Hack4theFuture, an MIT COVID-19 Challenge series hackathon is a 3-day virtual event where teams of hackers from multiple industries come together to ideate, iterate, develop, and pitch timely solutions to influence operations, policy, and decision marking in the public and private sector. Past events have had up to 1,500 participants. The COVID-19 Challenge is sponsored by the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, MIT Hacking Medicine, and MIT Innovation Initiative. There is additional sponsorships from student clubs like the MIT Sloan Entrepreneurship Club.
The nature of work has been changing for decades due to automation, changes in required credentials to do a job, remote work, and globalization.
COVID-19 caused widespread disruption of existing systems, requiring rapid acceleration into the Future of Work .
Additionally, COVID19 revealed unexpected interdependencies between industries. Already deep inequities were exacerbated by the global COVID-19 crisis.
Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and technology can identify, track, predict and optimize how we work, learn, live, shop, stay healthy, and stay safe for better outcomes for individuals, populations, businesses and societies.
Human-centered design is essential to deliver on the the promise of technology.
Hack4theFuture – Themes & Tracks
AI and the Future of Work and Teams
Recruitment – Onboarding – Training – Education – Conferences
2- Performance Management for Individuals and Teams
Remote teamwork – Secure cloud platforms
Maintaining morale and culture – Supports needed for child and elder care
AI and the Future of Healthcare
4- Digital Health
Telehealth – Devices – Home health- Community health
5-Vaccines, Pharma, and Population Health
COVID-19 vaccine – Allocating supplies – Cold Chain – Educating communities
6- Research and Innovation
Patient/human-centered design – Decision tools- Recruiting subjects – Reducing disparities
AI and the Future of Systems
7-Supply Chain and Operations
Preventing disruption – Sharing data on sourcing – Staffing models
8- Disaster Preparedness
Equitable resource allocation – Predicting safety stock – National security
E-commerce – Risk assessment – Data privacy – Fraud protection
Winning teams will receive mentoring resources, organizational support and direct access to key partners to further develop, validate and implement their solutions.