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Challenge Diminishing the Transmission of COVID-19

Diminishing the Transmission of COVID-19

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STATUS: Under Eval
Active Solvers: 477
Posted: Mar 24 2020
Challenge ID: 9934288
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COVID-19 is readily transmitted via respiratory droplets and we now know that the virus is extremely contagious. Besides physical distancing and improved hygiene (e.g. thorough hand washing), we want to know if you are practicing some behaviors that are NOT widely communicated. 

This is an Ideation Challenge.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 is mainly spread from person-to-person by being in close proximity and inhaling respiratory droplets produced by infected individuals. Coming into contact with contaminated surfaces is another method of transmission. To decrease the exponential spread of the disease, large numbers of people are now practicing behaviors such as social distancing and regular hand washing. Are you aware of other effective methods in addition to the ones already being frequently communicated? Suggest them to us and most importantly, stay healthy.

This is a special Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is no guaranteed award, see details in the Detailed Description.
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solver grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal, including for promotional purposes.
  • Due to the urgency of the COVID-19 situation, we would appreciate your submissions and thoughts ASAP.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on May 24, 2020. 
Late submissions will not be considered.

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In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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