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About the Competition

Case competitions are increasing popular around the world as a way for students to exercise critical thinking skills using a “real world” challenge. For this international, virtual competition, teams of 4-6 students will receive a challenge relating to a pressing global health problem. Teams will be given up to ten weeks to prepare a video of up to 10 minutes in English proposing a realistic, well-designed, innovative solution to the challenge. Teams will save their videos on YouTube or Vimeo and submit the link via email for judging by an international panel of APRU Global Health Program members and other global expert judges.

Three videos will be chosen by an international panel of judges for the final round, which will be held as part of the 2021 APRU GH annual conference. The winning team will be announced at the conference and a prize of US$1,000 will be awarded.

The 2021 APRU Virtual Global Health Case Competition is hosted by the APRU Global Health Program in partnership with Amazon Web Services.


Challenge: Technology-Driven Solutions to the COVID-19 Infodemic

This challenge focuses on addressing the massive amount of misinformation that has quickly spread throughout the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, with dramatic negative personal and societal consequences. Discerning what is accurate scientific content versus what is fabricated or simply a rumor can be challenging. By employing a multidisciplinary approach, teams will build an intervention to reduce the spread of misinformation and increase health literacy in one Asia-Pacific country. The focus of the intervention is the development or adaptation of a technology-driven tool. 

View the background of the challenge and instructions here.



  • June 1– Deadline for universities to register teams

(teams registering after April 2 will still only have until June 11 to submit their videos)

  • June 11– Final video submissions due by 11:59 pm Pacific Time
  • August 1– Three finalist teams announced via email
  • Nov 18– Final judging of competition held during the APRU Global Health annual conference.

Scores will include the judges scores (50% weight) combined with the combined votes from the conference participants (50%). Only registered conference participants will be eligible to vote.


Top 10% of the Entries (in no order)

  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong (ACES)
  • The University of Hong Kong (Extreme Dream Quarantine team)
  • Brunel University London (The Optimisers)
  • Nanyang Technological University (SASHinc)
  • Xian Jiaotong University (The Plague Killers)
  • New Era University (The Synergist)
  • The University of British Columbia (Team LFS)
  • Gachon University (mAIghty)
  • University of the Philippines (UP Mediasina)
  • Korea University (KUrious)
  • The University of Hong Kong (Healthi-ers)
  • Nanyang Technological University (NTU SciCoTics)



APRU Disclaimer: The views, information, or opinions expressed during the APRU Global Health Student Case Competition 2021 are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (“APRU”) and its employees.  APRU is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy any of the information contained in the series.