Friday, November 6 to Sunday, November 8, 2020

— Frequently Asked Questions —

— Background —

What is the Future of Work?
World Economic Forum
CDC

What is the Role of AI in the Future of Work?

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Forbes

What is the Role of AI in the Future of Diversity?

IBM
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What is the Role of AI in the Future of Healthcare?

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HealthTech

What is the Role of AI in the Future of Supply Chains?

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What is the Role of AI in the Future of Banking and Finance?

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GENERAL INFORMATION

WHAT IS THE COVID-19 Hackathon CHALLENGE?  

Hack4theFuture, an MIT COVID-19 Challenge series hackathon is a 3-day virtual event where teams of hackers from multiple industries come together to ideate, iterate, develop, and pitch timely solutions to influence operations, policy, and decision marking in the public and private sector. Past events have had up to 1,500 participants. The COVID-19 Challenge is sponsored by the Martin Trust Center for MIT EntrepreneurshipMIT Hacking Medicine, and MIT Innovation Initiative. There is additional sponsorships from student clubs like the MIT Sloan Entrepreneurship Club.


WHERE IS THE Hack4theFuture TAKING PLACE? 

This is a virtual event. Teams will work together throughout the 3-day event. 


WHEN WILL THE CHALLENGE TAKE PLACE?

The virtual hackathon will take place Friday, November 6 through Sunday, November 8. 


HOW MUCH TIME DO I NEED TO COMMIT?

Since the goal is to rapidly develop meaningful insights on solutions needed for the current crisis, participants should expect to commit at least 8-12 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 mentoring resources, organizational support and direct access to key partners to further develop, validate and implement their solutions. 


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 Hackathon 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.



PARTICIPATION

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE? 

We are seeking a diverse group of participants. Students and professionals with artificial intelligence, data science, epidemiology, clinical, public health, pharmaceutical, digital health, law, finance, public sector, Human Resources, and/or supply chain 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 October 30th at 11:59 p.m. EST 

Applying early is strongly encouraged. 


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 November 2nd 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 PROBLEM STATEMENT OR PITCH?

The event will provide a number of sample prompts or sector "pain points", per track, to worked on with the team formed at the hackathon.


WHAT TOOLS/RESOURCES WILL BE PROVIDED? 

Teams will be connected with 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.



SUPPORT

HOW DO I BECOME A MENTOR? 

Please complete the form above


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 covid19hack4future@mit.edu. 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. 


MISCELLANEOUS

WHAT IF I HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN ANSWERED? 

If you have additional questions or press inquiries, please email: covid19hack4future@mit.edu

Solutions for the Future of Work

Humanizing Artificial Intelligence for the Future of Work and Systems in the Age of COVID-19

The nature of work has been changing for decades due to automation, changes in required credentials to do a job, remote work, and globalization. 

COVID-19 caused widespread disruption of existing systems, requiring rapid acceleration into the Future of Work 

Additionally, COVID19 revealed unexpected interdependencies between industries. Already deep inequities were exacerbated by the global COVID-19 crisis. 

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and technology can identify, track, predict and optimize how we work, learn, live, shop, stay healthy, and stay safe for better outcomes for individuals, populations, businesses and societies. 

Human-centered design is essential to deliver on the the promise of technology.

How do we apply an entrepreneurial mindset to move forward into a future of anti-fragile systems and bring everyone along? 

Mentors will be matched with one team each to support with ideation, business plan development, and pitch preparation for the duration of the event. 

— SPONSORS AND PARTNERS —

HOME

— Participants —

— Agenda —

Friday - November 6 

Event kickoff and team formation


Saturday - November 7

Teams collaborate to ideate, hack and iterate 

Mentor check-ins + support programming


Sunday, November 8

Final presentations

Winners announced + next steps

** Detailed schedule will be sent in participant guide **

© Copyright 2020

 

— MENTORS —

— LEADERSHIP TEAM —

Hack4theFuture Lead

Umbereen Nehal

Administration and Sponsors

Jagjit Dhaliwal and Jot Chahal 

Mentors

Nick Giglio and Benjamin Schwartz

Marketing

Rob Yang and Andrea Guendelman

Operations

 Vikas Bhaiya and Shabda Prakash

Participants

 Lillian Kwang and Abigail Schleichkorn

Technology

Jeff Monroe

— Themes & Tracks —

AI and the Future of Work and Teams

1-Staying Competitive

Recruitment - Onboarding - Training - Education - Conferences

2- Performance Management for Individuals and Teams

Remote teamwork - Secure cloud platforms

3- Wellbeing

Maintaining morale and culture - Supports needed for child and elder care


AI and the Future of Healthcare

4- Digital Health

Telehealth - Devices - Home health- Community health

5-Vaccines, Pharma, and Population Health

COVID-19 vaccine - Allocating supplies - Cold Chain - Educating communities

6- Research and Innovation

Patient/human-centered design - Decision tools- Recruiting subjects - Reducing disparities


AI and the Future of Systems

7-Supply Chain and Operations

Preventing disruption - Sharing data on sourcing - Staffing models

8- Disaster Preparedness

Equitable resource allocation - Predicting safety stock - National security

9-Finance

E-commerce  - Risk assessment - Data privacy - Fraud protection


Apply to ParticipateApply to Mentor
Submit to Sponsor

Applications are due by October 30th at 11:59 p.m. EST