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COVID-19 Maker Challenge, Nursing Homes Edition

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.

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, Medallia and InSilico
Submission Start: 06/08/2020 5:00 PM ET
Submission End: 07/10/2020 5:00 PM ET


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.


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 VHA.


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


Judging Panel

The composition of the judging panel changes with each event, but generally consists of subject matter experts from the VA Innovators 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 is determined based on the evaluation of each design in these four categories: Business Value, Design/User Experience, Feasibility and Level of Innovation.

How to Enter

To learn more and to register, go to