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COVID-19 Maker Challenge V: Disaster Relief

Teams of innovative engineers, designers, manufacturers and other subject-matter experts will be charged with developing innovative solutions to the challenges that frontline essential workers encounter in the fight against COVID-19.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Veterans Health Administration

Type of Challenge: Technology demonstration and hardware
Partner Agencies | Federal: VHA Innovation Ecosystem
Partner Agencies | Non-federal: Challenge America, America Makes, Carahsoft, Salesforce, Balance Innovation and Design, Medallia, BioEnterprise, Acumen Solutions, Fix8, AMVETS, InSilico Trials
Submission Start: 09/10/2020 05:00 PM ET
Submission End: 10/07/2020 07:00 PM ET


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Teams will design and develop innovative solutions to address challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams will collaborate virtually using tools like Zoom and Quip over the course of one week to evaluate the challenge. During the two-day make-a-thon event, the teams will work to design and fabricate working prototypes of their solutions that are suitable for rapid manufacturing.

More information about the COVID-19 Maker Challenge V: Disaster Relief Challenge can be found here.


The team with the best overall design will win the VHA iEx Design Award and will have the opportunity to present their design at the Fall 2020 VHA Innovation Experience (VHA iEx) in Washington, DC, an annual celebration of innovative thinking and design at the Veterans Health Administration.


Participants are required to attend three main virtual events – the Kickoff, Make-a-thon Launch, and Closing Ceremony - and participate in daily team meetings throughout the week.

Judging Criteria

Judging Panel:

The composition of the judging panel changes with each event, but generally consists of subject matter experts from the VA Innovator’s Network, healthcare industry, and rapid manufacturing sectors.

Judging Criteria:

The judging criteria include the following:

BUSINESS VALUE - solving the problem while aligning with business goals USER EXPERIENCE/DESIGN - usefulness and usability of the product FEASIBILITY– potential for the product to meet the current need on the ground INNOVATION - Novelty and “wow” factor of the approach to solving the problem

The VHA iEx Design Award is determined based on the evaluation of each design in these four categories: Business Value, User Experience/Design, Feasibility, and Level of Innovation.

How to Enter

Submission URL: To learn more and to register, please visit the Disaster Relief Challenge site.

Point of Contact

Have feedback or questions about this challenge? Send the challenge manager an email