Africa Takes on COVID-19:MIT COVID-19 Challenge

The Africa Takes on COVID-19 Challenge event is the third in a series of virtual hackathons.

Event Details




May 1-3, 2020 from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon EST



Build a solution for the COVID-19 crisis.

MIT is hosting a series of challenges to empower YOU to take action on the COVID-19 crisis. Rallying the innovation community to develop solutions towards the most pressing issues related to the COVID-19 crisis in Africa. They want to channel and unlock untapped potential into positive and meaningful efforts to rapidly create and implement solutions that truly address the pressing unmet needs and problems of today. Our goal is for teams to design and build local solutions to these now global problems.

What is the Africa takes on COVID-19 challenge?  

The Africa Takes on COVID-19 Challenge event is the third in a series of virtual hackathons. Over the course of two days, multi-disciplinary teams will collaborate to develop innovative solutions that can help address the COVID-19 crisis. We are focused on connecting teams with the tools and resources needed to develop mature solutions that can be implemented by our partners. After the Challenge, selected teams will have the opportunity to bring their solutions to life with the support of our partners.

This is a virtual event. Teams will work together throughout the two-day event using tools such as Zoom, Google Drive, WhatsApp, and/or Slack.

Challenge Prompts

Flattening The Curve: How to prevent disease transmission and protect vulnerable populations from effects of COVID-19?

Supporting Our Health Systems: How to strengthen the health systems and health facilities that may face staff, supplies, and resource shortages?


Friday, May 1: Event kickoff and team formation

Saturday, May 2: Teams hone down on the problems, generate solutions, including proof of concepts, prototypes, and preliminary vision for execution

Sunday, May 3: Teams submit final presentation. Winners announced + next steps

How Do You Apply?

Please complete the application form found here. Applications are due by April 28th at 6PM EST. If you are applying with a team, all team members must submit individual applications.