FAQ

  • The challenge guidelines that describe the Pandemic Response Challenge can be downloaded from within the Prize Operations Platform (POP) upon a successful login.

  • Your team should now read the guidelines, go to https://github.com/leaf-ai/covid-xprize to download the example predictors, prescriptors, and data, and determine if you have the technical skills needed to compete. Next complete the full registration process within POP.

  • Two winning teams will produce prediction models that best estimate future numbers of COVID-19 cases with greatest accuracy and create the best prescription models for intervention plans.

  • Teams can gain early access to the guidelines and example predictors, prescriptors, and data by logging into POP on October 23, 2020. Teams can then also complete the official registration process—which grants access to the challenge sandbox on November 17, 2020—at any time before the registration closes (December 8, 2020).

  • December 8, 2020. We encourage you to register and begin working on your predictor models well before this date.

  • Competing in an XPRIZE is an exciting journey that often requires a commitment of time, expertise, and resources. All fees collected are used to support XPRIZE teams.

  • We encourage you to update your team and user profiles on the Prize Operations Platform (POP) to share more information about yourself with other teams and with XPRIZE. Also start to work on your predictor and prescriptor models.

  • Please visit: https://github.com/leaf-ai/covid-xprize to access case and intervention plan data, a sample dataset, and example predictors and prescriptors.

  • After logging into POP, teams can access a Slack channel. You can also email us at pandemicresponse@xprize.org.

  • The challenge pre-launch is on October 23, 2020. The challenge concludes on February 26, 2020. Teams must be registered by December 8th to compete.

    A detailed timeline of the challenge can be found in the challenge Guidelines and the Rules & Regulations.

  • Teams should have members that are comfortable working in Python and that have knowledge of machine learning and artificial intelligence. Team members with data science expertise and public health, health policy, and epidemiology backgrounds will play an important role in the challenge.

  • Proficiency in Python is expected. Teams will not be able to work in R or other programming languages.

    It is essential a member of your team is skilled in using Jupyter Notebooks, GitHub, and Ubuntu (or a similar Linux system). We also recommend that teams have skills in:
    - Predictive analytics, e.g. linear regression, neural networks, random forests
    - Prescriptive analytics, e.g. dynamic programming, reinforcement learning, and evolutionary computation
    - Multiobjective optimization, Pareto optimality
    - Statistical hypothesis testing, confidence bounds
    - Time series analysis, e.g. ARIMA models, Gaussian processes, hidden Markov models, and recurrent neural networks
    - Epidemiological models, e.g. compartmental models, network models, agent-based models
    - Scientific and machine learning libraries: Pandas, Numpy, scikit-learn, Keras, and Tensorflow

  • Teams competing in an XPRIZE competition can come from anywhere. For the Pandemic Response Challenge, XPRIZE is seeking teams composed of one or more individuals with Python programming knowledge and an interest in helping transform how communities fight COVID-19 and future humanitarian challenges. We also anticipate that people with public health, epidemiology, and data science backgrounds would be excellent team members.

  • The team leader must be at least 18 years old so they can sign the Competitor Agreement.

  • After teams register and pay the entry fee, teams will gain access to a sandbox (after the November 17, 2020 launch). All teams must upload their submissions to their sandbox. Other materials, such as the Competitor Agreement, must be submitted through the POP team profile page.

    Please review the details in the Competition Guidelines and information on POP.

  • Competing teams will retain the rights to their designs and technology. For more information, please refer to the Competitor Agreement.

  • The deadline to register is December 8, 2020 18:59:59 UTC.

  • We welcome partners throughout all phases of the competition, whether you want to help recruit teams, support team success, secure an XPRIZE speaker or expert for your event, help scale winning solutions, or assist with testing operations. Contact pandemicresponse@xprize.org to learn more.

    You can also follow the competition at xprize.org/xyz.

  • There will be $500,000 (USD) in total prizes purses awarded at the conclusion of the Finals.

  • Within POP, you will be able to access the leaderboard with current scores and rankings.