UCSF BioEngineering Students and Faculty Team Up with Johns Hopkins for a Design Challenge to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

Students and faculty at UCSF are joining forces with other research institutions across the US to address critical challenges raised by the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.

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Bioengineering and Therapeutic Science Chair and HIVE founder Tejal Desai is co-sponsoring a design challenge to help address the critical need for innovation and solutions related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic. Students and faculty at UCSF are joining forces with other research institutions across the US to address critical challenges raised by the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.

The Graduate Student Organizing Committee at Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design (CBID) has invited teams to apply to compete in a five-day, student-run, entirely online design challenge. Several UCSF Bioengineering representatives assisted the JHU Organizing Committee with the preparation and hosting of the event, adding to its successful campaign promotion. Participants include university students, faculty, and affiliates from around the world who have applied online via the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Challenge website.

Teams have chosen to work in one of five thematic areas:

Care Staff Protection

Designing solutions to support and protect front-line healthcare staff and their families.

Awareness

Equipping people with accurate COVID-19 information so they can make informed decisions.

Transmission Prevention​

Minimizing transmission and spread of COVID-19 in the home and community settings.

Supply design

Addressing shortages of critical healthcare equipment required for emergency care​.

Access Promotion

Designing solutions that can work in low and middle income countries around the world.

Each team has access to lectures and Q&A sessions with experts on the disease as well as the design process. They are also guided by Innovation Mentors who will provide mentorship and help teams follow an effective design process and think through solutions. Judges are experienced experts and health care solution developers who can provide guidance on resources and connections to further develop the top ideas. Teams presenting the best ideas will be invited to work with CBID to secure resources and contacts to further develop their concept.

Applications closed on March 23rd at 12PM PDT, a full day sooner than expected due to the overwhelming interest from students, faculty, and affiliates across the globe. The challenge begins tonight, March 26th with a Live Kickoff held from 5-8PM EST. Solutions must be developed and finalized by March 29th. The presentation and awards ceremony will be held on Monday, March 30th.

For more information on this design challenge, please visit https://www.jhucovid19challenge.org/.

Date: 
2020-03-26 00:00:00