Frequently Asked Questions
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The term “The Trinity Challenge” refers to two connected entities:
The Trinity Challenge is one part of the world’s commitment to making sure that a pandemic like COVID-19 never happens again. We are action-oriented, and all efforts are directed towards generating new insights and solutions to protect people worldwide from health emergencies. We are committed to support the Sustainable Development Goals agenda, the WHO’s target of one billion more people better protected from health emergencies, and to strengthen vulnerable health systems.
COVID-19 and previous pandemics have shown and forced us to experience the health, social and economic impacts that health emergencies wreak on the world. We need to take action to improve our response to the current pandemic and especially 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. It is our firm belief that the potential to use humanities vast capabilities in data & analytics for the public good is not yet realised even remotely.
For our first round of awards spring 2021, we are looking for 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:
To apply for participation within the challenge you need to provide any idea, concept, prototype or other piece of work that has the potential to be developed into one of the above – if required, with support from our Founding Members and Members.
Your work for the public good might benefit in three key areas from joining The Trinity Challenge:
An online application gateway where all required information can be entered and uploaded will open in October 2020 – if you want to be notified about this event, please send and informal mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
You are encouraged, but not required, to ask for any support from our Founding Members and Members you might require to turn your current work into something to be considered for The Trinity Challenge Awards. On application, entrants will have the option/s to:
Collaborative and independent applications only differ by their deadlines (see respective question) and that collaborative applications will undergo a subsequent matching process to enable the support asked for. Both will compete and be reviewed by the same standards to determine the winner of The Trinity Challenge in spring 2021.
The inaugural Challenge will launch in September 2020. There are different deadlines for application for collaborative and independent development.
Application for participation within The Trinity Challenge:
Applications asking for support from our Founding Members and Members (“collaborative applications”) will have to be submitted by 11:59pm GMT on November 8, 2020 in order to enable timely matching. Submissions beyond that data cannot be guaranteed to be regarded for support from our Founding Members and Members.
Applications not requiring additional support (“independent applications”) will have to be submitted by 11:59pm GMT on January 30, 2021.
Submission of results to be considered for awards
Submissions of solutions, insights and results of collaborative or independent development can only be made by teams and individuals that previously applied and have been accepted to participate within The Trinity Challenge (see above). Submission deadline for any contribution to taken into consideration for the first round of The Trinity Challenge is 11:59pm BST April 30 2021.
Announcement of awards and awards event
We expect to announce the winners of the first round of The Trinity Challenge at a public in-person or online event May/June, 2021. Winners may be notified in advance of the event under a non-disclosure agreement.
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, 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:
To ensure transparency, Terms of any collaboration will be published on thetrinitychallenge.org after being signed by all collaborators, unless prohibited by other legal obligations.
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. Adherence to any legal requirements remains sole responsibility of the Challenge Teams/collaborators.
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. The winning submissions will be subject to final approval by The Trinity Challenge trustees to ensure compliance with eligibility criteria and The Trinity Challenge objectives*. Monetary awards will be contractually binding between applicants and The Trinity Challenge and must be used to promote and further The Trinity Challenge objectives*. Winning submissions may be forfeited if applicants fail to use awards accordingly or fail to comply with The Trinity Challenge terms and conditions.
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. Corporate Founding Members and Members will not be eligible to win monetary awards.
The data catalogue is a resource to support the sophisticated and sensitive use of data and analytics for Challenge Teams and any other interested groups or individuals. 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 for the public good following the Challenge. Applicants will be required to commit to licensing outputs on fair and reasonable, non-discriminatory terms approved by The Trinity Challenge.
We wish to remind you that all people and organisations are eligible to apply and submit their thinking and will be announced winners of the Challenge. Not all people and organisations are eligible for a financial prize. The following criteria relate to the awarding of the monetary prize.
The following are not eligible:
If you are unsure about eligibility, please contact us; the decision of The Trinity Challenge trustees on questions of eligibility will be final.
Challenge Teams are free to use and build on existing open source software and projects. Adherence to any legal requirements remains sole responsibility of the of the Challenge Teams/collaborators.
Challenge Teams are free to use existing code and content, and build on their existing and on-going work to submit the best insights possible. Adherence to any legal requirements remains sole responsibility of the Challenge Teams/collaborators.
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