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COVID-19 detect + protect challenge

COVID-19 tech challenge
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Microsoft, Google and Amazon are among the big names backing a COVID-19 innovation challenge dedicated to supporting developing countries during the pandemic. Led by the United Nations Development Programme Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development (UNDP) and, the COVID-19 Detect and Protect Challenge is offering prizes up to $25,000 for solutions that can help communities most in need.

“We 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 website states.

It is open to teams with no more than five members, who are proposing original ideas that can be easily replicated at low cost. Projects must be submitted in English. The deadline to enter is 30 June – with winners announced on 10 July.


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Susan is the co-founder of Innovators Magazine and a consultant for OnePoint5 Media. Susan is also a member of the UNFCCC-led Resilience Frontiers Nexus group and co-chair of the APOPO Foundation UK board.


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