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Combat Zika and other Future Threats at your Local Community Event

The USAID Grand Challenge is a great opportunity for us to join together also offline to organize and share solutions and expertise for combating Zika and future health security threats. 

We invite you to organize your own event or attend before the end of the Grand Challenge on June 17! Here's how:


  1. Complete this form to tell us about your event and we will build a list below to share with the wider community.
  2. Use Eventbrite (or a similar service) to set up an event page and allow guests to register. (We've included sample text below!)
  3. Invite health security innovators, friends and others in your community to talk about their work
  4. Schedule time during your event to hear stories from local innovators and brainstorm to support them
  5. Download the Ideas Template. Share photos and ideas by tweeting them to @OpenIDEO.

FINDing an event

  1. Social Media: Start by following thought leaders and organizations that are at the forefront of this challenge such as the USAID or the CDC on platforms like Twitter and Facebook. You can also search on these platforms using hashtags like #zika and stay in the loop for upcoming events and news.
  2. Events Platforms: Search using keywords like 'zika' or 'zika virus' or health security on platforms  like Eventbrite, Meetup, and Facebook. These platforms are also great channels to promote your own event! 
  3. Local University: Find out at your local universities are doing in global health, public health and medicine. They usually have Events pages that you can visit and professors that may already be connected.  
  4. Search: These events are constantly happening and can also be found with keywords on search engines like Google. You can also look below for eventscreated by the OpenIDEO community! 


Here is where we will host the events that you create!

SAMPLE TEXT for event organizers:

We have created sample text below:

As part of OpenIDEO's Combat Zika and Future Threats Challenge, join us for a unique event to support innovation to combat Zika and future threats. Some of us our working on the OpenIDEO platform to create and iterate on our ideas while others want to learn more about the wider challenges in our global health security.

OpenIDEO Meetups around the world are events to #combatzika. We'll hear from local innovators and brainstorm ways we can support solutions for the challenge.  Follow us on social media @openIDEO #combatzika.

  • 6:00pm Networking, Drinks & Light Appetizers
  • 6:30pm Climate Innovator Presentations
  • 7:15pm Brainstorm: How might we support more climate innovation?
  • 8:00pm Discussion

Join us as we unite for climate change. #combatzika.