Todd presented O2 during the 2019 International Baccalaureate Global Conference in New Orleans, and wrote a blog post about the project, available at the IB blog. IB is one of the organizations supporting the development of O2.


sma outbreak 2019

March 14, 2019

The 2019 outbreak simulation at Sarasota Military Academy Prep school involved 180 students who had to stop the outbreak while keeping the economy and other aspects of society running. This newspaper story from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune covers the event, and this new video includes interviews to Todd and Pardis.

Op-Ed on Wired

March 13, 2019

This opinion article published on Wired magazine gives an overview of the O2 project, its goals, and argues about the importance of these kind of initiatives in STEM education and outbreak preparation.

Toshiba STEM grant

January 23, 2019

We received the Grades 6-12 STEM education grant from Toshiba America Foundation to purchase Bluetooth beacons and software support from Estimote. This will expand the simulation with the addition of items such as infectious sources, face masks, vaccines, and others. Read more about TAF grants here.

SMA Outbreak 2018

March 23, 2018

During the 2018 edition of the SMA outbreak, we introduced the mobile app that spreads the pathogen over Bluetooth, using the p2pkit SDK to enable peer-to-peer communication. See this video documenting the event.

L’Oréal Women in Science grant

September 26, 2017

Dr Pardis Sabeti was awarded one of ten L’Oréal USA For Women in Science grants to team up with Sarasota Military Academy Prep to fund the integration of STEM technology into the Outbreak simulation activity. Read the press release.

Voya Unsung Heroes grant

October 11, 2017

Sarasota Military Academy Prep school received the Voya Unsung Heroes grant to develop the Outbreak simulation project. Read the press release.


March 11, 2016

The first Outbreak simulation was conducted at Sarasota Military Academy Prep in 2016. Read the news coverage.