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COVID-19 Detect and Protect Challenge

Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Individuals to
Participate in a COVID-19-Related Technology Contest

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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development and Hackster.io

Deadline Date:

07/15/20 11:59 PM PT

Description:

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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International individuals to participate in a contest to develop Coronavirus (COVID-19)-related technology solutions that benefit developing countries. Participants will compete for prize packages valued at $500 and $1,500. The purpose of the program is 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. Hardware and software developers, product designers, scientists, hackers, makers, and innovators are called on 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.

Detect - 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.

Protect - 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189090

Number of Grants:

10 winners for each award. The judges and Co-Sponsors have been so impressed by the record-breaking number of submissions and want to ensure there were more chances for the best projects to be recognized. 10 more prizes focused on General Impact have therefore been added.!

Estimated Size of Grant:

The UNDP COVID-19 Detect and Protect Award:
- The Global UNDP Innovator Award: $1,500 value
- UNDP recognition badge and certificate, NXP HoverGames drone and telemetry radio, and $1,000 Visa gift card

The Hackster Impact Detect Award:
- The Hackster Impact Detect Award: $500 value
- 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:
- The Hackster Impact Protect Award: $500 value
- 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.

The Hackster Impact Innovator Award
- $300 value
- A Hackster Impact recognition badge, a balena Fin v1.0 a Soracom Global SIM card with $50 in credits, and a $100 Visa gift card.

Impact Prize - Bonus
- $300 value
- Each winner will receive a balenaFin developer kit, Soracom Global SIM card with $50 in credits, and a $100 electronic VISA gift card.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

You are eligible to enter if you meet the following requirements at time 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.
- You are not a resident of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, or Syria
- US export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to the countries listed above, therefore residents of these countries are not eligible to participate in this challenge.
- 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.

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: https://www.hackster.io/copyright-guidelines.
- Your entry cannot have been selected as a winner in any other Hackster contest.
- Your team is no more than 5 members per entry.*
- 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)

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Contest begins: April 14, 2020 at 8:00AM PT
- Submissions close: July 15 2020 at 11:49 PM PT
- Winners announced by: July 10, 2020

The panel of judges will pick the best qualifying 10 projects on a rolling basis. Winners will be notified and posted in the discussion tab.

Rules: https://www.hackster.io/contests/UNDPCOVID19/rules#challengeNav

FAQs: https://www.hackster.io/contests/UNDPCOVID19/faq#challengeNav

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register as a participant: https://www.hackster.io/users/sign_up?id=237&m=challenge&reason=register&redirect_to=%2Fcontests%2F237%2Fregistrations%2Fcreate%3Fredirect_to%3D%252Fcontests%252FUNDPCOVID19%253Freg_modal%253Dtrue%2523challengeNav

Additionally, resources are being awarded to contest participants of the COVID-19 Detect and Protect Challenge to help facilitate their project submissions. For more information and to apply, see https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AWS_COVID19_Challenge.

If you have any questions or need to make a change to your submission, contact the Hackster Contest Team at contests@hackster.io.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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