follow an effective design process and think through solutions.

Judges will be experienced experts and health care solution developers who can provide guidance on resources and connections to further develop the top ideas. Teams presenting the best ideas will be invited to work with CBID to secure resources and contacts to further develop their concept. Monetary prizes may be awarded based on funding but the spirit of the competition is to contribute to the global war against COVID-19.

Teams can chose to work in one of the following themes:

  1. Supporting and protecting front-line healthcare staff and their families.
  2. Equipping people with accurate information so they can make informed decisions.
  3. Minimizing transmission of the coronavirus in homes and communities.
  4. Addressing shortages of critical health care equipment.
  5. Designing solutions that can work in low and middle income countries around the world.

We are currently working alongside experts from the Jhpiego, UC San Francisco, and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL).

Participants:

We are asking for pre-formed teams of 3 - 6 people to register together. Each team member is required to have an affiliation with a university and an .edu or student email address. Ideal teams will have diverse skill sets (engineering, public health, industrial design/human factors, materials science, rapid prototyping, software). The number of participants is limited. After registration, organizers will select teams for participation based on space availability and team characteristics.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications will close Tuesday, March 24th at 3PM EDT. Acceptances to the design challenge will be limited. Applicants will be made aware of their application status by 11:59 PM EDT Tuesday, March 24th.

Upon acceptance, teams will be given a Team Number, access to a Team Zoom Room for meetings and discussions, and a Google Drive Team Folder for shared teamwork. This folder will be pre-populated with forms and tools useful in the design process, as well as access to a read-only General Resource Folder.

Schedule of Event:

Thursday, March 26th: 5-8 PM EDT - Live kick-off

  • Organizing team and partners introduced
  • Teams given an overview of the process and schedule
  • Recorded and live short talks by experts

Friday, March 27: All day - Learn and select your target need

  • Expert information sessions, some recorded, some live
  • Teams list many possible specific needs they might work on within the overall themes of the event
  • Through discussions as teams and with your Innovation Mentors, each team will select a specific need

Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29: All day - Refine your understanding and solution

  • Full day of design
  • Mentors will check-in with teams
  • Experts available for questions

Monday, March 30: Morning - Finalize solution concepts, prepare executive summary and pitch deck

  • Teams submit executive summary and pitch deck by Noon EDT
  • Judges will review submissions and select finalists to present

Monday, March 30: 7-9pm EDT - Presentations and Awards!

  • Finalists present their Pitch Deck and answer questions from judges, mentors, and participants
  • Top team awards announced!
  • Closing Statements live at 8PM EDT

After the conclusion of the challenge, Hopkins CBID students and mentors will work with teams to deploy their solutions.

Where:

All design challenge activities will take place virtually through teleconferencing. Teams will be given access to a Zoom room to meet as necessary. There will be some live Zoom sessions throughout the event which we strongly encourage all participants to attend. These live sessions will be recorded and made available for later viewing.

Ground Rules:

The organizers aim to see effective solutions reach the hands of people as quickly as possible. For that reason, in registering for this event, you agree that all of the concepts and ideas you share in this event will be available to the public for you or others to develop and use. Participant are responsible for ensuring compliance with regulations of their respective organizations.

This event is open to university students, faculty, and affiliates globally.

Participants must use provided resources responsibly. We reserve the right to look at your materials and remove content for any reason.

Misconduct will not be tolerated. We reserve the right to remove members of teams or teams as whole for any reason.

FAQ:

Why can't I sign up as an individual? We believe that the virtual format of the design challenge makes it very hard to work productively with a team that you have not worked with before.

I'm in high school - can I sign up? We wish we could accept high school teams but,given our limited capacity, we cannot accept high school teams at this time.

How will my team prototype? We understand the difficulties involved with this format of design challenge - we are working with Applied Physics Laboratory to see if we can build prototypes for teams.

Contact:

If you are interested in joining as a subject matter expert or in sponsoring/partnering with us on this event, email us at expertpanel@jhucovid19challenge.org!

For further questions, please contact compete@jhucovid19challenge.org or visit jhucovid19challenge.org

Resources:

Imperial College Response to COVID-19

  • https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/medicine/sph/ide/gida-fellowships/Imperial-College-COVID19-NPI-modelling-16-03-2020.pdf

Collections of Resources:

  • https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus
  • https://emcrit.org/ibcc/covid19/#biology Many links on all aspects of disease, explainers

Collection of Needs, Resources, from a Group of Academics including UCSF

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-71FJTmI1Q1kjSDLP0EegMERjg_0kk_7UfaRE4r66Mg/preview?fbclid=IwAR2iIiLFOiV_442olUKGyXniJ_mxjtuVwxdEXj3kQpg_b6bA2PmIr_HxI3A

Feed of Johns Hopkins University and Medicine accounts to follow for expert input on novel coronavirus.

  • https://twitter.com/i/lists/1235659868565995520

Explainers on the virus and disease:

  • https://youtu.be/BtN-goy9VOY
  • https://youtu.be/okg7uq_HrhQ

Ventilation Explainers:

  • https://youtu.be/gk_Qf-JAL84
  • https://youtu.be/iP_jN1qAPtI

Drug Treatments:

  • https://youtu.be/dT6mHi_8V5E

PPE, Masks:

  • https://youtu.be/quDYb_x54DM

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