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USM Launches COVID App Challenge

By Maryland Today Staff

The University System of Maryland (USM) COVID Research & Innovation Task Force yesterday announced a competition inviting its community to develop apps that solve problems related to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The USM COVID App Challenge will distribute at least $18,000 to student and community teams, including at least three $3,000 awards for student groups, with support from the Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, along with personnel from USM-affiliated research parks, business incubators and startup companies, are encouraged to design apps for functions such as supporting frontline workers, linking small businesses with resources, assisting educators with online instruction and enabling a safe return to work and social interaction. Companies such as Amazon Web Services and IBM will provide technical and other resources.

“The COVID App Challenge will harness the innovation and talent that’s right within our grasp throughout our system,” said USM Vice Chancellor for Economic Development J. Thomas Sadowski. “This competition will bring forward the energy and intellect to help address the public health crisis in Maryland.”

Entries can be submitted from noon June 8 through midnight June 28. Winners will be announced July 3. For more details on eligibility, entry guidelines, judging criteria and prizes, visit the task force website.

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