The recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), infecting over 150,000 people worldwide. Global Health officials have warned that this number will continue to rise in the coming weeks. The symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, which can lead to lung lesions and pneumonia. However, given that this is the first time this virus has appeared in humans much remains unknown about COVID-19.
Technology is playing a key role in containing the virus and while it is not the total solution, it’s being seen as a critical component of the larger plan.
Consider the obstacles faced by governments, healthcare providers and/or patients and design a technology-based solution that can be deployed in response to combat COVID-19. The solution can be an improvement of an already existing technology or a new application. Solutions should consider the following:
- Modes and rates of disease transmission
- Known preventative and protective measures against COVID-19
- Lack of vaccine, medication, and treatment for COVID-19
- The public health system, local healthcare infrastructure, access to technology and other relevant contexts
To be qualified for judging, solutions must be submitted by 11:59 PM EDT on May 6th, 2020. All solutions must be posted to a private Team Space on Launchpad in the form of a PDF document. Solutions should include the following:
- Executive Summary (no more than 1 page)
- Solutions can be presented in the form of a brief PowerPoint presentation (no more than 10 slides) and/or a word document (less than 7 pages). The page count does not include cover page or reference pages.
Solutions will be judged on the following criteria:
- Innovation: Is the solution design and approach unique and/or innovative?
- Scientific quality: Are appropriate references, research and analytical methods used in the design? Are the insights derived correctly?
- Potential: Does the solution have the potential to make a difference or show a difference can be made? Does the design clearly outline its current and future applications?
- Sustainability: Does the design accurately address its social and environmental impact? Is the technology scalable?
- Presentation: Is the design, technology, concept, and context concisely and clearly explained?
The Winning Team Will Receive:
- Each member of the winning team will receive a $500 travel scholarship to attend the 2020 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.
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