Even as the world awaits the COVID-19 vaccine, attempts are being made worldwide to create solutions to better tackle the health crisis that the pandemic has unleashed.
To further the cause of innovative, effective, and low-cost solutions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology is empowering several regions, including India, Latin America, and Africa among others with its MIT COVID-19 challenge, a series of hackathons to take action against the pandemic.
48 hours of innovation and problem solving
During the hackathon, the participants will need to form teams by August 28 and reveal their problem statement and pitch their solutions. Following this, the teams will need to develop solutions, including proof of concepts, prototypes, and preliminary vision for execution under the guidance of the mentors.
On August 30, the teams will be expected to present their solution. The winner with the most promising idea will get the opportunity to co-develop and implement the solution.
“A number of solutions born out of these hackathons are being implemented, one such example is wePool, for efficient COVID-19 screening. We look forward to similar success with this event,” said Freddy Nguyen, a postdoctoral fellow at MIT and event organiser.
The institute is aiming for a long-lasting and scalable solution from this hackathon that can be implemented in the country. The success of this edition will also inevitably spur new hackathons in other regions thereby empowering the world to combat the global health crisis.
Apply here for ‘India: Turning the Tide’.
(Edited by Dipti Nair)
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