Implementing Solutions

2020 Health Security & Pandemics

How can communities around the world prepare for, detect, and respond to emerging pandemics and health security threats?

Submissions are Closed

Challenge Overview

Over $2 million in prize funding is available for Solve's 2020 Global Challenges, including Health Security & Pandemics. Learn more.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is the latest in a series of infectious disease emergencies, including cholera, Ebola, SARS, Chikungunya, HIV/AIDS, and influenza. While scientists and drug developers, with support from governments and multilateral organizations, have been rushing to produce, test, and deliver vaccines and treatments, tech innovators also have a crucial role to play, both in the near term and to prevent and mitigate future disease outbreaks.

In the near term, we need improved solutions for prevention, accurate detection, and rapid response. MIT Solve is seeking tech innovations that can slow and track the spread of an emerging outbreak, for example by improving individual hygiene, developing low-cost rapid diagnostics, analyzing data that informs decision making, and providing tools that support and protect health workers.

At the same time, we cannot solely treat disease outbreaks reactively. Climate change and globalization leave us ever more vulnerable to future epidemics and pandemics, and it’s critical to be prepared. Solve is also seeking solutions that focus on preventative and mitigation measures that strengthen access to affordable primary healthcare systems, enhance disease surveillance systems, and improve healthcare supply chains.

We need your help:

  • If you have a solution, we want you to apply.

  • If you can help us fund a prize for the selected Solver teams, please get in touch with Hala Hanna at

  • You can also donate here—all amounts raised will support the Challenge.  

  • If you can partner with us in any other way, please let us know here

For more details on Solver Funding, Prize, and Partnership Eligibility for the Health Security & Pandemics Challenge, visit the Prizes tab.


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