Frequently Asked Questions
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The Trinity Challenge is a coalition of members united by the common aim of using data and advanced analytics to develop insights and actions to contribute to a world better protected from health emergencies.
The Trinity Challenge is one part of the world’s commitment to making sure that COVID-19 never happens again. We are action-oriented, and all efforts are directed towards generating new insights and solutions to protect one billion more people from health emergencies.
We have seen and experienced the health, social and economic impacts that health emergencies like COVID-19 wreak on the world. We need to take action to ensure that we are better prepared for next time. Together, we can better predict, prevent, respond to and mitigate future health emergencies.
We are learning lessons now to manage the next one better and, even more so, to try to avoid another one; this is the best time and opportunity to create global insights and shared learning. We expect some efforts to provide insights of value for the current COVID-19 crisis. However, if we do not widen our horizon beyond the current pandemic, we are bound to repeat the cycle of panic and neglect that has been detrimental to the sustainable improvement of our collective ability to identify, respond to and recover from health emergencies. This effort is committed to supported the Sustainable Development Goals agenda, the WHO’s Target of one billion more people better protected from health emergencies, and strengthening vulnerable health systems.
The Founding Members of The Trinity Challenge include (in alphabetical order): Aviva, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Brunswick Group, Discovery Group, Facebook, GlaxoSmithKline, Global Virome Project, Google, HKUMed, Internews, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London, Institute of Health Metrics Evaluation, Legal & General, London School of Economics, McKinsey & Co., Microsoft, Northeastern University, Optum, Reckitt Benckiser, Tencent, University of Cambridge, and Zenysis Technologies.
Founding Members design and deliver The Trinity Challenge; support Challenge Teams by providing a mix of “privileged access” to data, analytical and technical support, and other resources; and engage in collaborations with other Founding Members and Members.
The Members are leading organisations from industry, academe, and the social sector who are committed to contributing to a world better protected from health emergencies.
The Trinity Challenge is open to anyone from around the world who would like to contribute their thinking to any of the Challenge categories. A Challenge Team is any individual or group of individuals who submits an idea or insight to the Challenge. Whilst we expect success to come from Challenge Teams that are collaborations between applicants and (Founding) members of The Trinity Challenge coalition, any group or individual may wish to submit independent of completing an application for support (see below). The same guidelines, rules and review criteria apply to collaborative and independent Challenge Teams.
Challenge Teams may:
The sensitive and sophisticated use of data and analytics which extends beyond diseases, geographies and organisational boundaries is a great enabler for improving our ability to identify, respond to and recover from health emergencies
Any potential contribution which makes use of data and advanced analytics to help improve our ability to identify, respond to and recover from health emergencies related to infectious disease. This might come, for example:
An online application gateway will open shortly after launch where all required information can be entered and uploaded.
The inaugural Challenge will launch in September 2020. There are different deadlines for application for collaborative and independent development.
Applications asking for support from our Founding Members and Members (“collaborative”) will have to be completed by 11:59 pm on November 8, 2020 in order to enable timely matching.
Applications not requiring additional support will have to be submitted by 11:59pm on January 15, 2021.
All solutions, insights and results of collaborative or independent development will have to be submitted by end of April 2021 with the expectation that the recognition/award event for the inaugural will be hosted by the end of June, 2021.
On application, entrants will have the option/s to:
Upon application, any potential Challenge Team will be asked if they request support from Founding Members or Members, and to describe what that support could be. These applications will be reviewed and presented to the Founding Members and Members, who will consider each application.
Applicants will receive notification of the outcome of the review within one month after closure of the application period. If it is possible to provide support for the proposed submission, the necessary introductions will be made.
The terms of any collaboration are discussed, decided upon and contracted between the potential future collaborators (Founding Members, Members and Challenge Teams) individually. These terms need to respect the guardrails of The Trinity Challenge, which include:
Challenge Teams can define their working mode and norms. However, all collaborative development will have to follow The Trinity Challenge guardrails outlined above. It will be assumed that any Member sharing data within TTC does so in accordance with relevant and applicable legal and regulatory standards and obligations including, but not limited to, confidentiality, data protection and intellectual property. Founding Members will collaborate with the Challenge Teams, and in some circumstances, provide access to data under their own data governance arrangements. Challenge Teams must adhere to these policies and processes.
All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of experts from across the globe including low- and middle-income countries. Submissions will be considered against a range of baseline criteria, including but not limited to (i) alignment to Challenge focus and (ii) potential for impact, in addition to a series of criteria related to the potential of making an outstanding contribution to at least one additional area, including supporting vulnerable populations, showing outstanding conceptual and technical innovation, demonstrating a novel approach to data integrity, security and privacy.
Yes, they are invited to make individual submissions, however partnering with additional organisations and institutions is strongly encouraged. The panel of experts and all parts of the review process are fully independent of the Founding Members and Members.
The data catalogue is a resource to support the sophisticated and sensitive use of data and analytics. It is not exhaustive but comprises data across a series of domains that is both publicly and privately held.
Any data, technologies or methodologies that Challenge Teams use that are privately held remain proprietary property of the organisation or individual. It is expected that the outputs (insights, tools and approaches) that are submitted for judging will be made publicly available following the Challenge.
Challenge Teams are free to use and build on existing open source software and projects.
Challenge Teams are free to use existing code and content, and build on their existing and ongoing work to submit the best insights possible.
To register your interest in The Trinity Challenge, please send us an email using the button below. We'll get in touch before the opening of applications in October.