How you and your company can join the fight against COVID-19

BY NATALIE YORK | 3 min read

For anyone, anywhere.

MIT Health and Security Pandemics Challenge: With over $1 million in prize funding, Solve MIT is seeking innovative tech solutions for two categories: solutions that slow and track the spread of an emerging outbreak, and solutions that focus on preventative and mitigation measures that strengthen access to affordable primary healthcare systems, enhance disease surveillance systems, and improve healthcare supply chains. Submit your solutions by June 18.

IBM 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge: In the face of the global coronavirus pandemic, Call for Code is offering a grand prize of $200,000 USD for coding solutions that provide immediate crisis communication, enhanced remote education, or stronger community cooperation. Teams of up to 5 people are invited to submit solutions until July 31st. Team members must be at least 18 years old.

Farewell Coronavirua Hack-a-thon: A two week hackathon running from March 30th - April 13th that invites competitors to use technology to combat the viral outbreak in two areas:

  1. Drug Discovery - Find a candidate drug with a high binding affinity with the COVID-19 main protease
  2. Virus Combat - Build web-based or mobile apps to help nations cope with the outbreak

Kaggle COVID-19 Forecasting Challenge: Kaggle is launching four 1-week COVID-19 forecasting challenges. The challenges involve utilizing data to forecast confirmed cases and fatalities by region. It’s primary goal is to use this data to identify factors that appear to impact the transmission rate of COVID-19. These challenges will run until April 16.

The Global Hack: The Global Hack is a 3-day online hackathon designed to share and rapidly develop ideas for urgently needed solutions in the face of the current crisis, as well as to build resilience post-pandemic. Registration opens April 5th, with teams announced April 7. The hackathon will run from April 8-10.

MIT COVID-19 Beat the Pandemic Hackathon: MIT is hosting a 48-hour virtual hackathon April 3-5 with the goal to develop solutions that address the most pressing technical, social, and financial issues caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. The problem focus areas will be protecting vulnerable populations and supporting the health system. Submit your application to participate here.

New York State COVID-19 Technology SWAT Team Applications: New York State is deploying individuals and teams from leading global technology companies across high-impact and urgent coronavirus response activities. They have a particular need for professionals with experience in product management, software development / engineering, hardware deployment & end-user support, data science, operations management, design, or other similar areas. While the call is open to any individual, team applications from companies, universities, research labs, etc. are preferred. They are accepting expressions of interest on an ongoing basis. Remote and on-sight opportunities available.


For Youth

The New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) Combating COVID-19 Youth Challenge: In this 6 week innovation challenge students ages 13-17 from around the world will have the opportunity to form virtual teams to develop technology-based solutions to slow the spread of COVID-19. Submissions are due May 6th. Grand prize winners will receive a scholarship to attend the Global STEM Alliance Summit in New York and an NYAS membership. 


For India Only

Innovate2BeatCOVID: The Marico Innovation Foundation is calling upon entrepreneurs, corporates and innovators to share simple, cost-effective, ready to scale to commercialization ventilator and personal protective equipment (PPE) solutions. 3 prizes of INR 40 lakh are available for solutions ready to be manufactured by April 15th. Challenge for Indian nationals only. 

Government of India COVID-19 Solution Challenge - The Government of India is asking individuals and start-ups to submit their technologies and innovative solutions that can be leveraged for strengthening the fight against Coronavirus. The winning solution will be awarded INR 1 lakh. Submissions are due April 15th.


For Canada Only

Roche Canada COVID-19 Open Innovation Challenge: Roche has launched an open-ended challenge, asking Canadians to submit innovation solutions to a challenge or issue they have identified as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic by April 10, 2020. Winning submissions will receive funds to support the development of their solution, with up to $50,000 in funding available for submissions from individuals, and $100,000 for teams.  

National Research Council Pandemic Response Challenge Program: The NRC is accepting applications to join teams to address challenges requiring further research and development for solutions to meet COVID-19 related needs. The program is structured around 3 main research areas:

  • Rapid detection and diagnosis
  • Therapeutics and vaccine development
  • Digital health

Researchers, academics, and innovative firms and invited to apply here. Funding is available to cover the costs of research and participation. 

The COVID-19 Challenges Procurement Program: 

This program will post challenges seeking near-to-market solutions from small and medium-sized businesses that need financial support from the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program to refine and sell their product or solution to meet a COVID-19 related need. Companies are invited to register their product or service here.


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