Global Centre for Technology, Innovation
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The COVID-19 Detect and Protect Challenge

The United Nations Development Programme and, the largest online open-source technology hardware community, launched #COVID19DetectProtect this April to create open-source technology that developing countries can leverage in the fight against this global pandemic.

COVID19 Challenge Map

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Some of the winning solutions have been identified by UNDP’s field offices for further testing and implementation. Read more below on how these open-source solutions are being recreated and tested by local innovation ecosystems.

Updates on implementation


As the submissions came in from around the world, a rotating panel of judges made up of techies, healthcare professionals and development practitioners, reviewed the submissions and chose their top few from that week. These chosen solutions were then shared with UNDP’s global network of field offices to identify the most relevant and promising ones to look at implementing. Over the course of the challenge, 30 submissions in total were identified as Impact Winners! Read more about them below.

Congratulations to all our Impact Winners!




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