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Apply Now: $25,000 for COVID-19 Digital Detect and Protect Solutions

By Wayan Vota on June 22, 2020

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COVID-19 is an unprecedented global health and humanitarian emergency. It threatens to create devastating social, economic, and political crises that could leave deep scars for years to come.

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This impact could reverse the progress made in tackling global poverty over the past 20 years. Developing countries could lose at least US$220 billion in income, putting at risk the lives and livelihoods of billions of people.

COVID-19 Detect and Protect Challenge

However, innovation and ingenuity are not constrained by geography. UNDP and Hackster are joining forces in the COVID-19 Detect and Protect Challenge to find the best and brightest hardware and software developers, product designers and innovators to create successful COVID-19 Digital Response Solutions.

A panel of judges will review and select the top 10 open source solutions on a rolling basis through 2020. Winners will receive global recognition and $25,000 in awards for their contribution to society in two areas:

  • Detect: Harness your skills to aid citizens and healthcare providers with everyday tools that support the diagnosis of the coronavirus and future outbreaks like computer vision thermometers, smart oximeters, and cloud-based heatmaps and apps.
  • Protect: Imagine and invent apparatuses that help slow down the spread of the disease, like 3D-printable protective equipment, easy-to-assemble hand sanitizing dispensers, public alerts, mass broadcasting tools, or contamination monitoring.

Apply Now: Deadline is June 30th 2020

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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3 Comments to “Apply Now: $25,000 for COVID-19 Digital Detect and Protect Solutions”

  1. Very informative. I would like to have some more information on the funding for Africa especially. I would like to build an ict centre in my village to combat the covid

  2. Martin William says:

    As an NGO director I want to apply for funding to start a big ICT center which can help the community in Tanzania

  3. Sam Kajo says:

    This a great work! Thanks for the work you are doing here. I want to start an ICT center in Kwande local government to enlighten the villagers to be informed about the pandemic.