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Ideation Challenge: Good Questions Meet Big Data

Challenge: Can you identify a human health problem that might be resolved with big data and a computational solution? Are you working on a problem that could benefit from new algorithmic solutions or improvements? Are you aware of a dataset that could be used to solve this problem or generate further ideas for solutions?

The problem must fall into the clinical and translational research realm. Topics covered might include diagnostics, therapeutics, public health, technology, or outcomes.


  • Applying human genomic data to solve a scientific challenge
  • Using epidemiologic or other data to address a public health issue
  • Using image analysis to resolve a diagnostic or therapeutic issue
  • Using data available on a government website to resolve a new question

Eligibility: Open to the public
Multiple prizes between $500 and $1500 will be awarded, up to $10,000 in total.

Sponsored and administered by Harvard Catalyst and the Crowd Innovation Laboratory at Harvard Business School. Additional funding is provided by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

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