African Healthcare Hackathon 2020

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Entrepreneur First

Tower Bridge Business Complex

Clements Rd


SE16 4DG

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The 2020 African Healthcare Hackathon will be an intense, fun and high energy competition event for people passionate about creating something brilliant.

Anyone can take part and form teams to brainstorm and develop solutions for big organizations and initiatives doing work in Africa. In the end, the team with the best solution wins!

Anyone with a passion for creating brilliant stuff can take part. Be brilliant for what matters!

Hackathon 2016

>>>>Watch short recap videos of previous years here, here and here and read below to find out more!<<<<

What is it?

Typically, a hackathon (a tech buzzword) is a competitive type of event where teams collaborate and compete against each other to come up with the best solutions to a defined problem in a very short time frame (~24 hours). We instead are having all kinds of interesting people (not just 'techies') compete to come up with solutions for African Healthcare initiatives. After the Friday evening kick-off event, teams will have the weekend to work on a challenge that a business/organization faces in Africa. The team that presents the best solution as determined by expert judges will win the competition.

Is it for you?

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 healthcare clinicians, programmers, scientists, business professionals, students and researchers who are passionate about improving things in Africa and supporting big organizations 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

Do I need to come with a team?

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.

The competition is about more than just thinking up good ideas for leading African healthcare organizations. 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 organizations and future leaders on really interesting challenges. Make change happen with your ideas.

What do I need to bring?

You might want to bring your own computer or mobile device(s), Entrepreneur First do not provide computers or laptops. We will provide high-speed Wi-Fi, power strips, whiteboards, and plenty of caffeine!

Is this an overnight competition / ‘hackathon’?

No, but it can be if teams really want it to be. The competition starts right after the Friday evening kick-off. Entrepreneur First 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 is unlikely to be so high that people will have to stay up all night(!)

Which organizations are taking part?

In the past we've had organizations like UNICEF, MSF, AMREF and Age International involved, making sure we always put forward an interesting range of challenges. Specific details, including schedule and the judging process will be provided to those who register and are selected to participate.

Pitch session

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!



6.00pm: Drinks begins at Entrepreneur First, London

7.00pm: Challenge Presentation

7.30pm: Teams form/register to challenges and HACKATHON officially begins!!

10.30pm: Suggested Day 1 end


9.00 am: Suggested Day 2 start

1.30 pm: Challenge Checkpoints – Teams to briefly feedback to wider group on plans

10.30 pm: Suggested Day 2 end


9.00 am: Suggested Day 3 start

2.00 pm: HACKATHON deadline. Solutions to be handed in

Doors open for Sunday pitch attendees

2.30 pm: In-Conversation with our judges

3.00 pm: ¡¡PITCHES TO START!!

5.00pm: Pitches finished

5.15pm: Winners announced… [END]

Many people will apply to participate. Our space at EF can only support a limited number of participants and as much as we'd like to take everyone, it just will not be possible. Sign up now!

Terms of Participation Agreement: It is our job to provide you with a fun and incredible networking and learning opportunity. The event is intended to be a collaborative forum for sharing, learning, building, and having fun about the challenge of solving problems in Africa. As such, by registering as a participant, you acknowledge that any ideas shared by you or anyone else over the course of the event are contributions to the overall experience and community. As a member of this community, you agree to be inclusive of any and all people and their ideas. You agree to act professionally, treat everyone with respect, and treat the event facilities with proper care. You agree that you are responsible for any accidents or damages that you cause. You also agree to not hold The Kopfadeyemi Fellowship or any of the event supporters liable for any loss, damage, injury, or any other unforeseeable incident.
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