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UGA COVID-19 Virtual Design Sprint

COVID-19 Virtual Design Sprint

The recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and the disease it causes (COVID-19) is having a pronounced effect on the world as we know it. The University of Georgia has been impacted, from student instruction being shifted to remote learning, graduate student and faculty research being suspended, to essential staff who are still needed on campus to keep the university running.

In an unprecedented time, many have risen up to address the challenges faced by the world, and the University of Georgia would like to offer the opportunity for its students to focus their skills and creativity into creating innovative solutions for these challenges through the COVID19 Virtual Design Sprint. This five-week program is aimed at identifying problems and quickly developing solutions.

Who can participate?

Any student enrolled at UGA.

How big are the teams? 

We expect teams to be 3-6 people.

What’s my time commitment?  

Each week on Monday we will hold a 1-hour session from 5-6PM with subject matter experts.  If this doesn’t work for your schedule, sessions will be recorded, but having at least some team members attend to ask questions would be tremendously helpful.

Which disciplines can participate?

We encourage students of all levels and disciplines to participate!


Sprint Schedule:

Week of April 13:

Week of April 20:

Week of April 27:

April 30 to May 6:

Week of May 11:

May 18:


Challenges from Subject Matter Experts / Team Formation

Defining the Need


Finals Week – No Sessions!

Pitch Preparation/Prototyping

Design Pitch


Prizes for teams with the best pitches

Opportunities to continue your product development in an entrepreneurship or accelerator program through the UGA ENTR or UGA I-Corps

Sponsored by:

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