EpiHack is a hack-a-thon that brings developers and health professionals together to create technology that addresses specific issues around infectious diseases, and it can take place anywhere in the world!
What is a hack-a-thon?
Hack-a-thons fuse the elements of hacking (in legal software development, of course) and marathon-like events intensive, in a short period of time) to address specific issues. The hack-a-thon concept has spread like wildfire across the globe and its attractiveness is embedded in the intense, creative, fun and collaborative nature that unites software developers, designers, interface designers and other technology experts with specialists on the issues identified.
EpiHacks have so-far brought together over 176 individuals (and counting!) from all corners of the world — Asia, North America, Europe, Africa, Latin America and beyond — to Southeast Asia. Experts from diverse backgrounds have been invited to work across sectors fusing the fields of animal, human and environmental health with technology and digital solutions. EpiHacks are non-conventional events that requires all participants to collaborate, co-create, unfold and explore ideas and be action-orientated. At every EpiHack each participant works closely with the team and holds his or her own unique, special role.
The first EpiHack was held in August 2013 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The four-day hack-a-thon explored, improved and developed technological prototypes for five on-going health projects in Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. The second EpiHack, held in March 2014 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, invited human and animal professionals and leading developers to jointly prototype tools for a participatory One Health platform. EpiHack Laos was the third EpiHack in Southeast Asia with the main objective to develop a participatory reporting tool to help detect dengue fever outbreaks faster and provide prevention tips to help the public stay informed.
EpiHack is going to Africa! The next EpiHack will be held in Tanzania in December. Participation is by invitation only, but EpiHackers are free to share their progress and results with the world on this website and on social media.
More information about EpiHacks will be posted soon!
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