COVID-19 Detect and Protect Challenge Invites Applications for COVID-19 Solutions in Developing Countries

The United Nations Development Programme Centre for Technology, Innovation, and Sustainable Development, in partnership with, has announced the COVID-19 Detect and Protect Challenge.

Through the program, hardware and software developers, product designers, scientists, hackers, makers, and innovators are encouraged come together to develop an easy-to-replicate, low-cost, open-source solutions to the detection of and/or protection against COVID-19 in developing countries. 

The challenge consists of three priority actions: 1) design a replicable, low-cost tool to aid in coronavirus detection; 2) flatten the curve in communities in developing countries with a preventive solution; and 3) reduce the disease's impact on economies in vulnerable areas.

A panel of judges will review and select the top ten open-source solutions, and the winners will receive global recognition and prizes and awards totaling up to $25,000 for their contribution to society and humankind. Teams may not have more than five members.

To be eligible, applicants must be age 13 or older, and may not be residents of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, or Syria.

See the COVID-19 Detect and Protect Challenge website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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Deadline: June 30, 2020