EPOS participated in a two-day Hackathon (15 to 16 October) organized by KfW in the sidelines of this year’s World Health Summit in Berlin. The aim of the Hackathon was to create and develop innovative ideas on how to improve urban health and present these to an audience of experts from all over the world. The name of the challenge was ‘Hacking Global Health’ Improving Urban Health in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The term ‘hackathon’ was derived from a combination of the words ‘hack’ and ‘marathon.’ It strives describes a collaborative event at which multidisciplinary teams came together and developed innovative solutions to help address contemporary problems. Dr. Patrick Rudolph of KfW’s Competence Center health chose this format to catalyze innovative thinking in relation to the health problems associated with rapid urbanization in many low and lower middle income countries.
The hackathon started off with 40 participants, mostly young women and men from around the world, presenting a total of 20 different ideas selected out of almost 150 different ideas received by KfW. Subsequently, the participants collaborated to form eight teams to jointly design eight different projects that covered a wide range of topics related to Urban Health and well-being of the urban population.
The original idea submitted by EPOS staff Amitava Sanyal and Raphaël Broniatowski, ‘Addressing NCDs the upcoming epidemiological Frankenstein’ was further developed as one of the eight projects with the new name ‘MaNCD - an integrated mHealth platform for integrated management of NCDs’ by a collaborating team of professionals from India, Pakistan, Ghana, Columbia and Germany covering such specialization areas as Health services planning, public health, mHealth, marketing and epidemiology.
Photos by g+h communication.