COVID-19 Detect & Protect Challenge

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

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. This impact could reverse the progress made in tackling global poverty over the past 20 years, putting at risk the lives and livelihoods of billions of people. In addition to the many lives at stake, developing countries could lose at least US$220 billion in income. COVID-19 could have an enormous and tragic longer-term impact, with the potential for mass unemployment, the further weakening of already-fragile health systems; and the risk of increasing inequality, marginalization, and poverty. In some of the world’s most vulnerable areas, the impact of COVID-19 could be catastrophic.

This extraordinary global situation demands a global response. As an answer, the United Nations Development Programme and are joining forces with the world’s brightest technology companies. They are calling on 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. The Challenge has three priority actions: (1) design replicable, low-cost tools to aid in coronavirus detection; (2) flatten the curve in communities with preventive solutions; and (3) reduce the disease’s impact on economies of these vulnerable areas.

2) Eligibility

Eligibility is open to everyone.

3) Location

Actions can take place across the globe.

4) Budget

Winners can receive up to $25,000 in prizes.

5) Application

Application is done online. The application deadline is 30 June 2020.