Note: This grant page has been archived and is very likely out of date.

UN Development Programme: The COVID-19 Detect & Protect Challenge

United Nations Development Programme

Suggest an update

Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Fields of work: Health Information Technology Medical Technology & Devices

Applicant type: Individuals, Organizations

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Andorra; Angola Show all

Location of residency: Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Andorra; Angola Show all


NOTE: Resources- We are awarding resources to contest participants of the COVID-19 Detect and Protect Challenge to help facilitate their project submissions. Submit your concept by the pre proposal deadline above and explain how will you use the resources.

The United Nations Development Programme Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development announces the COVID-19 Detect and Protect Challenge

The UNDP is calling on Hackster's global community to support developing countries through the sharing and transfer of open source technology. This challenge has three priority actions:

  • Design replicable, low-cost tools and resources to aid viral detection.
  • Flatten the curve in communities with preventive solutions.
  • Reduce the disease's impact on the economies of these vulnerable areas.

This extraordinary global situation demands a global response. As an answer, the UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development and are joining forces with the world’s brightest technology companies. 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.

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.


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


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.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • To be eligible for judging, you must meet ALL of the following requirements unless otherwise stated:
    • You must be registered as a participant for this contest.
    • Your entry must be your own original work. Learn more about copyright and open source guidelines.
    • Your team is no more than 5 members per entry.
    • Your project must be a/an easy-to-replicate, low-cost open source solution to detect or protect Covid-19 in developing countries.
    • Your project must be written in English.
    • 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.


  • Your entry cannot have been selected as a winner in any other Hackster contest.
  • You may not be a resident of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, or Syria.
    • US export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to the countries listed above, therefore residents of these countries are not eligible to participate in this challenge.
  • You may not be involved in the execution or administration of this contest.
  • You may not be an immediate family member or household member of a Hackster employee.

This page was last reviewed July 16, 2020 and last updated July 16, 2020