Alliance sponsors Medhacks event track on health equity

The Transformative Technologies & Institutions thematic team at the Alliance for a Healthier World (AHW) is participating in this year’s MedHacks innovation competition. The Alliance will sponsor a track about advancing health equity which compels hackers to consider how the benefits of innovations can be made accessible to all.

MedHacks is one of the largest hackathons of its kind. It will take place from the 7th - 9th of September at the East Baltimore Campus of Johns Hopkins University. The competition is expected to draw over 2,000 entries, from 300+ schools across 15 countries, from which 700 student participants with diverse majors ranging from public health to anthropology to computer science, will be selected for the 36-hour hackathon. 

The AHW-sponsored track about advancing health equity will seek innovations focused on the use of open science, which aims to expand access to scientific research, and it's potential to advance health equity. Likely to be featured are innovations that deploy the tools, platforms and processes of open science to solve population-level challenges to health equity. Projects might do this by improving the easy location of open access biomedical literature, providing platforms to crowdsource climate data to compel policy change or by enhancing mechanisms for disease surveillance.

Key Details for Attending

  • Application Required - General applications closed on August 25th at 11:59 PM EST. Applications for JHU students close on September 3th at 11:59 PM EST.
  • Location - Turner Auditorium in the Ross Research Building (720 Rutland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21205) at the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus in East Baltimore, MD.

Further details about the health equity track prize as well as resources for teams looking to submit projects within this track will be made available on the Medhacks 2018 website during the prior week.