Challenge the COVID Effect: Using Data to Beat the Odds

Challenge the COVID Effect: Using Data to Beat the Odds



About Event

The effect of the Coronavirus pandemic is evident in all spheres of our lives. In times like these, it’s up to us to put our best skills to use to help the world recover fast and emerge stronger.

As a woman in Tech, haven’t you felt the need to be a part of a larger movement to change the world with the knowledge you possess?

Now, we’re calling all data scientists. Be a part of The HerTech Challenge with Emergent Alliance to put data analysis to use in the fight against COVID-19's effects on the economy.

The Emergent Alliance Framework is an initiative from the R2 Data Labs to understand the new normal. Here, women data scientists can collaborate with other experts in data analysis from across the world to help create solutions that break the downward COVID spiral.

The challenge comprises three stages:

  1. Data aggregation: Integrate data sources from Emergent Alliance partners at to generate relevant and mutually-beneficial insights
  2. Modelling: Build forecasting models from data collected from Emergent Alliance partners or open-source data
  3. Presenting cause-effect relationships: Understanding how to intervene and achieve the desired effect given your generated model of cause and effect

Some Emergent Alliance partners are already working on forecasting models for the number of days between new cases doubling, and how different nations are responding.

We invite you to create your own model to predict how your city, your region, the country or the world is going to change post-COVID, and what we can do about it.

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Why you should be a part of this challenge?

This challenge is a platform for women in Tech to take center stage and tackle the effects of this global pandemic. We believe that your Tech skills are not only your tools to a better career, but also the tools to build a better future for everyone. 

It is an opportunity for talented women in Tech who are eager to make their mark to share their ideas and come together to innovate. This is your chance to give shape to your vision for the new normal in a post-COVID world.



This challenge is a step forward to tackling the biggest challenge that is impacting humanity at this time. 

The chance to collaborate with global partners to create solutions and have your work evaluated by some of the greatest Tech influencers of our world is its own reward. 


Register for this one-of-a-kind challenge today and get ready to shape the future.


Pricing & Venue



  21st May 2020 to 31st Oct 2020

  5:28pm to 6:00pm


Q. Is this a women-only challenge?

A. Absolutely! Only women can participate in this challenge. We know that women can and will come up with brilliant ideas solutions


Q. Is there an entry fee to take part in this challenge?

A. No, participation is free for the HerTech Challenge with Rolls-Royce Emer2gent Alliance Initiative for registered members of HerTech.


Q. Do I need to have any specific qualifications to be a participant for the challenge?

A. The challenge calls for skills in data analysis, forecasting and modelling. Some amount of coding will be required. If you need help with coding, you can network with other members of HerTech who would be interested in joining your team. Or, better yet, get your women coder friends to register for HerTech and dive into the challenge together.


Q. Do we need to have the entire idea fully working?

A. The problem with the COVID crisis is that it is unfolding on a daily basis, so the solution will have to be dynamic as well. The jury will need to see something that they can evaluate to establish the feasibility of the solution. Therefore, try to work towards a logical presentation of the solution and define the problem statement as clearly as you can. The more complete it is, the better we can evaluate.


Q. Does one have to be online and available for the entire duration of the challenge?

A. We are giving you the flexibility of working offline / online / on the phone /collaboration software with your team members during the challenge. You can submit your solutions anytime within the timeframe given.


Q. Does one have to use data created for the challenge by Emer2gent Alliance partners, or can one use publicly available open-source data?

A. There are no restrictions on the kind of data you can use; after all, all data is useful if you can analyse it to craft a solution. Many Emer2gent Alliance partners have accumulated data and are looking for partners to help them create models. If you don’t have access to data, you can always reach out across the Emer2gent Framework network to collaborate with them. Else, you can choose the data you already have. In each case, the source of the data must be clearly attributed to.


Q. Do I need to give a demo for the product that I have built?

A. We will inform the teams once the submissions are done on the next steps. Closer to the event, we will provide you with more clarity on how your models and solutions can be presented. Our jury will ensure that they are also ready to handle such volume and at the same time ensure that it works best for you as well.


Q. Who will own the Intellectual Property Rights to my final product?

A. It is yours. You are the solution creator and you will have all rights and own the IP of the product. However, all code needs to be in the public domain (open-source) for it to be evaluated by the judges.

Terms & Conditions

1. This challenge is open to all women who register for HerTech

2. Participants can begin from stage 1 or 2

3. Submissions will be accepted only from members of HerTech in single or group efforts

4. Your submission should have the following details:

- Name of the solution

- Description 

- Link to publicly-accessible GitHub/GitLab/Box repository for the jury to evaluate your source code

- Your email address(es) 

- Each team member needs to be registered for HerTech 

- You can only be part of one team and your team can only submit one application