The Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design

COVID-19    Design Challenge.


Date: March 26 - 30  

Location: Virtual

The Challenge

The Graduate Student Organizing Committee at Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design (CBID) has invited teams to compete in a five-day, student-run, entirely online design challenge. Teams, consisting of university students, faculty, and affiliates all around the world, have been challenged to develop innovative solutions that have the potential for timely impact in the fight against COVID-19.

Each team has selected to work in one of three challenge areas and has access to lectures and Q&A sessions with experts on the disease as well as the design process. Teams are joined by Innovation Mentors who help them follow an effective design process and develop scalable solutions.

Judges are experienced experts and health care solution developers who 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 and implement their concept.

Equipping people with accurate 
COVID-19 information so they can make informed decisions
Minimizing transmission and spread of COVID-19 in the home and community
Addressing shortages of critical healthcare  equipment required for emergency care


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March 20
March 24
March 24
Applications Open
Applications Close
Teams Selected 
Participants notified by 11:59PM EST
March 26
March 27
March 28 
March 29
March 30
Challenge Begins
Select Target Need
Develop Solution
Finalize Solution
Application review process begins at 3PM EST
Open to students, alumni and affiliates globally
Live kick-off held online 5-8PM EST
Teams conduct research to identify an area of interest 
Teams engage with mentors and experts 
Winning team is provided tools to implement the idea
Teams design and prototype one solution concept

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