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UNDP and launch Global Innovation Challenge to tackle COVID-19

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted June 4, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on June 29, 2020
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) logo
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) logo

The new design challenge is a call to action for all hardware and software developers, product designers, scientists, hackers, makers, innovators and inventors to come up with innovative ideas to cost-efficiently support COVID-19 response efforts in developing countries.

There will be prizes and recognition awarded to the top ten solutions, and Avnet will provide support to accelerate the winners’ time to market by offering business consultation and access to engineering, design and manufacturing resources.

The Challenge

As COVID-19 has shown, challenge and crisis cross borders – impacting everywhere on Earth. However, innovation and ingenuity are 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.

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 variety of awards for their contribution to society and humankind. Using the UNDP’s vast global network and resources from all supporting partners, they will work with the winning creators on the best way to transfer the knowledge to those who need it most.

This 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;
3. Reduce the disease’s impact on economies of these vulnerable areas.

Utilize This Offer

The fight against COVID-19 is at a crucial tipping point, so the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and, an Avnet company and the largest online open-source technology hardware community, are taking action. The two organizations have partnered to launch the COVID-19 Detect and Protect Challenge to create open-source technology that developing countries can leverage in the fight against this global pandemic.

You are eligible to enter if you meet the following requirements at 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 a resident of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, or Syria.

Prize Information: Global UNDP Innovator Award ($1,500 value) (10 are available).

Submission deadline: June 30, 2020 at 12:00AM PT

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jun 04
Jun 04

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network

Jill Langhus
Jun 05
Jun 05

Thanks, Ana.