#COVID19DetectProtect Challenge: Announcing Round 7 Bonus Impact Winners


We're excited to announce the Impact Winners from the seventh round of judging in the COVID-19 Detect and Protect Challenge! We will soon share updates on the progress we are making in bringing these solutions to 7 initial target countries.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Hackster.io, an Avnet company 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.

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.



Touchless All-in-one Tool for COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus presents a particular challenge due to its ability to remain infectious on various surfaces for prolonged periods of time. This tool helps to minimise contact with surfaces such as door handles, knobs and touch screens.




Temperature and Mask Check

This low-cost, multipurpose kiosk can be installed at the entrance of public spaces such as schools, hospitals and even bus stations to monitor the temperature of citizens. The kiosk can also detect if the user is wearing a mask, before granting or denying access to the location.  





P3psi the Robot

This internet-controlled four-wheeled rover can transport emergency supplies such as groceries and medicines to infected patients. The robot is controlled by a joypad and camera in order to ensure successful deliveries. 




Electrolyzed Water Disinfectant Device

This device can produce electrolysed salt water, an all-purpose sanitiser, at a very low cost. It is also low-resource, making it easy to build and roll-out in areas with limited access to hardware components. 




Automatic Hand Sanitiser Dispenser

This low-technology solution makes it easy to turn any container into an automatic hand sanitiser dispenser using a simple transistor and infrared proximity sensor. 


The UNDP Global Centre Singapore will work with Country Offices and partner tech companies to meet the needs of countries and regions with lack of resources where COVID-19 could have the greatest impact. UNDP will work with governments to help ensure regulations, procurement procedures, and policies to catalyse and make use of innovations.