Open innovation — from challenges and hackathons to open data projects and open-source hardware — have the potential to deliver breakthrough solutions laid bare by COVID-19 and the virus that causes it.

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Here’s how we define categories in the table above:

Accelerators. A cohort-based (and often fixed-term) program to accelerate progression of solutions.

Challenges and competitions. A competitive, time-constrained program that offers some form of incentive.

Crowdsourcing and volunteer networks. An initiative that collects and shares talent, expertise, and/or solutions.

Funding and matching. A program that offers funding or non-monetary opportunities (for example, mentorship, technical assistance, or jobs), including facilitation of connections between innovators and funders.

Hackathons. A synchronous event for collaborative problem solving.

Open data, open research, and information sharing. A dataset or resource that is freely available (via API, database, repository, etc.) for people to use and build upon.

Open-source hardware and software. A product or service that is made freely and openly available, and may be distributed or modified.