UNDP Ghana Announces Winners Of The COVID-19 Innovation Challenge

UNDP Accelerator Lab Ghana COVID-19 Innovative Challenge

The Accelerator Lab (AccLab) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ghana has announced winners and runners-up of its COVID-19 Innovation Challenge dubbed “Creating the ‘New Normal’ and Building the Recovery.”

The COVID-19 Innovation Challenge is one of AccLab’s efforts to tap into grassroots innovations and showcase the ingenuity of Ghanaians during the pandemic.

A nationwide platform was created for innovators, entrepreneurs, local authorities and communities to submit innovative solutions that help people to adjust to the “new normal” under COVID-19, and support Ghana’s recovery from the pandemic.

A total of 198 applications were received from all the 16 regions of Ghana, out of which 44 innovations were shortlisted, and 9 winners and 12 runners-up were selected.

The winners will receive mentorships and a cash prize of $2,000 each, while the runners-up will also receive mentorships and a cash prize of $1,000, to scale up their innovations.

The selected innovations are in the areas of health-tech and Al, sanitation and waste management, education and social welfare, medical and sanitary devices, and support for vulnerable groups.

These are the winning innovations:

  • Efuom Ghana: a digital platform that enables smallholder farmers to reach bulk buyers easily without physical interaction.
  • Computer-Aided Detection “4” COVID-19 (CAD4COVID): an artificial intelligence (AI) software tool deployed in health facilities across Ghana to increase COVID-19 testing capacity and patients’ throughput. 
  • IXAM: ensuring inclusive learning for people with disabilities during the pandemic.
  • Suma Deliveries App: facilitating delivery services by connecting senders to dispatch riders via a mobile app and text messages.
  • Auto Tap: a low cost all-inclusive automatic handwashing tap.
  • Extending Social Insurance to Informal Sector Workers through Circular Economy: this is adopting a digital system of waste collection from subscribed individuals, households, facility owners and waste pickers through text messages/USSD for recycling and composting.
  • Tendo: an online selling platform, which reduces physical contact.
  • Banson’s Booth: a handwashing hygiene booth suitable for small, medium and heavy usage.
  • Deafcantalk: facilitating access to information on COVID-19 for the deaf.

source: UNDP Ghana

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