The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) have announced the grand prize winner of its $300,000 Hidden Signals Challenge.
The prize competition, issued in collaboration with the Office of Health Affairs National Biosurveillance Integration Center (NBIC), called for the design of an early warning system to keep communities safe by using existing data sources to uncover emerging biothreats.
The Computational Epidemiology Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital will receive the grand prize of $150,000 for their proposed solution called Pandemic Pulse.
This system provides a dashboard that integrates Twitter and Google Search data with infectious disease monitoring tools, Flu Near You and HealthMap, to detect biothreat signals.
(Learn More. Flu Near You is a project of HealthMap of Boston Children’s Hospital and the Skoll Global Threats Fund. Courtesy of HealthMap and YouTube. Posted on Mar 8, 2013)