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 at Imperial College London, Institute of Health Metrics Evaluation, Legal & General, London School of Economics, McKinsey & Co., Microsoft, Northeastern University, Optum, Reckitt Benckiser, Tencent, and University of Cambridge.
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 opened in October 2020.
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 will compete and be reviewed by the same standards to determine the winner of The Trinity Challenge in spring 2021.
The inaugural Challenge launched in September 2020 and initial participation in the Challenge has been welcomed since October 2020.
Application for support from The Trinity Challenge’s members to form collaborative Challenge Teams
Thanks to the generosity of our Members we are now able to consider new applications for collaboration in addition to our initial deadline on November 8. We strongly encourage applications to be sent as soon as possible.
Submission of results to be considered for awards
Submissions of solutions and insights as the result of collaborative or independent development can be made by both independent Challenge teams (i.e. no support from Members requested) and collaborative Challenge teams. Submission deadline for any contribution to be taken into consideration for the inaugural round of The Trinity Challenge is 15 April 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 in June 2021.
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.
Compliant applications will be submitted to The Trinity Challenge members for review and for selection. Members towards which your application explicitly expresses an interest for collaboration will be alerted. In case of selection, you will then be directly contacted by the relevant member(s) to discuss terms of collaboration. We would expect our members to reach out to applicants they wish to work with within the 3-6 weeks following your submission. We would like to emphasise that the event of a non-selection reflects in no way the merits of your application and will have no impact on the likelihood of success of your project. It is simply a reflection of the commitments of the members and of their own organisations at this point in time
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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