Trust in Pandemic Tech

August, September and October

Trusted Pandemic Tech

The mission of the MIT Program for Trusted Pandemic Technologies is to help public health professionals rapidly overcome challenging barriers they encounter as they engage citizens as active participants in digital solutions for fighting COVID-19 and future pandemics.

The initial focus of the program will be to work with state public health officials as they design and deploy exposure notification and digital contact tracing for COVID-19. Subsequent initiatives under consideration include surveillance/monitoring and predictive modeling so that we as a society are much better prepared for future pandemics.

The founding belief of the program is that when it comes to engaging citizens in a quest for the common good, especially public health, trust at all levels and among all participants is mandatory for success.

The biggest challenges in designing digital solutions which engage citizens are human and societal as well as technologic. The program therefore functions as a tight collaboration among experts from a variety of disciplines. These include information science, public health, biotechnology, behavioral economics and public policy.

To accomplish its mission the program will function as a totally open and neutral venue that partners with government, academia and industry to advance basic knowledge as well as accelerate the practical and application of that knowledge to solutions that save lives and reduce human suffering.



Ramesh Raskar

Professor, MIT Media Lab

David Kong

Director, Community Biotechnology Initiative, MIT Media Lab

Lily Tsai

Ford Professor of Political Science and Director of MIT GOV/LAB

Congressman Bill Foster

Chair of Taskforce on AI and Congressional Hearing on Contact Tracing

Tate Ryan-Mosley

MIT Tech Review

Peko Hosoi

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and associate dean of engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Marc Zissman

MIT Lincoln Labs

Gary Hatke

MIT Lincoln Labs

Omid Sadjadi

NIST BlueTooth Challenge

David Eaves

Harvard Kennedy School

James Joshi


Adam Berrey

PathCheck Foundation, President

Don Rucker

National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Jeff Jaffe


John Halamka

President of Mayo Clinic Platform

Kevin Esvelt

Assistant Professor, MIT Media Lab

Landon Cox


Luca Ferretti

Big Data Institute, (Author of most cited digital contact tracing paper from University of Oxford)

Suraj Kapa

Mayo Clinic college of medicine

Thomas Kingsley

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Wendy Seltzer


Sam Zimmerman

CTO, Pathcheck Foundation

Paresh Dave


Lina Martensson


Nate Yohannes


Jeff Day


Sue Feldman

Director and Professor. Graduate Programs in Health Informatics

Brian Rivers

Alabama, AVP-Chief Technology Officer

Rajesh Pillai

Alabama, Systems Analyst Architect

Larus Jim

SwissCovid and DP3T

Suresh Soundararajan

Chief Information Officer, Virginia Department of Health

Jeff Stover

Virginia, Director, Health Informatics & Integrated Surveillance Systems

Corey Mercy

North Carolina

Wendy-Kay Logan, Google

Google EN Express App

Randy Marsden

Apple, Special Projects Manager

Steph Hannon

Google, Senior Director of Project Management

Christopher Longhurst

CIO and Associate CMO at UC San Diego Health

Vince Munoz

Guam, Managing Partner Next Generation LLC

Mike Judd

CDC, Lead, COVID-19 Exposure Notification Initiative

And More!

Organizing Committee

Executive Program Chair:

Dawn Song UC Berkeley

Program Co-chair:

Ramesh Raskar MIT
Vivek Sharma MIT, Harvard, KIT

Program Committee:

Moti Yung Google
Andrew Trask OpenMined
Richard Janda MILA
Yun William Yu University of Toronto

Coordination Committee:

Vivek Sharma (General Chair) MIT, Harvard, KIT
Abhishek Singh MIT

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