Deadline: 30 June, 2020
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Centre for Technology Innovation and Sustainable Development (CTISD) announces the Covid-19 Detect and Protect Challenge. This extraordinary global situation demands a global response. As an answer, the UNDP CTISD and Hackster.io are joining forces with the world’s brightest technology companies.
Basically, the UNDP is calling on Hackster’s global community to support developing countries through the sharing and transfer of open source technology. This call is for 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.
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; and, reduce the disease’s impact on the economies of these vulnerable areas.
As Covid-19 has shown, challenges and crises 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.
- UNDP will recognise ten winners with the Global UNDP Innovator Award of $1,500 (the winners will also receive a UNDP recognition badge and certificate, NXP HoverGames drone and telemetry radio, and $1,000 Visa gift card)
- UNDP will recognise ten winners with the Hackster Impact Detect Award of $500 (in addition to that, they will also receive a Hackster Impact recognition badge, an NVIDIA Jetson Kit, a Soracom Global SIM card with $50 in credits, and a $100 Visa gift card)
- UNDP will recognise ten winners with the Hackster Impact Protect Award of $500 (in addition to that, they will also receive a Hackster Impact recognition badge, a Coral Dev Board from Google, a Soracom Global SIM card with $50 in credits, and a $100 Visa gift card)
- Intending participant must be at least 13 years of age (those 12 years or younger, must receive a legal guardian’s permission; the guardian must complete the Hackster contest permission form prior to the submission of an entry into this contest)
- Intending participants must not be involved in the execution or administration of the contest
- Intending participants must not be immediate family members or household members of a Hackster employee
- Intending participants must register
- Entries must be original work
- Entry cannot have been selected as a winner in any other Hackster contest
- Teams can be of any size
- Entries must be a/an easy-to-replicate, low-cost open-source solution to detect or protect Covid-19 in developing countries
- Entry must be documented in English
To enter and for more information, click here.
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