What is EpiHackTM?
EpiHackTM is the gathering of professionals from the fields of technology, animal health, human health, public health, policy, communication, etc. during which participants get together for 4-6 days of workshops and work together to create, adapt, and/or improve existing / prototype technologies for improving disease surveillance and other health-related problem solutions.
Each EpiHackTM has an event theme that is carefully selected by co-hosts and organizers. The theme can vary from focusing on one health, a single disease, a mass gathering, or any pandemic issue that has the potential for high impact on the host country and its neighboring regions.
Not only do EpiHacksTM concentrate on developing prototypes but also on seeking sustainable outcomes. We believe that by defining challenges, exchanging commonalities and differences in practices, brainstorming for problem solving, and creating prototypes among these potential stakeholders, we will gain more engagement and a sense of belonging from them which will play a significant roles after the event has ended. We sincerely hope that these prototypes will, later on, be developed and become real tools.
Our Core Value and Structure
We believe that the key to preventing and protecting humanity from any health related issues becoming threats to our lives is To Get Together and To Work Together.
The word, “EpiHackTM” comes from “Epidemiology” + “ Ideas Hack”. We have formed an EpiHackTM event where health-related practitioners from across cultures and/or expertises can share and create sustainable solutions by collaborating with both technology and non-technology people from public, private, not-for-profit organizations, academic institutes, etc.
For our short term goals, during and by the end of the event, we should develop: Ideas Prototypes, Stakeholder Engagement, and Networking.
For our long term goals, after the event, we hope that our EpiHackTM organizers, stakeholders, and their networks can expand those idea prototypes or any problem solutions into actual projects. See more details in our Outcome session, in our homepage.
EpiHackTM organizers can choose any health concerns that benefit from collaborative and participatory work. Event theme examples: one health, health communities, health informatics, health assessment, health equity, health reform, etc.
The event format should be decided by organizers based on their needs, availability, culture, and financial resources. However, we would like to emphasize that for an EpiHackTM event should seek collaboration, stakeholders buy-in, practical solutions, and improvements to or integration of systems. There is no contest or competition here and we do not give out any awards. This event is by invitation-only and there is no registration fee.