NBS Health Hackathon

MSc Enterprise and Business Creation student, Marta Perez Rodriguez Malo, speaks on the experience of organising a ‘hackathon’, and how they adjusted the event so it could proceed despite the lockdown.

Against all odds, the IV edition of the Health Hackathon was celebrated. When a face to face event was off the table, the students from the MSc Enterprise and Business creation along with Dr Dimitrios Dousios, decided to go ahead implementing a few changes.

The event was a health hackathon which means that groups of people will work together to come up with a solution for a problem, in this case, health related. The current situation with the Covid-19 gave us a perfect topic for this event, Covid-19 vs Wellbeing. 

After spending months organising this event, we had just a couple of weeks to adapt it to an online platform. This put some pressure on us, but we knew it could be done. The event was celebrated on the Saturday 9th of May. We had participants from all over the world, European, African and Asian countries, USA, Canada, etc. Despite the time difference, we had high participation. 

The groups used different platforms to work together, BlackBoard, Slack, Zoom, Google Drive, etc. and after working in teams for three hours, they put together great presentations. 

All four groups offered an online service directed to different customer segments. One of the groups presented an app offering a mobile gym, Wellbeing 263, with a service for a personal online coach. Other group presented Happy Life, an app for senior citizens, to keep them active and engage. The third group introduce an app called Diarybetes, where people from rural areas suffering from Diabetes could record their blood sugar, and their doctors will have access to it without the need of travelling to the doctor’s clinic. Finally, the winners of the event, presented an app called FIP, a wellbeing tracker for students to increase self-awareness towards positive experiences with the option to mute negative streams.

From the team organizing the event, we want to give a big thank you to Dr Dimitrios Dousios for all the support provided and Ezra Arenyeka for being our judges. To the participants, for their patience with technology, and for putting together their ideas and creativity. And finally, to the NBS for providing us with the opportunity to organize this event.

“The ability of a group of people to do remarkable things hinges on how well those people pull together as a team.”

Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

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