Since its inception, Silicon Labs has engaged with good causes to give back to the communities where we are located. We regularly volunteer, provide community grants, and match employee contributions through #siliconlabsgivesback. More recently, we’ve been looking for opportunities to join the fight against COVID-19, with community initiatives like #ieatlocal, global disaster relief grants, and identifying and prioritizing customers who have projects or products designed to treat or prevent infections.
As such, when the United Nations Development Programme and Hackster.io invited Silicon Labs to join and support their new COVID-19 Detect and Protect Challenge, it was an easy and natural choice for us to say YES!
The initiative calls on innovators from across the world to develop new tools that combat the threat posed by COVID-19. The focus is on affordable, efficient designs that support the diagnosis of coronavirus and help prevent the spread of future outbreaks.
Matt Johnson, our SVP/GM of IoT said “Joining forces to innovate solutions that can accelerate humanity's ability to detect and protect against COVID-19 is very much in line with our mission and values. We are so proud to be part of it.”
As part of our engagement, Silicon Labs is offering 100 free Thunderboard Sense 2 kits to developers. The Thunderboard Sense 2 kit has the EFR32MG12 SoC at its heart, enabling developers to work with multiple wireless protocols such as Bluetooth, Zigbee or Thread, and is packed full of environmental sensors including light and UV, audio, temperature, humidity, and motion.
In addition to the many prizes for contest winners selected by Hackster.io and UNDP, those who submit ideas to the challenge at Hackster.io can be selected to receive one of 100 free Thunderboard Sense 2 boards – a feature-rich and sensor-packed development kit – to help build your project. Need help getting started with Thunderboard Sense 2? Here are some links to additional resources:
Follow this challenge on Twitter for the latest news #COVID19DetectProtect