Entries are invited for the MIT Solve – The Trinity Challenge 2021.
COVID-19 forced humanity to confront the devastating costs that health emergencies inflict on the world. Despite warnings from scientists, our global community was not prepared for the health, economic, and social consequences of this latest public health crisis. The world’s varied reaction further exposed the dangers of siloed management and incomplete information.
While exceptional efforts to develop vaccines and treatments offer hope for ending the current pandemic, there remains immense potential to learn from our mistakes and better prepare for future health emergencies. Powerful new developments in data, advanced analytics, and digital tools offer the opportunity to take decisive action against health threats at lower cost and with greater efficiency. The scaled use of such digital tools – in a transparent, interoperable, and secure manner – are solutions to properly identify, respond to, and recover from health emergencies.
We need bold thinking, meaningful collaboration, and committed action to better prepare for the next global health emergency. The Trinity Challenge seeks solutions that use data and analytics to better:
- Identify: determine and limit diseases and the risks they pose to communities
- Respond: decrease transmission and spread by identifying measures that are effective, equitable, and affordable
- Recover: improve the resilience of health and economic systems, and address the disproportionate impacts of outbreaks and pandemics, particularly on vulnerable groups
Solutions might respond to the Challenge by:
- Enabling public health professionals to predict outbreaks through early warning systems
- Supporting governments and multilateral organizations to coordinate evidence-based rapid response plans to the health, social, and economic impacts of health emergencies
- Empowering individuals to avoid exposure and lessen transmission
- Countering misinformation and convey accurate and trusted messages to the public
- Building supply chain visibility and streamline flows of medical products, especially to disconnected communities
- Facilitating multidisciplinary coordination among practitioners and academics working on the economic, behavioral, and emotional implications of global health emergencies
The Trinity Challenge welcomes submissions from anyone, anywhere in the world. In addition to offering prize funding, The Trinity Challenge will aim to support winning solutions by enabling collaborations with its Members.
While submissions are welcome from anyone, the following eligibility criteria must be met in order to receive prize funding.
Prize funding is available to any of the following entities:
- Individuals or groups of individuals, provided that they will create or appoint a legally registered organisation in its home jurisdiction with a bank account to receive prize funding. No funds will be paid directly to individuals.
- Organisations, in any form, that are legally registered in their home jurisdiction with a bank account registered to that organisation.
- A consortium of the above, provided that a lead organisation or individual is identified.
The Trinity Challenge may require that a solution appoints a fiscal sponsor to receive and administer any award funds on their behalf.
The Challenge’s inaugural round will comprise a total Prize Fund of up to £10M. Across the Challenge Areas (Identify, Respond, Recover), The Trinity Challenge seeks to identify a transformative solution to win a grand prize award of up to £2M. The remaining funds will be allocated to further winning submissions, for up to £1M per solution. At least one award per Challenge Area is expected.
Solutions will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Alignment: Solution uses data, digital tools and/or analytics to identify, respond to, or recover from health emergencies.
- Potential for Impact: Solution has a reasonable and measurable plan to prevent, mitigate, or promote recovery from a health emergency, particularly for vulnerable populations. The solution also provides a public good.
- Feasibility: Solution implementation is feasible, and the team has a reasonable plan for operational sustainability and measurable results that can be proven to work.
- Innovative Approach: Solution includes a new technology or a new application of technology; a business/policy model, process, or cross-sectorial approach that relies on technology to be successful.
- Scalability: Solution can be equitably scaled to improve the lives of more people, across geographical, sociocultural, or sectorial borders.
How to Apply?
Interested applicants can register for the challenge through this link.
For more details, click the link below.