Seeking health security forecasters for a collective intelligence project

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security is launching the second round of its public health intelligence crowd-sourcing effort this week. Volunteer predictors are needed to thoughtfully answer a set of forecasting questions on a weekly basis through December 2019 via the Collective Intelligence for Disease Prediction platform. The researchers need you (and your public health colleagues) to make predictions about future outbreaks and other related events. This project aims to prove that crowd-sourced forecasting can provide public health leaders with data to help inform decisions on preparedness, response policies, and interventions.

Participation is open to public health experts, doctors, epidemiologists, modelers, risk experts, vector control officials, individuals with on-the-ground understanding of conditions surrounding disease outbreaks, and others who are interested in outbreaks.The goal is to develop a prediction tool that provides useful, real-time predictive information to health security leaders responsible for preparing for, preventing, and responding to emerging infectious diseases and epidemics. All data collected will be used for research purposes and will not reveal any individually identifiable information.

Sign up today on the the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security's Disease Prediction website.

The five highest-rated forecasters over the course of the project will receive a monetary prize. A live leaderboard and more information on purpose, methods, scoring, and prizes are also available here.