Call for Code Spot Challenge:
Mental health in a time of crisis
IBM came together with its partners Anthem, Inc., Beacon Health Options, XPRIZE, and the EMPOWER Collaborative to offer a data-driven challenge addressing mental health. After receiving a number of high quality submissions, we are excited to announce Team UMUT from North Carolina State University is the winner!
COVID-19 affects us all, but not all in the same way!
COVID-19 has reached nearly every corner of the planet and continues to spread at a swift pace, upending our daily lives and leaving us with feelings of uncertainty and anxiety.
Living through a pandemic
Immediate action taken by the government and large organizations in the medical field have been focused on crisis mitigation: slowing the spread of the virus, finding and distributing tests, extending access to telehealth services, and expediting vaccine development. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that the psychological effects of this pandemic will impact every person at all levels of our communities. The experience of living through a pandemic will impact each of us differently, depending on countless factors, such as race, ethnicity, financial situation, access to and quality of health care received, community, social and familial support, and age. The ongoing turmoil and constant stressors present in our daily lives will have immediate and long-lasting mental health effects. Therefore, we cannot ignore the widespread mental health repercussions this pandemic will create.
Solutions could be prototypes or models, but must address mental health and well-being using real data.
The solutions should be such that they can be extended and expanded upon. You will be judged based on:
- Completeness and transferability
- Effectiveness and efficiency
- Design and usability
- Creativity and innovation
Building for users:
Make sure you have a clear user in mind!
- Health care providers and front-line workers (clinician burnout)
- Low-income communities (lack of local resources, greater economic instability)
- Patient experiences (isolation, recovery)
- General civilian population (fear of public spaces, returning to work, navigating new social norms)
How it works
In this Call for Code Spot Challenge, you will work in teams of 4-5 people to address issues of mental health due to crises by analyzing data sets.
Here are some helpful resources you can use to make the most of your project
Frequently Asked Questions
Anthem takes the privacy and security of its data and the personal information of consumers very seriously. We are committed to safeguarding our members’ data, including their Protected Health Information (PHI) and Personally Identifiable Information (PII). No identifiable Anthem member data is used in the Data Collaborative.