The U.S. Naval War College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) PKG Center’s Social Impact Internships Program have developed the "Urban Outbreak Virtual Online Simulation." This simulation offers a first-person experience of an infectious disease outbreak response. The simulation is free of charge, and users navigate the challenges of deploying to disease outbreak locations and making decisions on effective cooperative strategies with key stakeholders by assessing priorities for the humanitarian response.
In September 2019, a humanitarian response wargame “Urban Outbreak 2019” was held at the Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Lab (APL) in Maryland. Co-sponsored by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences - National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, APL and the U.S. Naval War College, the game brought together 50 experts from five different sectors who averaged 10 years of humanitarian response experience. Over two days they gamed an infectious disease outbreak response in a notional mega-city with a population of 21 million people. The city, referred to as Olympia, resides in the fictitious developing nation of Olympus. "Urban Outbreak Virtual Online Simulation" is designed to closely replicate parts of "Urban Outbreak 2019."Explore Simulation