THE UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME CENTRE FOR TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCES THE COVID-19 DETECT AND PROTECT CHALLENGE.
The UNDP is calling on Hackster's global community to support developing countries through the sharing and transfer of open source technology. This challenge has three priority actions:
- Design replicable, low-cost tools and resources to aid viral detection
- Flatten the curve in communities with preventive solutions
- Reduce the disease's impact on the economies of these vulnerable areas
This extraordinary global situation demands a global response. As an answer, the UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation, and Sustainable Development and Hackster.io are joining forces with the world’s brightest technology companies. We are calling on hardware and software developers, product designers, scientists, hackers, makers, and innovators to come together to work for those who will be hardest hit by this pandemic.
As COVID-19 has shown, challenge and crisis cross borders – impacting everywhere on Earth. However, innovation and ingenuity are also not constrained by geography. The COVID-19 Detect and Protect Challenge is an opportunity to find and apply the best and brightest of humanity, wherever it may be found.
- The deadline for entries is June 30th and will be extended only if necessary.
- Qualified submissions will be fully shared and open throughout the contest.
- Project teams are welcomed and not limited to any number.
- We are seeking open source ideas that are easy to use, build, replicated, and iterated.
- Hackster and UNDP will work with at-risk communities to deliver the hardware, services, tools, materials, and funding they need to bring some of the best ideas to life.
Harness your skills to aid citizens and healthcare providers with everyday tools that support the diagnosis of the coronavirus and future outbreaks. Computer vision thermometers, smart oximeters, cloud-based heatmaps and apps, data science-backed insight, open-source hardware, or advanced computational models — all are welcome.
Imagine and invent apparatuses that help slow down the spread of the disease. 3D-printable protective equipment, easy-to-assemble hand sanitizing dispensers, public alerts, mass broadcasting tools, contamination monitoring, rapid face mask production with advanced or everyday materials — there are no limits.
This challenge was made possible by our extraordinary partners. Thank you!
Follow this challenge on Twitter for the latest news #COVID19DetectProtect
Our panel of judges will pick the best qualifying 10 projects on a rolling basis. Winners will be notified and posted in the discussion tab. Please review the judging criteria outlined in the rules section before submitting.
Impact Prize - Bonus
Our judges and Co-Sponsors have been so impressed by the record-breaking number of submissions, we wanted to ensure there were more chances for the best projects to be recognized. We've added 10 more prizes focused on General Impact!
Each winner will receive a balenaFin developer kit, Soracom Global SIM card with $50 in credits, and a $100 electronic VISA gift card.
The UNDP COVID-19 Detect and Protect Award
UNDP recognition badge and certificate, NXP HoverGames drone and telemetry radio, and $1,000 Visa gift card
The Hackster Impact Detect Award
A Hackster Impact recognition badge, an NVIDIA Jetson Kit, a Soracom Global SIM card with $50 in credits, and a $100 Visa gift card.
The Hackster Impact Protect Award
A Hackster Impact recognition badge, Coral Dev Board from Google, a Soracom Global SIM card with $50 in credits, and a $100 Visa gift card.
Limor “Ladyada” Fried - Founder and CEO, Adafruit
Massimo Banzi - Co-Founder, Arduino
Wienke Giezeman - CEO & Co-founder, The Things Industries
Janine Civitate - Policy Specialist: Community and Network Management, UNDP
Eric Wong - Internal Medicine Physician, Suburban Community Hospital
Bradley Busetto - Director, UNDP Global Centre on Tech, Innovation and Sustainability
Calum Handforth - Digitalization and Smart Cities Advisor, UNDP
Fran Baker - Social Innovation, Partnerships, Technology & Sustainability, ARM
Kiki Karakatsani - Global IoT Sales & Marketing Leader, Microsoft
Zach Shelby - Co-founder and CEO, Edge Impulse
Scott Miller - CEO, Dragon Innovation & Partner, BOLT
Ben Strahan - Global Marketing Strategist, SORACOM
Kalyan Vadrevu - Developer Marketing Manager, NVIDIA
- Donate Spare Compute Capacity to Support COVID-19 Research
- Fighting COVID-19 With Fold@Home and Rosetta@Home - Dr. Lloyd Watts
- HPC on AWS for COVID-19 Research and Development
- Raspberry Pi Powered Ventilators
- Wet Markets and Animal Bourne Diseases
- NVIDIA COVID-19 for Research Tools
- AWS COVID-19 Diagnostics, Research, and Testing Tools
- The Arduino "Combating COVID-19" Conference
- Hackster.io #COVID19 Open Source Projects Collection
- 3D-Printed Face Shields for Medics and Professionals by Prusa3D
- Detecting COVID-19 Images with Keras, TensorFlow, and Deep Learning
- Funding for COVID-19 Related Startups
- #digitalprinciples for Open and Sustainable Design
- Google COVID-19 Data and Tools
- Github COVID-19 Repositories
- Coronavirus Tech Handbook
- OVIO - Open Source Software and Data Projects
- 3D Printing Resources from FormLabs
- Genomics Health Open Source COVID-19 Test Design and Protocols
- Ponoko $1M Credits Program – Up to 70% Off Laser
- Chooch Waives All Licensing Fees for R&D on Its Visual AI Platform
- Apple & Google's new social tracing technology
- MIT Articles for Understanding Pandemics and Epidemiology
- Neocortix Cloud Services Coronavirus Research
- Facebook COVID-19 General News and Resources
UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in nearly 170 countries and territories, we offer a global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations. www.undp.org
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Gain reputation points!
Earn reputation points for participating in this contest:
- Submit a project entry: 10 points
- Submit a project entry 30 days before the deadline: 50 points
- Be among the first 10 to submit a project entry: 50 points
- Your submitted project entry wins the contest: 250 points
April 14, 2020 at 8:00AM PT
July 15, 2020 at 11:59AM PT
Winners announced by
Aug 12, 2020