The Pandemic Data Room is a comprehensive global COVID-19 data repository led by QED Group to improve the understanding of the impact of physical distancing policies on social behavior, disease rates, hospital utilization, and local/national economies.
We aim to bring amazing talent to work on the data and develop insights that can benefit the global community’s work to understand and control the spread of this pandemic. Through the Pandemic Data Room, participants will have access to a unique compilation of data from a wide variety of public sources plus original behavioral surveys and social media compilations. Additionally, QED has partnered with incredible organizations, including Georgetown University, Medstar, Amazon, University of Virginia, University of Arkansas, AAU Ethiopia, Makerere University, Delhi University, Tableau and others, to ensure this initiative brings amazing talent to these robust resources.
These partners hosted the first Data Challenge April 13 through May 3, 2020, to inspire data scientists, economists, global health experts, and others to crowdsource data analysis and create visualization tools to generate insights that could lead to a better understanding of the impact of physical distancing and the outbreak. Winning entries will be selected from the more than 90 submissions and announced May 12, 2020.
There are several high-profile judges involved that have graciously agreed to lend their expertise to this first Data Challenge:
In order that the Pandemic Data Room best reflects questions being asked among the global health and international development communities, we have created a portal where people can pose questions on COVID-19 they are looking to get answered. This question portal will be available to Data Challenge participants and they can use it to generate ideas in creating compelling visualization and analysis tools. Please visit the portal here.
Both students and professionals are encouraged to participate using the COVID-19 Data Challenge data resource. For each track, submissions are judged separately and prizes (1st Place $2000, 2nd Place $1500, 3rd Place $1000, Honorable Mentions $100) are awarded.
Contribute to the Pandemic Data Room by submitting a new data source request in this Google Form. We will evaluate your data source and get back to you soon!
For more information on the Pandemic Data Room and Data Challenge, go to https://bit.ly/PandemicDataRoom.
Update: We are proud to announce the winners of the Pandemic Data Challenge! We received numerous submissions from several different countries. We would like to thank you for your participation and support.
Winners in the Professional Track:
Winners in the Student Track: