The MIT COVID-19 Datathon is a week-long virtual event where teams of data scientists, clinicians, public health professionals and other subject matter experts come together to develop meaningful insights leveraging existing datasets to influence policy and decision making in the public and private sector.
297 participants and 77 mentors from 44 countries
Mentors were matched with one team each to support with ideation, dataset review and research guidance for the duration of the event.
Interested in sharing data sets or other resources?
Event kickoff and team formation (2:00 PM EST)
Teams collaborate to develop new insights on existing datasets,
Mentor check-ins + support programming
Final presentations (11:00 AM EST)
Winners announced + next steps
WHAT IS THE COVID-19 DATATHON CHALLENGE?
The MIT COVID-19 Datathon is a week-long virtual event where teams of data scientists, clinicians, public health professionals and other subject matter experts come together to develop meaning insights leveraging existing datasets to influence policy and decision marking in the public and private sector.
WHERE IS THE DATATHON TAKING PLACE?
This is a virtual event. Teams will work together throughout the 6-day event using tools such as Github, Zoom, Google Drive, and/or Slack.
WHEN WILL THE CHALLENGE TAKE PLACE?
The virtual datathon will take place Sunday, May 10 through Saturday, May 16.
HOW MUCH TIME DO I NEED TO COMMIT?
Since the goal is to rapidly develop meaningful insights on the current crisis, participants should expect to commit at least 3-5 hours per day for the duration of the event. Participants do not need to be available 24/7 for the duration of the event but should communicate their availability to team members.
WHAT DO WINNING TEAMS GET?
Winning teams will receive computing resources, organizational support and direct access to key partners to further develop, validate and implement solutions developed.
WHO OWNS THE PRODUCT/SOLUTIONS TEAMS CREATE?
In an effort to expedite the development and implementation of solutions developed in this event, all products and solutions developed in this event will be subject to the terms below:
The following terms apply to participation in this hackathon (“Hackathon”). Entrants may create original solutions, prototypes, datasets, scripts, or other content, materials, discoveries or inventions (a “Submission”). The Hackathon is organized by the MIT COVID-19 Datathon organizing team.
Entrants retain ownership of all intellectual and industrial property rights (including moral rights) in and to Submissions.
As a condition of submission, Entrant grants the Hackathon Organizer, its subsidiaries, agents and partner companies, without restrictions, a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, adapt, modify, publish, distribute, publicly perform, create a derivative work from, and publicly display the Submission.
Entrants provide Submissions on an “AS IS” BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied, including, without limitation, any warranties or conditions of TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY, or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
Entrant represents and warrants that, to the best of his or her knowledge, any work product is Entrant’s own original work and is not within the intellectual property rights of any third party, including any former or current employers. If you are unsure, you should consult any former or current employment agreement to which you are a party. Under no circumstances will Hackathon Organizer be liable to you or any third party for any damages, direct or otherwise, arising out of use of this hackathon work product.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?
We are seeking a diverse group of participants. Students and professionals with data science, epidemiology, clinical or public health experience are encouraged to apply.
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.
WILL THE EVENT BE HELD IN ENGLISH?
Yes, the event, along with the final presentations, will be held fully in English.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Please complete the application form found here.
Applications are due by May 7 at 11:59 PM EST.
HOW ARE APPLICATIONS EVALUATED?
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Emphasis will be placed on ensuring a diversity of skill sets and demographics are represented among participants. You will receive an email from the organizing team by May 8 at 11:59pm EST with an update regarding your acceptance.
HOW ARE TEAMS FORMED?
Participants will work together in teams of 4-5 members. Teams will be formed organically at the start of the event based on interests and experience.
DO I NEED TO COME WITH AN RESEARCH QUESTION?
The event will provide a number of sample research questions per research track to worked on. You and your team may draft a new research question, but you will need to receive approval from the organizing team.
WHAT TOOLS/RESOURCES WILL BE PROVIDED?
Teams will be connected with technical resources, data sets, developer platforms and experienced mentors throughout the weekend to help them create, iterate, build, and develop solutions as quickly as possible.
WILL YOU BE PROVIDING CERTIFICATES TO PARTICIPANTS?
Unfortunately, the organizing team cannot provide certificates to participants.
HOW DO I BECOME A MENTOR?
Please complete the form here.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF MENTORS?
Mentors will be assigned one team to work with based on their experience and expertise. Mentors do not need to be available for the entire weekend. Mentors are expected to provide 1-hour support per day during the duration of the event.
HOW DOES MY ORGANIZATION/ COMPANY BECOME A PARTNER?
Thank you for your interest! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. A member of the organizing team will contact you to determine how your organization’s expertise, resources, and reach can be most effectively utilized as part of this effort.
WHAT IF I HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN ANSWERED?
If you have additional questions or press inquiries, please email: email@example.com