Return Safe App Instructions

The Aspen Institute regards the health and safety of its staff and participants as our highest priority and is committed to doing its part to end the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, please find our COVID-19 protocols to attend the event below.

All attendees will be required to show they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 via the Return Safe App (unless exempt from this requirement). 

  • Exemptions for the following reasons:
    • You have a disability, are pregnant or nursing, and/or have a medical condition which prevents you from getting vaccinated
    • You have objections to vaccination based on religious beliefs
    • You do not yet have access to the vaccine

If exempt, rapid tests will be required prior to entering the event space and showing a negative result before entry, as well as wearing a mask at all times (except during meal times) will be required.

The Institute is using the ReturnSafe app to capture, track, and securely store attendees’ volunteered vaccination and negative rapid test data.

Please follow these steps to install and use the app:

iOS users

Android users

Web (Mobile or Desktop/Laptop)

To use the app, you will need the following information:

  • Workspace: aspeninstitute
  • Program Host or Group: Aspen Challenge
  • Event name: AC: New Orleans Challenge Forum
  • Event Start Date: April 28, 2022
  • After providing your contact information, you will be asked a series of questions about your vaccination status and can volunteer to upload your vaccine documentation as verification.

Please bring your mobile device to the event to show you are cleared to attend.

For participating teams (students & educators) if exempt from the COVID 19 Vaccine- you will be asked to take an at-home COVID-19 rapid test within 24 hours prior to the event (Wednesday, April 27 between 8am – 7pm).  All rapid tests will be mailed to your coach, and you will be required to submit your negative test result via the app the evening before.  You will not be able to take the arranged bus transportation from your school to the event unless you have completed Return Safe with either a picture of your vaccine card or the rapid test and uploaded it into Return Safe.

For event guests, judges and speakers, please complete Return Safe with your vaccine information or you will be required to complete a rapid test onsite.  We will have a testing service at the entrance of Studio Be.  Please plan to arrive at the venue 15 minutes before to complete the test before entering the event.

Lastly, please note, any unvaccinated guests will be required to wear a mask at all times indoors, except when actively eating and drinking.  Masks will be provided upon entry.

If you have any additional questions regarding our policies, the app, or testing please contact Cara Minardi at

Thank you for your cooperation!