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The International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) held its first Hackathon at the 2016 International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance in Vienna, Austria. The IMED 2016 Hackathon brought together 100 participants, judges, and mentors to develop solutions to public health challenges at the intersection of climate change and infectious disease outbreaks. Participants hailed from all backgrounds, including physicians, veterinarians, entrepreneurs, IT scientists, data analysists, and public health professionals. Twelve teams developed prototype solutions over two days with the help of accomplished mentors contributing advice and guidance based on their first-hand experience. Hackers had access to infectious disease outbreak reports curated by the innovative disease surveillance network, ProMED-mail, while open access climate change data was provided by NASA and NOAA. Just before the end of the Hackathon, teams gave a short 3-minute presentation of their prototype project to a panel of judges who awarded a $1,500 USD Elsevier Award, 2 x $250 USD ProMED Awards, co-working space at Sektor5 in Vienna, Austria, and acceptance to 5starts next venture capital funding challenge.
ISID is excited to announce that it will host its second Hackathon at the 2018 International Congress on Infectious Diseases in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Participants will be asked to solve problems related to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals with a particular focus on Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) conditions. Given the universal challenges of poor hygiene and sanitation, the health of millions stands to benefit from innovative, practice-oriented solutions.
Participants will have just over two days to describe the problems they are interested in solving, then form teams to develop a prototype solution. At the end of the event, teams will present their solution to our panel of judges who will award a $1,5000 USD Elsevier Foundation award and 2 $250 USD ProMED awards.
To apply as a participant, please visit the 'Apply' tab above!