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On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially classified COVID-19 as a pandemic. At the time, the number of confirmed cases were over 130,000 across 114 countries around the world, with the number of deaths caused by the disease over 5,000.


COVID-19 is the acronym of "coronavirus disease 2019" and is the disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus which first appeared in late 2019. According to the WHO, viral diseases like COVID-19 continue to emerge and represent a serious public health risk worldwide. In recent years we have seen the emergence of epidemics such as the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) in 2002 and H1N1 influenza in 2009.


Accurately modelling the spread of these viral diseases is critical for policymakers and health workers to take appropriate actions to contain and mitigate the impact of these disease.


This challenge asks data scientists on Zindi to accurately predict the spread of COVID-19 around the world over the next few months. Solutions will be evaluated against future data.


The effects of COVID-19 have yet to emerge as the situation is evolving rapidly. With this challenge we hope to contribute to the global body of knowledge which will help stem the impact of pandemics such as this one as well as those in the future.


This challenge is sponsored by the Artificial Intelligence for Development Africa(AI4D-Africa) Network.


About AI4D-Africa; Artificial Intelligence for Development-Africa Network: (


AI4D-Africa is a network of excellence in AI in sub-Saharan Africa. It is aimed at strengthening and developing community, scientific and technological excellence in a range of AI-related areas. It is composed of African Artificial Intelligence researchers, practitioners and policy makers.


If your solution places 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in the final ranking, you will be required to submit your winning solution code to us for verification and you thereby agree to assign all worldwide rights of copyright in and to such winning solution to Zindi.


Your solution must not infringe the rights of any third party and you must be legally entitled to assign ownership of all rights of copyright in and to the winning solution code to Zindi. Zindi will share the winning solutions on GitHub as a public good.


Individual competitors are now able to form teams on this competition. You must accept the rules associated with teaming.


Multiple accounts per user are not allowed. Collaboration across individuals not in the same team is not allowed. And collaboration across different teams that is not allowed.


Code must not be shared privately. Any code that is shared, must be made available to all competition participants through the platform.


The solution must use publicly-available, open-source packages only.


Maximum 10 solutions submitted per day. Your highest-scoring solution will be the one by which you are judged.


Prizes as follows:

  • 1st: $2,500 USD
  • 2nd: $1,500 USD
  • 3rd: $1,000 USD

About Zindi

Zindi is a data science competition platform, dedicated to solving Africa’s most pressing problems by bringing together a community of data scientists who collaborate and compete to come up with the best possible solutions.