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About this event

Sierra Leone Health Hackathon On Risk Communication is a 4-day hackathon event that is designed to bring together tech developers, risk communication and disease control professionals to find solutions to challenges in the risk communication sector that will enhance efforts in responding to health emergencies and epidemics. These actors will be joined together at the Sensi Tech Hub with the mandate of working together to identify and rapidly develop new approaches to solving the problems of delays, missed opportunities and even tragedy that can come from poor communication of health information during health emergencies and epidemics. For instance, the teams may create new web- and mobile-based tools designed to address a specific need. Or they might find new ways to harness communication channels to ensure the effective spread of important and accurate health information.

The event will be organized by Sensi Tech Innovation Hub in partnership with the MOHS on behalf of GFA Consulting Group and GIZ as part of the German Cooperation financed project: Regional Program supporting Pandemic Prevention in the ECOWAS Region (RPPP).

The hackathon event will start on Monday, 28th May 2018 and will end on Thursday, 31st May 2018 at Sensi Tech Innovation Hub 67 Sir Samuel Lewis Road Aberdeen, Freetown.

There will be 3 prizes available for the top 3 teams and the top team will also be put into an aftercare mentoring program with support from Sensi, GIZ, GFA and expert mentors from the field of risk communication and health to help develop the winning prototype: The awards will be in tablets, smart phones and IT training courses worth value of:
1st prize: $1500 2nd prize: $1000 3rd prize: $ 750.

For more information, contact Sensi Tech Hub on Mobile +23279364008 or by E-mail at info@sensi-sl.org.

Schedule

  • Monday
  • 8:30 – 9:00 – Breakfast Time

    9:00 – 10:45 – Set up, sign in, networking,

    10:45 – 11:00 – Tea/ Coffee Break (with Snacks)

    11:00 – 12:00 – Introductions, Overview presentation of the Hackathon and challenges.

    12:00 – 13:00 – Brainstorming / Ideas

    13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch Time

    14:00 – 15:00 – Teams formation, start of development challenge

    16:00 – 16:15– Tea/ Coffee Break (with Snacks)

    16:15 – 18:00 – Development and registration of prototype ideas on hack dash website

  • Tuesday
  • 8:30 – 9:00 – Breakfast Time

    9:00 – 11:00 – Development continues with workshops led by visiting mentors available to teams and individuals.

    11:00 – 11:15 – Tea/ Coffee Break (with Snacks)

    11:15 – 13:00 – Development continues with support from visiting mentors who will be

                            available to teams and individuals.                      
    

    13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch Time

    14:00 – 16:00 – Development continues

    16:00 – 16:15 – Tea/ Coffee Break (with Snacks)

    16:15 – 18:00 – Hackathon update / presentation to the conference. What is happening? What

                              people are up to?
    
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Rules

Code of Conduct The Hackathon for health Communication in emergencies and epidemics is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity a...

Code of Conduct

The Hackathon for health Communication in emergencies and epidemics is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion. The organizers will not tolerate harassment of hackathon participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any hackathon venue, including receptions, work time, and/or talks. Hackathon participants violating these rules may be expelled from the event at the discretion of the organizers.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion
Sexual images in public spaces
Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
Harassing photography or recording
Sustained disruption of talks or other events
Inappropriate physical contact
Unwelcome sexual attention
Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior

Participant pitches will be judged on five core criteria:

Creativity: How unique and inventive is the project’s core concept? Feasibility: How viable is the plan for executing, scaling, and sustaining the project? Innovation: How well did the proposed solution reimagine a process or create a product to meet a communication need? Potential impact: Will this proposed communication solution have a large potential impact? Dissemination: How defined is the plan to broadly disseminate the proposed solution? How likely is that plan to succeed?

Judges will only consider work that was done at the Health Hackathon for Emergency Risk Communication for West Africa.

Each judge will score each team presentation individually, and all judges’ scores will be tallied to select award winners. The “best presentation” award will be chosen by people’s choice.