Swiss Re joins The Trinity Challenge putting its data and analytics platform at the service of global health

29 October 2020 — Cosmin CONCEATU
Swiss Re is joining The Trinity Challenge, a global coalition that aims to better predict and prevent outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics by harnessing the power of data and analytics. Swiss Re has integrated COVID-19 related health, economic and social data in one unique platform: the Risk Resilience Center.

As a contribution in kind, the pioneering Swiss Re platform is being opened to participants of The Trinity Challenge. It enables advanced analyses of COVID-19 metrics and their connection with the status of countries' medical systems, business or travel activity - in short, with the economy at large.

By becoming a member of The Trinity Challenge, Swiss Re is joining leaders across the academic, non-profit and private sectors including Google, Microsoft and Facebook, GlaxoSmithKline, McKinsey & Company, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London. The Trinity Challenge aims to develop ideas and tools for tackling the three stages of infectious disease emergencies - identification, response and recovery.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Swiss Re, in collaboration with leading big data analytics company Palantir Technologies, has been integrating relevant data sources related to COVID-19's health, economic and social dimensions (such as aggregate mobility and behavioural patterns) on one platform: the Risk Resilience Center.

The platform provides access to the world's richest data on COVID-19, integrating publicly available global data from 100+ sources. It is global in coverage, granular in depth, and continuously enriched. Swiss Re will make the data assets and analytics tools available to The Trinity Challenge participants based on their specific research topics.

Ian Haycock, Chief Data Officer at Swiss Re, said:

"As one of the world's leading tech- and data-enabled reinsurers we have been using data to make the world more resilient for more than 150 years. We are proud to build on this legacy by opening our pioneering Risk Resilience Center for the benefit of global health. It typically takes weeks to have data integrated and curated - our platform updates, checks and transforms datasets automatically and multiple times per hour, with a continuous flow of incoming data, allowing for cross-country comparisons and drilldowns on states and regions. Equipped with these cutting-edge capabilities, The Trinity Challenge participants can analyse the spread of a pandemic, the economic impact of lockdowns or the success of behavioural changes like wearing a mask in limiting further infection."

Dame Sally Davies, Master of Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, former Chief Medical Officer of England and Convenor of The Trinity Challenge, said:

"Having access to this wealth of data and analytics creates a tremendous opportunity for academics, researchers and analysts. It provides the basis for new modelling, ground-breaking analyses and actionable solutions. We invite researchers and analysts from the public and private sector to apply to join the Challenge, work with Swiss Re and Palantir, and make their insights available as global public goods."

Organisations and individuals from the areas of data science, public health, economics, epidemiology, and industry who would like to learn more or are interested in participating in The Trinity Challenge can visit

Formal applications opened on 12 October and successful submissions will compete for a prize of GBP 10 million to be awarded in May 2021.


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