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COVID-19 Detect & Protect Challenge

The United Nations Development Programme with, the largest online open-source technology hardware community, launched the COVID-19 Detect & Protect Challenge – #COVID19DetectProtect – in April 2020 to create open-source tech that developing countries can use in the fight against the global pandemic. Each COVID-19 tech solution below has essentially been developed with a startup mindset around testing, iteration and re-iteration.

Grand Prize winners

  1. Connected Visor
  2. Digital Stethoscope AI
  3. Ecofill – Reuse and Refill Bottles on This Vending Machine
  4. Intangible Surface
  5. Global Scale Remote Health Monitor
  6. Esp8266 Shop Door Assistant
  7. Selfcheck Contactless Accurate Body Thermometer
  8. Hands-Free Soap, Water and Paper Towel Dispenser
  9. Project Theia

Community Choice Award:
P3psi, a Web-Driven COVID-19 Carrier Robot

The Grand Final winners, above, were selected from the winners of a series of 7 individual rounds; round 1 to 7 winners are listed below.

September 2020 update:
COVID-19 Detect & Protect downloads

August 12th 2020
livestream: Finalists announcement

The COVID-19 Detect and Protect Challenge’s 10 grand prize winners were announced in a livestreamed finale on 12th August 2020, International Youth Day, emceed by Alex Glow.

The challenge called on a global community to support developing countries through the sharing and transfer of open source technology, focusing on low-cost and open-source tools and resources to aid COVID-19 response and recovery in low-resource settings.

Round 7 bonus impact winners

Round 6 bonus impact winners

round 5 winners

round 4 winners

round 3 winners

round 2 winners

round 1 winners

Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development

The Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development is a joint initiative by the Government of Singapore and the United Nations Development Programme which aims to identify and co-create technological solutions for sustainable development.

Find out more about the Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development >

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