The COVID-19 Detect & Protect Challenge

Win up to $28,000 in prizes!

The COVID-19 Detect & Protect Challenge
The COVID-19 Detect & Protect Challenge
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Did I win the contest? When will I receive my prize?

If you are a winner, we will contact you directly via email to arrange the shipment of your prize.

I submitted my project but it says "Awaiting moderation". Will it affect my eligibility?
As long as you submit your project before the deadline it doesn't matter when it is moderated. Just sit back and enjoy a well deserved break!
My project is locked and I can't edit it anymore. Why is that?
All projects entered in the contest are locked after the submission deadline to ensure that they remain the same during the judging process. They are then unlocked after winners are announced.
Somebody copied my entry! What can I do?
When judging entries, we take into account the submission date. When an entry is clearly plagiarized from another, we favor the original entry. If you believe the result of the judging is unfair, please email us at to appeal.
What are the entry requirements?

To be eligible for judging, you must meet ALL of the following requirements unless otherwise stated:

General Requirements

  • You must be registered as a participant for this contest.
  • Your entry must be your own original work. Learn more about copyright and open-source guidelines.
  • Your entry cannot have been selected as a winner in any other Hackster contest.
  • Your team can be of any size.
  • Your project must be a/an easy-to-replicate, low-cost open-source solution to detect or protect Covid-19 in developing countries.

*By entering a submission to this contest on behalf of a team, you acknowledge that you are the designated representative authorized to act on behalf of your team. (See full rules below for details)

Project Documentation Requirements

  • Your project must include a project name, project description, cover image, bill of materials (BOM), full instructions, images, and relevant resource files (schematics, code, CAD).
  • Your project must be written in English.
  • Your project must be submitted by Jul 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM PT.
What are the judging criteria?

Impact (25 points)

Does your solution have the potential to help reduce the overall impact of COVID-19 on communities? Does it translate to real-world benefits, particularly in developing country contexts, supporting governments or individuals to help mitigate the spread and severity of COVID-19? Our panel of expert judges with backgrounds in technology transfer, medicine, manufacturing, international development, and innovation will consider the benefits of your solution to at-risk and developing regions.

Viability/ Deployability (25 points)

Consider the cost, scalability of your project. Is it replicable, low cost, and easy to use? Think, can this solution be deployed and manufactured to the most at-risk regions? Will your solution require resources on the ground in deployed areas (3D printers, cellular networks)? Is it easy to use? The closer you can get your project to an all-inclusive, turnkey solution, the better.

Project Story/Instructions (20 points)
Show how you created your project, including images, screenshots, and/or a video demonstration of your solution working as intended. Ask yourself: “Could someone in the field understand how to replicate your project from reading your instructions?”. The ability to recreate, manufacture, and ship your design is crucial to helping the affected regions.

Documentation (10 points)

Include working code, CAD files, design files, schematics and/or additional documentation.

Creativity (10 points)
Your idea doesn’t have to be original, but it should be creative (a fresh take on an old idea is often worth as much as a brand new idea).

Open Source Assessment (10 points)

Is your project fully open source? Because we want these solutions to be easily and quickly reproduced en masse, your solution must not include proprietary software or hardware that is difficult or expensive to obtain and/or use. Do you anticipate data protection issues or data privacy complications? Imagine your solution being implemented in a region with little ability to regulate proprietary software and/or hardware.

What are the prizes?
Impact Prize - Bonus
  • Impact Prize - Bonus ($300 value) (10 are available)
The UNDP COVID-19 Detect and Protect Award
  • The Global UNDP Innovator Award ($1,500 value) (10 are available)
The Hackster Impact Detect Award
  • The Hackster Impact Detect Award ($500 value) (10 are available)
The Hackster Impact Protect Award
  • The Hackster Impact Protect Award ($500 value) (10 are available)
What are the steps to enter the contest?

Step 1: Register for the Contest

  • Start by creating a free account on (or sign-in if already a member).
  • Register for the contest by clicking “Register as a participant” on the contest page.

Step 2: Build and Document Your Project

  • Build your project according to the submission


  • Document your project build using Hackster’s project template. To create a new project, click “create new project” on the contest page or the “+” symbol in the top right corner of your Hackster page.

Step 3: Review and submit your project

  • Review your project and make sure it meets all the submission


  • Upload a previously created project by clicking “add existing project” on the contest page.
  • Submit your project by Jul 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM PT by clicking “review and submit project” on the contest page.
What is the contest timeline?

Contest begins:

April 14, 2020 at 8:00 AM PT

Submissions close:

July 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM PT

Winners announced:

August 12, 2020

When will winners be announced? Where can I see the list?

Contest winners will be announced on August 12, 2020. The list of winners will be visible on the main page (Contest brief).

Who is eligible to participate?

You are eligible to enter if you meet the following requirements at thetime of entry:

  • You are at least 13 years of age
    If you are 12 years or younger, you must receive a legal guardian's permission and have them complete Hackster’s contest permission form prior to submitting an entry into this contest. Send any questions to
  • You are not involved in the execution or administration of this contest.
  • You are not an immediate family member or household member of a Hackster employee.

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