Pandemics are a challenge to humanity; with the interconnected world, the spread of pandemics is much faster and wider. An additional challenge faced is that it is difficult to predict the outcome of pandemics. In history, pandemics had cost millions of lives. The outcome of pandemics can be significantly changed by our efforts such as make an ecosystem for early reporting and predicting. Learning we can take from history is that we should put effort and build an ecosystem that can adapt fast to address issues of pandemics in the future.
With COVID-19, people all over the world are reminded again of this. People became aware of best practices and the government is forcing measures such as social distancing and stay at home. Several companies and researchers across the world are working on addressing issues such as finding drugs, vaccines, and methods to test faster. With the size of the pandemic, the cost of the solution provided is also of concern, especially for developing countries.
This competition, organized by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CASS), aims to support startups trying to create technology solutions aligned with Circuits and Systems Society goals to help in the COVID-19 pandemic. The technologies can be geared (at low-cost for large scale application) for diagnostics, treatment, surveillance, and prevention, targeted for specific communities (such as nursing homes, refugee camps, etc.).
The competition will take place as a virtual event. The startups submit their demonstration videos (at most 10 minutes) showing the main achievement, business applicability, and scalability in the current pandemic, business model, the relevance to the Circuits and Systems Technical Strategic Areas. The judging panel consisting of the CASS experts, venture capitalists, and doctors from all over the world select the winners.
The winning teams were invited to join ISCAS 2020 in Seville (11-14 October 2020) to receive their award and provide a live demo. CASS provided grants of $10000 USD for the top selected idea and $5000 USD for two runners up ideas. CASS has allowed them to use the society logo as an endorsement to the selected ideas. To help the startups scale and initiate business, CASS will be providing mentoring from the CAS society experts in the field and the committee members including doctors and venture capitalists.
Young startups working for technology-based solutions to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Business applicability and scalability in the current pandemic
The relevance to the circuits and systems technical strategic areas
1-31 May 2020: Competition registration
22 July 2020: Deadline extended for uploading video and report
30 August 2020: Winner announced
October 2020: Live demonstration of the winners during ISCAS 2020
Philippe Royannez, Intel Singapore, Committee Chair
Navneet Gupta, Committee Vice Chair
Prof. Dr. Thomas Straub, Prof. International Management, GSEM - University of Geneva
Enric Jané, Independent Consultant Gates Ventures, Founder - Global Health and Development Consulting
Andy Chen, Founding General Partner REDDS Capital, 2020 IEEE TEMS President