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Spread the News—HHS Innovation Challenge ($21,000 Prize): Develop a Web-Based App that Tracks Twitter Data to Identify Trending Illnesses

HHS Innovation Challenge ($21K Prize): “Now Trending #Health In My Community”

Keep your Community Healthy!

  • Leverage open source Twitter data to find illnesses being discussed
  • Select a geographic area of interest
  • Generate a daily list of the top 5 trending illnesses for state and local health departments

Join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) in it’s newest innovation challenge competition. Develop and submit a web-based application that tracks Twitter to identify trending illnesses. The person or team developing the best application will receive $21,000 from ASPR as well as a $1,000 travel stipend to attend an event announcing the winner. In addition, the winner will be invited to present the winning tool at a Fusion Forum, a discussion series sponsored by ASPR’s Fusion Cell for State and local health officials, to help identify pioneering ways to move from open source information into use as a public health response. The winning application will also be made available to state, territorial, tribal and local health agencies across the Nation for use in their communities! Submissions must be received by June 1, 2012 to ensure winner(s) are announced by September 10, 2012.

More information is provided at the official challenge website located at: http://www.nowtrendingchallenge.com/

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