What is it?
Typically, a hackathon (a hacker buzzword) is an event where teams of computer programmers collaborate and compete against each other to come up with the best solutions to a defined problem in a very short time frame (~24-72 hours). We instead, are having all kinds of interesting people (not just computer programmers) compete to come up with solutions for African Healthcare initiatives. After a Friday evening kick-off event, teams will have the weekend to work on a challenge that a business/organisation faces in Africa. The team that presents the best solution as determined by expert judges will win the challenge prize and potential seed-funding money.
Individuals and teams of people in Africa will also be taking part.
The Challenge (supported by the Commonwealth Youth Health Network) is about more than just thinking up good ideas for leading African healthcare organisations. You’ll experience how to work (or compete!) with colleagues and friends on the Continent as well as dreaming and building, failing and finishing in rapid time. The Kopfadeyemi Community is built around opportunities to work with emerging African Healthcare organisations and future leaders on really interesting challenges. Make change happen with your ideas.
The Challenge is a great and really fun way to use your unique talents to affect positive change in the world. Great ideas push the world forward. And they can come from anywhere. This event will bring together business professionals, students and researchers who are passionate about improving things in Africa and supporting organisations to solve their challenges. You will not be expected to be an expert in the healthcare industry in Africa. You are someone that thinks a little bit different from everyone else and has the ability to solve problems with a little ingenuity. Techies and non-techies will get involved. Medical and non-medical people are welcome. Community workers, developers, entrepreneurs, artists, educators, business professionals, students, everyday people and more! We’ve learned that teams with people from different backgrounds come up with REALLY great ideas and form relationships that last beyond the weekend.
No, it's not 100% necessary. If you don’t have a team now, don’t worry. We will have team formation processes before things kick off, including opportunities for you to form teams with individuals on the Continent who want to participate and don't have teams.
Yes! You can sign up and take part virtually. We will have a number of platforms to help facilitate working and communication across different geographies. If you will have good access to internet, you can take part.
You might want to bring your own computer or mobile devices, Google Campus do not provide computers or laptops. We will provide high-speed Wi-Fi, power strips, whiteboards, and plenty of caffeine!
No, but it can be if teams really want it to. The competition starts right after the Friday evening kick-off. Google Campus will be open at all times during the weekend and people are welcome to work through the night if they really want to! The complexity of the challenges are unlikely to be so high that people will have to stay up all night(!)
We have an interesting range of organisations taking part. They are important national or sub-regional African organisations working to improve healthcare in Africa. A couple are not-for-profit organisations and a couple will be profit-making businesses. We have lined up organisations that will be interesting, some of which you will have heard of. Further details will be provided to those who register and are selected.
Further details of the event, including schedule and judging process will be provided to those who register and are selected to participate.
If you don't want to participate but are interested to hear the ideas that come out (or support your family/friends who have participated), get your pitch night ticket!
5.30pm: Drinks reception begins at Google Campus London
6.00pm: Presentation of challenges and Q&A
7.00pm: Teams form/register to challenges and HACKATHON officially begins!!
10.30pm: Suggested Day 1 end
9.00am: Suggested Day 2 start
Short dedicated mini team-workshops offered throughout the morning
1.30pm: Challenge Checkpoints – Teams to briefly feedback to wider group on plans
10.30pm: Suggested Day 2 end
9.00am: Suggested Day 3 start
9.30am: Short dedicated mini team-workshops on (3) ‘Pitching Successfully’ offered throughout the morning
1.30pm: HACKATHON deadline. Solutions to be handed in
Doors open for Sunday pitch attendees
2.00pm: In-Conversation with our judges
2.45pm: ¡¡PITCHES TO START!!
5.00pm: Pitches finished
5.15pm: Winners announced… [END]
The Global Shapers Community is a multi-stakeholder community from the World Economic Forum. It is a network of Hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievement and their drive to make a contribution to their communities.
Kopfadeyemi (Ck-off, pronounced like "cough") Fellowship is a program that works with highly-talented young people to provide intellectual rigor to some of Africa's biggest healthcare challenges
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