Submission Requirements

Submissions must include a name and description with the team members, what problem the entry product solves, and under which “track” it falls. Submissions must include at least a design and a prototype, or simulation where applicable, along with a proposal of next steps, path forward, and a description of the necessary resources and plan to implement the project. Video demonstrations are encouraged and should be submitted as a link to Youtube, Vimeo, or Youku. 

Guidelines for a good video:

  • Keep it short and impactful, stay within 2 minutes!
  • Introduce yourself and your teammates.
  • What is the problem you're trying to solve?
  • How does your solution solve this problem?
  • Who benefits from your solution?
  • What is one sample use case?

We encourage submissions to include information on how the product incorporates feedback from public health officials or front-line healthcare workers.

Any and all tech stacks are welcome, but we encourage teams to build on tech stacks that are easy to scale and commonly used. Any necessary supplementary files, such as installation files or instructions, should be included with the submission as a single file or a zip. 

Rights & Display

Submissions and their associated intellectual property rights will remain under the sole or joint ownership of their inventor(s); neither Datavant nor any co-sponsors of the Pandemic Response Hackathon make any claim to ownership of submissions. Datavant encourages participants to open source their projects to both share their hacks with the greater community and to promote innovation in this space.

Datavant and the Pandemic Response Hackathon reserve the right to use all participating teams’ and individuals’ names and likenesses in any publicity statements or events, including internet and website posts or articles, regarding the Pandemic Response Hackathon, Datavant, and any event co-sponsors.

By submitting a Submission, you grant Datavant and the Pandemic Response Hackathon an irrevocable, royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide right and license to use, distribute to the public, and publicly display and perform your Submission in any media, for any non-commercial or commercial purpose. 

Your Submission may be posted on a public website. We are not responsible for any unauthorized use of your Submission by visitors to this website.

You will not receive any compensation or credit for the above use of your Submission, other than what is described in these Official Rules.

By entering you acknowledge that we may have developed or commissioned materials similar or identical to your Submission and you waive any claims resulting from any similarities to your Submission. Further you understand that we will not restrict work assignments of representatives who have had access to your Submission.

Code of Conduct

We expect all participants to follow high ethical standards. Show respect to all participants, attempt collaboration before conflict, and refrain from demeaning comments.

This is a harassment-free event for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. If you're aware of any harassment, please report it immediately to event organizers. 


Void where prohibited or restricted by law, and void in countries/regions under sanctions by the United States, including Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.

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