MIT’S Africa Takes on COVID-19

Deadline: April 27, 2020.

The Africa Takes on COVID-19 Challenge event is the third in a series of virtual hackathons. Over the course of two days, multi-disciplinary teams will collaborate to develop innovative solutions that can help address the COVID-19 crisis. We are focused on connecting teams with the tools and resources needed to develop mature solutions that can be implemented by our partners. After the Challenge, selected teams will have the opportunity to bring their solutions to life with the support of our partners.

The next event is May 1-3, 2020. In this 48-hour virtual event, we will help tackle the most critical unmet needs caused by the COVID-19 outbreak in Africa.

WHERE IS THE CHALLENGE TAKING PLACE?

This is a virtual event. Teams will work together throughout the two-day event using tools such as Zoom, Google Drive, WhatsApp, and/or Slack.

WHEN WILL THE CHALLENGE TAKE PLACE?

The virtual challenge will take place Friday, May 1st through Sunday, May 3rd.

HOW MUCH TIME DO I NEED TO COMMIT?

The Challenge is a 48-hour sprint beginning on Friday afternoon (5/1) and ending on Sunday afternoon (5/3). Since the goal is to rapidly bring meaningful solutions to life, participants should expect to commit Friday evening, most of Saturday, and Sunday morning/early afternoon to the Challenge. Participants do not need to be available 24/7 for the duration of the event but should communicate their availability to team members.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?

We are seeking a diverse group of participants. Participants ages 13+ of all experience levels, professional and academic backgrounds, and skill sets are welcome; what matters most is your commitment to making an impact and your willingness to collaborate.

DO I HAVE TO HAVE A TECHNICAL OR CLINICAL BACKGROUND TO PARTICIPATE?

No! Participants of all academic and professional backgrounds are welcome! Technical or medical experience is always helpful, but it is not required.

DO I HAVE TO BE AN MIT STUDENT OR MIT AFFILIATED TO PARTICIPATE?

No! Participants do not need to be affiliated with MIT, just need to be eager to take on COVID-19! As above, technical or medical experience is always helpful, but it is not required.

WILL THE EVENT BE HELD IN ENGLISH?

Yes, the event, along with the final presentations, will be held fully in English.

Eligibility

They are seeking a diverse group of participants. Participants ages 13+ of all experience levels, professional and academic backgrounds, and skill sets are welcome; what matters most is your commitment to making an impact and your willingness to collaborate.
Participants of all academic and professional backgrounds are welcome! Technical or medical experience is always helpful, but it is not required.
Participants do not need to be affiliated with MIT, just need to be eager to take on COVID-19! As above, technical or medical experience is always helpful, but it is not required.

Application

Click here to complete the application form.

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