Columbia Design Challenge: Confronting the Ebola Crisis
The Mailman School of Public Health and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science are sponsoring a Design Challenge to conceive low-cost technology-driven (including both software and hardware) solutions to meet the tremendous challenges posed by the Ebola Crisis. The goal of this rapid-fire, highly focused and intense Design Challenge will be to produce a credible design-concept (or rough prototype, if possible) to win continued support toward rapid development of a technology-driven solution (within approximately one to two months).
We invite students, postdocs, faculty, and staff from all schools to participate.
The Design Challenge will be organized as follows:
Thursday, October 2
5:00 – 7:00 PM
CEPSR 412 (Schapiro Building; Center for Engineering and Physical Science Research)
A summary of the current state of the Ebola crisis and a description of a small number of specific challenges for which low-cost technology solutions could have an immediate impact—ranging from addressing contamination and decontamination, to communications, to transportation and logistics.
Pizza and refreshments provided immediately outside Davis Auditorium
7:00 PM – onwards
Teaming sessions organized around specific challenge topics, resulting in preliminary design concepts
The discussions and design sessions of this design challenge are considered Columbia only and do not constitute Public Disclosure: By attending these proceedings, you agree to treat all subject matter related to solutions to the issues discussed or described during the proceedings—whether in the form of conversations, presentations, or otherwise—as confidential.
Friday, October 3
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Costa Engineering Commons (CEPSR 750)
Breakout design sessions in which teams continue to formulate and refine initial designs and prepare proposals/pitches to address one of the specific challenges
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Expert Review Panel
Christopher Aston, Senior Biological Safety Officer, Columbia University
Mary C. Boyce, Dean, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University
Aderemi Dosunmu, Biology Safety Officer, Columbia University
Wafaa M. El-Sadr, University Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University
E. Yoko Furuya, Medical Director of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Sanat Kumar, Professor of Chemical Engineering, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University
Stephen Morse, Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University Medical Center
Mark Scovill, Director of Naval ROTC, Columbia University and Captain, U.S. Navy
Christopher Tan, Scientific Technician, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
Saturday, October 4 through Thursday, October 9
Teams continue to refine initial designs; begin implementation of proposals; order and purchase materials as needed for prototyping of selected pitches; and continue iteration of designs.
Partial support—both resources and advising—will be available to kickstart designs deemed promising during Friday’s expert pitch events.
If you have any interest in help patenting anything you build at this event, or if you have any questions about IP more generally, we encourage you to check out the Columbia IP FAQ for students or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, October 9 (afternoon) through Tuesday, October 14
Rooms to be announced
Continue implementation of designs including building hardware and software solutions; the goal is to produce a credible demonstration of the design-concept. Labs and makerspaces to be announced.
Wednesday, October 15
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Friedman Conference Room, 520 Mudd
Presentation of minimum viable solutions—hardware and software—to panel of Columbia and external experts. The panel will identify leading design concepts for continued development of deployable solutions.