HOW TO HACK YOUR WAY TO BETTER AFRICAN HEALTHCARE


It’s been a few months since we held the third annual African Healthcare Hackathon and what a weekend it was! This year we worked hard to expand the event to solve the challenges of eight African healthcare organisations ranging from Age International’s challenge to tackle the prevalence of non-communicable diseases amongst the elderly in African countries to thinking about how to use biomimicry design (creating solutions to human challenges by emulating designs and ideas found in nature) to develop mobile health clinics in low resource settings

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The event kicked off with a classic networking activity – human bingo! The room was buzzing with participants making great connections before we really got started. We brought the participants together to share the eight challenges and set them off to form teams and choose challenges. Throughout the weekends, we had a great range of mentors supporting the team including past hackathon team members. The teams were given the opportunity to learn more about women in tech from Ashley Gen and Izzy Obeng of Foundervine ran several workshops helping teams think through their business models.

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The weekend culminated in a judging panel discussion facilitated by Desiree Joule-Adam of Start-Up Africa discussing interesting key issues about the future of African healthcare. Our judges were from a variety of backgrounds making for a thought-provoking conversation: Tracey Austin, Head of Impact Investments at Palladium, Melvin Mezue, Consultant at McKinsey, Rachel Thompson, at Chatham House and Anthony Ajose, health consultant. Following presentations from the eight teams and challenging judges’ selection meeting, three teams were selected as winners and won the opportunity to participate in our development programme. Check out a short video here to see some highlights from the event.

Life after hackathons

We have continued to support the teams through a three-month structured development programme with access to a range of mentors in including some of our judges as well as new experts including Sandy Johnston, a PwC partner focusing on the pharmaceutical industry. The teams will be supported by mentors to test and refine their business models and to get pitch ready for an opportunity to secure funding at the end of the programme. It is a great opportunity for teams to

Some of the other hackathon teams have been busy working on developing their idea. Team UHC developed a marketing campaign and a sustainable funding model to support the goal of universal health coverage. The team are continuing to develop their solution and had a positive meeting with AMREF Health who proposed the challenge.

 

We’ll be starting planning for the 2019 hackathon so please get in touch if you want to get involved with the 2019 event!

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