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COVID 19 Computing Challenge

Lieutenant Governor Bysiewicz’s COVID-19 Computing Challenge

A statewide challenge to address a global concern.

Virtual Showcase | June 30th, 2020


We are in an unprecedented reality; we have never witnessed anything like this before. Yet, with computing technology, each one of us has the power to make a difference. We need you to consider the impact this COVID-19 crisis has had on your community and help us design creative solutions to address the countless problems that have arisen due to the pandemic.


Now is your chance to shine. Do your part, help create computer based solutions to help Connecticut and the whole world! Rest assured that, as the human family, we will come out stronger, wiser and more unified than ever before, as we learn to eradicate this disease together.


Lt. Governor Bysiewicz invites our creative Connecticut students to put their ingenuity to good use and design socially conscious apps, websites and/or computer programs that assist to:

● defeat the spread of the disease;

● aid local or global communities; or

● encourage or inform others.

Students are encouraged to consider the following focus areas when developing their idea: Health, Vulnerable Populations, Businesses, Community, Education, Entertainment, Other. More detailed explanations to spark your thinking about these areas are available here.

We encourage students to think about innovative, practical, and effective submissions that will WOW Connecticut!


We challenge students in grades 3 through 12 to work individually or as a team with your classmates to:

  1. Propose a computing technology application idea that could be utilized in this crisis.

  2. Submit your idea using the COVID-19 Computing Challenge question prompts.

  3. Deadline for all submissions is May 29, 2020

  4. Following the deadline, submissions will be available for viewing at



A working computer program is not required for submission . Rather a complete submission will include the following written components:

● Demographic information of contributing team member(s)

● Title

● Focus area

● Problem being addressed

● Inspiration for idea

● Description and functionality of the idea

● Optional video


All submissions will be carefully reviewed and posted publicly.

● All Connecticut students are encouraged to vote for favorite submissions from June 1, 2020 to June 12, 2020.

● Selected participants will be invited to showcase their submission.

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