Our EpiHackTM organizers include governments, universitites, profit organizations and not-for-profit organizations
Chiang Mai University
Chiang Mai University (CMU) is a public research university in northern Thailand founded in 1964 with an emphasis on engineering, science, agriculture and medicine.
Its instructional mission includes undergraduate, graduate, professional and continuing education offered through resident instruction. CMU has four campuses, three of them in Chiang Mai and one in Lamphun Province.
Chiang Mai University overall ranks in the nation are the 3rd (academic) and 5th (research) ranked by Thailand Office of the Higher Education Commission. EpiHackTM and Digital Disease Detection (DDD) symposium has been supported through the Faculty of Nursing, Faculty of Veterinary Science and Faculty of Science at Chiang Mai University.
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE)
CSTE works to advance public health policy and epidemiologic capacity. We also provide information, education, and developmental support of practicing epidemiologists in a wide range of areas as well as expertise for program and surveillance efforts.
CSTE is an organization of member states and territories representing public health epidemiologists. CSTE works to establish more effective relationships among state and other health agencies. It also provides technical advice and assistance to partner organizations and to federal public health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CSTE members have surveillance and epidemiology expertise in a broad range of areas including occupational health, infectious diseases, environmental health, chronic diseases, injury control, maternal and child health, and more. CSTE supports effective public health surveillance and good epidemiologic practice through training, capacity development, and peer consultation.
The world has evolved in several areas. We see innovation everywhere, always improving the daily lives of people, making their lives easier through technology. However, areas such as public health still present considerable challenges.
The occurrence of infectious diseases has declined over the years, but some of them still persist and are causing great damage to society. Diseases of the past that should not be part of the modern world, still remain in our present. In addition, new threats arise constantly because globalization has allowed an increased flow of people, and with them, the possibility of the transmission of new diseases.
Numerous strategies have been used to stop outbreaks and epidemics, but until innovation is applied to public health, we will have to endure the news of problems that already should have been resolved.
In this context, Epitrack was founded to promote connections and build a more cooperative society.
Epitrack is a Brazilian startup in the eHealth segment, focused on digital diseases detection. It came out of a spin-off from a research group at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, the largest biomedical research center in Latin America.
Founded in 2013, is based in Recife, known as the ‘Brazilian Silicon Valley’. Epitrack has a mixed team of Developers, Epidemiologists and Designers, focused on the full understanding of the issues related to epidemics by providing complete solutions for mitigation of epidemiological risks.
Over the years, Epitrack have become a reference in the construction of crowdsource-based platforms and developed the first participatory surveillance platform in mass events in the world, called ‘Saúde na Copa’ (Brazil). Epitrack also have worked on developing other projects as ‘Flu Near You’ (US and Canada), ‘Salud Boricua’ (Puerto Rico) and ‘Guardiões da Saúde’ guardioesdasaude.org (Brazil). This last will be the largest participatory surveillance platform in detecting diseases, since it works by monitoring rash, diarrhea and respiratory syndromes.
Innovative Support to Emergencies Diseases and Disasters, InSTEDD and its ILabs are not-a-profit organization located in 3 continentals: North America, Latin America, and Southeast Asia with many great tools & technology in their hands ( Verboice, mform and turning wheel ).
InSTEDD’s mission is to improve global health, safety and sustainable development through capacity building, tech for social good, grassroots leadership and impact evaluation. This is accomplished through capacity building within communities to foster a local culture of innovation, creating collaborative technologies for social good and collaborating with end users through bottom up designs and development process as well as ensuring usefulness and impact through research and evaluation. InSTEDD works side-by-side with stakeholders in the developing world to design software tools to be resilient and effective in any environment, language, at any literacy level and with any mobile phone.
InSTEDD believes that with new, free and open-source technologies humanitarian help and public health organizations around the world can be enhanced and act more effectively. We aim to reduce mortality, accelerate recovery and help prepare communities to face the unexpected with confidence in their own resilience. InSTEDD works with governments, universities, corporations, international health organizations, humanitarian NGO’s and local communities around the world and operates through its offices in USA, Cambodia and Argentina to collaboratively identify requirements for enhanced information flow, better cross-sector collaboration and more effective collective action.
Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance (MBDS)
The Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance (MBDS) consortium comprises six participating countries: Cambodia, China (Yunnan and Guangxi Provinces), Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam and a growing number of development partners who together seek to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by outbreak-prone diseases in the sub-region.MBDS countries have been working together since 2001to progressively build local capacity, share information, and cooperate in outbreak response and pandemic influenza preparedness.
Nanyang Technological University
Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 11th globally (QS World University Ranking 2018). It is also the world’s top young university.
