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COVID-19 Detect & Protect Challenge 2020 by UNDP [Prizes Upto Rs. 18L]: Apply by June 30: Expired

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The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Center for Technology, Innovation & Sustainable Development announces the COVID-19 detect and protect challenge for young innovators and creative minds. The UNDP is calling upon the global community to support developing countries through the sharing and transfer of open source technology.

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.

  1. Detect: Harness your skills to aid citizens and healthcare providers with everyday tools that support the diagnosis of 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.
  2. 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.

The objective of this contest is to create open-source project tutorials and solutions for detecting and protecting against COVID-19 in the developing world. For the purposes of this contest, each project you submit in the contest will be called an “entry”


A panel of judges will pick the best qualifying 10 projects on a rolling basis.

  • 10 Winners will get UNDP recognition badge and certificate, NXP HoverGames drone, and telemetry radio, and $1,000 Visa gift card.
  • 10 Winners will get a Hackster Impact recognition badge, an NVIDIA Jetson Kit, a Soracom Global SIM card with $50 in credits, and a $100 Visa gift card.
  • 10 Winners will get 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.

In addition:

  • AWS is giving away $200 worth of credits for 100 of the best projects.
  • Silicon Labs is giving away 100 Thunderboard Sense 2 to be used in your contest submission.
  • Balena is giving away 100 Pi-based balenaFins v1 ($200) for project creators.
  • Nordic Semiconductor is giving away 100 nRF52840 Development Kits to get your project started!
  • The Things Industries is giving away 15 The Things Indoor Gateway (TTIG) units, an ultra-low-cost LoRaWAN gateway with WiFi as the backhaul.
Eligibility Criteria

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

  1. 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.)
  2. You are not involved in the execution or administration of this contest.
  3. You are not an immediate family member or household member of a Hackster employee.
  4. You can enter as a team of no more than five members.
How to Apply?

Interested candidates can apply online by clicking here. The last date to submit your entries is June 30, 2020.


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