Go Viral Collegiate Challenge!

The Go Viral Collegiate Challenge is looking for college and university students to self-organize into multidisciplinary teams to identify a significant health problem facing their local communities, on or off campus.  Teams must create a web or mobile app to increase awareness and inspire positive action to address that issue using data from the HHS Health Indicators Warehouse and other sources (e.g., including crowdsourcing methods). They are looking for solutions that leverage social networks so educational messages can be communicated quickly across a large community and so that positive actions by individuals can influence others to take similar steps – hence the name Go Viral!

The top three winning teams will be recognized and featured exhibits at the forum of the Health Data Initiative on June 9th. The first prize team will be awarded $3,000 and do an on-stage live demo of their application. Second and third place will win $2,000 and $1,000, respectively. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) are sponsoring this contest for college and university teams.

Submissions for the Go Viral Collegiate Challenge are due April 27, 2011 at 9pm PDT!

For more information, click here.

Source: Health.data.gov

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. sachiye@vertices.com

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