Pandemic Response Challenge



Pandemic Response Challenge


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The Pandemic Response Challenge is a $500K, four-month challenge that focuses on the development of data-driven AI systems to predict COVID-19 infection rates and prescribe Intervention Plans (IPs) that regional governments, communities, and organizations can implement to minimize harm when reopening their economies.

Sponsored by

Cognizant is one of the world's leading professional services companies, transforming clients' business, operating and technology models for the digital era. Our unique industry-based, consultative approach helps clients envision, build and run more innovative and efficient businesses. Headquartered in the U.S., Cognizant is ranked 194 on the Fortune 500 and is consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world.

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The road forward on reopening global economies will be paved by collaboration.

Brian Humphries

Chief Executive Officer, Cognizant

The Challenge

XPRIZE and Cognizant have partnered to launch the Pandemic Response Challenge. The Pandemic Response Challenge will catalyze the development of data-driven systems to construct plans that regional governments, communities, and organizations can implement to minimize harm when reopening their economies. $500,000 in prizes will be awarded by XPRIZE to teams who develop prediction models that estimate daily COVID-19 cases with greatest accuracy and create prescriptive models that minimize infection cases and economic costs.

Our hope now is to evolve this technology into emergency response plans for local governments worldwide, utilizing artificial intelligence to better protect everyone - from the most vulnerable in our society to the most essential workers - against future pandemics.

Amir Banifatemi

Chief Innovation and Growth Officer at XPRIZE

How to Win

Winning teams will develop prediction models that estimate future numbers of daily COVID-19 cases with the greatest accuracy and will produce the best prescription models for Intervention Plans.

Prize Activity

Soft launch and early registration begins - October 30th 2020. Launch, prize operations portal opens, phase one predictor, phase two prescriptor development begins - November 17th 2020. Registration closes - December 8th 2020. Phase one, predictor, development ends - December 22nd 2020. Phase one live model testing, leaderboard begins - December 22nd 2020 to January 12th 2021. Phase one judging, qualitative and quantitative - January 6th to 12th 2021. Announcement of finalists - January 13th 2021. Phase two, prescriptor development ends - February 3rd 2021. Phase two judging - February 3rd to 26th 2021. Winners announced - February 26th 2021.

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