The university has colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and an Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It also has a medical school, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU is also home to world-class autonomous entities such as the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering.
NTU provides a high-quality global education to about 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The student body includes top scholars and international olympiad medallists from the region and beyond.
Hailing from 80 countries, the university's 4,300-strong faculty and research staff bring dynamic international perspectives and years of solid industry experience.
Opendream is a social enterprise which is excellent in health / education mobile & web application.
Opendream is a Thai social enterprise on the quest to deliver information that shakes up the world! Opendream, founded in 2008, is made up of a young and dynamic team of designers and developers with backgrounds varying from user experience design to software development and web and mobile application development. Opendream’s mission is reinforced each day by the values of each staff member and our dedication to social impact, which has brought us a diverse set of clients. Opendream specialises in information technology systems, design and design conversion, and programming, and applies to products both on the web and on mobile devices.
As a leading technologist in Southeast Asia, Opendream undertakes projects that stimulate societal and economic impact and engage in the development of free software and open standards. We work closely with networks such as Creative Commons and other open sourced based ‘unconferences’, including BAR Camp, ReadCamp, LibCamp, CC Salon and the Open Data Initiative. Opendream advocates for greater transparency and accessible open data for the public, which we have promoted through partnerships with the Mozilla Foundation.
Skoll Global Threats Fund
SGTF is a not-for-profit organization that has a very good in international networking and bold to end pandemic mission.
Skoll Global Threats Fund’s mission is to confront global threats imperiling humanity by seeking solutions, strengthening alliances and spurring actions needed to safeguard the future. Founded by Jeff Skoll in 2009 to tackle the world’s most pressing issues, its mandate is to drive large-scale global change in five main areas: climate change, pandemics, water security, nuclear proliferation and the Middle East Conflict. The global threats have the potential to kill or debilitate large numbers of people or cause significant economic or social dislocation or paralysis throughout the world.
Skoll Global Threats Fund seeks to address these complex issues through the core practices of communication, governance, engagement, information and innovation. Skoll Global Threats Fund works proactively to find, initiate, or co-create breakthrough ideas and/or activities that will have large-scale impact either directly or indirectly on crosscutting issues.
Southeast European Center For Surveillance And Control Of Infectious Diseases
“Southeast European Center For Surveillance And Control Of Infectious Diseases” – SECID, established on 04.02.2013, is an integral part of the Regional Development Center of Surveillance and Control of Infectious Diseases, RDC – CDC as well as the Administrative Partner of Institute of Public Health, with international vocation and will develop its activity in the territory of the Republic of Albania and can open its branches inside or outside the country.
The mission of SECID is to develop and support any project in the public interest of an exclusively scientific nature and/or education that has practical interest in improving the control and surveillance of infectious diseases in the countries of Southeastern Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Serbia, Albania, Romania, Kosovo*, Israel and beyond with all interested countries or networks to strengthen security in the region.
SECID aims to make the connection between Regional Development Center of Control and Surveillance of Infectious Diseases in South-Eastern Europe by the Department of Surveillance and Control of Infectious Diseases at the Institute of Public Health in Tirana, with all public agencies and private or professional ones, operating in the region of South East Europe and beyond, in order to improve the ability to capture and respond to infectious diseases and unusual health events in each country and abroad, to strengthen security cooperation and regional development. It will provide a coordination platform for South-Eastern European countries mentioned above, to ensure a better use of support provided by different agencies and to be both a collaborator and a strong supporter for all donors.
Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDS)
A ONE HEALTH Virtual Centre that links academic and research institutions in Southern Africa, which deal with infectious diseases of humans and animals, in an innovative partnership with world-renowned centres of research in high income countries.
Especially the University of London Colleges that constitute the London International Development Centre (LIDC) including the Royal Veterinary College - RVC - and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine -LSHTM. Other partnerships include collaboration with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), other institutions in the USA, UK and Asia.
This collaboration is further reinforced at the national level by forming national virtual centres for infectious diseases known as National Centres for Infectious Disease Surveillance (NatCIDS). Collectively, the NatCIDS form the core of SACIDS.
The Headquarters of SACIDS is located at the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Morogoro, Tanzania.
University of Minnesota, Food Protection & Defense Institute (UMN FPDI)
The Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI), formerly known as the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, was officially launched as a Homeland Security Center of Excellence in July 2004 at the University of Minnesota. Developed as a multidisciplinary and action-oriented research consortium, FPDI addresses the vulnerability of the nation's food system. FPDI takes a comprehensive, farm-to-table view of the food system, encompassing all aspects from primary production through transportation and food processing to retail and food service.