Supporting generation of ideas for Zika virus and global health security
The Zika Innovation Challenge aims to contribute tangible ideas and actionable solutions that might mitigate the challenges related to the Zika epidemic in the Americas, and global health security at large. Ideas and solutions for the Zika Innovation Challenge should address one of three major focus areas, and each team can determine the focus area on which they will work. It is notable that these ideas may also be relevant and applicable to other epidemics and outbreaks that threaten our global health security.
Throughout the challenge, interdisciplinary teams of Duke University students will have the opportunity to learn from Duke and external experts through the Kickoff Event and workshops. Top teams will have the opportunity to present their ideas to a panel of expert judges, and the top two teams will have the opportunity to present their ideas to the team at USAID mandated to identify innovations around Zika and global health security. All Duke University students are eligible to participate.
Sponsored by the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD), Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (I&E), and the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE)
How do I participate?
Register online by midnight March 14th to participate in an Innovation Challenge team. You may register as an individual, as a partial team, or as a complete team. Ideally teams will have 4-5 students from a variety of academic backgrounds. If you would like to have more than 5 members on your team, email us to coordinate.
If registering as an individual or partial team, we will match you with other students to create interdisciplinary teams. If registering as a complete team, we encourage you to be sure that your team is interdisciplinary. You will choose to work on one of two focus areas for the Challenge:
- Boost Tracking & Surveillance Activities. Data collection and analysis tools are important for informing decision-making, resource deployment, and containment strategies. How might we develop context-appropriate tools to increase our understanding of the disease; better track mosquito populations carrying the virus, exposures, and adverse outcomes (including microcephaly and Guillain Barre syndrome); and enhance communication among key stakeholders? What tools exist that we could build upon, test, and rapidly deploy to facilitate data collection and analysis?
- Awareness Among & Protection of Pregnant Women. How might we support pregnant women’s health, including awareness of the threat, access to protection from Zika, and a greater system of healthcare support? How about other women of reproductive age? How could local communities, health workers, and/or others contribute to this effort?
- Integrated Vector (i.e. Mosquito) Control. How might we improve the efficacy, cost-effectiveness, ecological soundness, and sustainability of efforts to manage or control mosquitoes carrying and transmitting Zika virus? What can we learn from other vector control efforts (e.g. malaria control) that can be applied in this context?
As a participant, you are strongly encouraged to attend the Innovation Challenge Kickoff event the evening of Tuesday, March 22nd from 6-7:30pm and you are encouraged to send at least one of your team members to the optional workshops on Thursday, March 24th (6-7:30pm). It is up to you and your team how much or how little time you will dedicate to the challenge, and you will be required to submit a brief slide deck. If your team is a finalist, at least a few members must attend the Finalist Presentations & Feedback session on the evening of Wednesday, March 30th (6-8pm).