The Hackathon has ended. Check out the winners here!
Did you know that more than a billion people worldwide are at risk of contracting neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)? These infections, left untreated, can lead to disability (including blindness and elephantiasis), stigma, and even death. Help us fight the battle to end NTDs (And win $500 for yourself, too)!
How? Are you an undergraduate or graduate student interested in addressing a real public health challenge facing NTD programs? Join us for a virtual hackathon event!
Teams will compete to win $500 per person and the opportunity to showcase their work in a virtual booth at the “Innovation Lab” trade show during the annual meeting of the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD), a global meeting of researchers, program implementers and their in-country partners with the shared goal of optimizing NTD control and elimination.
While NTD programs are reaching large numbers of people, they aren’t perfect. For example, NTDs are preventable and treatable, but oftentimes people are unwilling to accept treatment due to disturbing rumors or misinformation they have heard. The Task Force for Global Health is hosting a virtual hackathon, “Spread Truth, Not Disease,” on April 17 to solve this global health communication challenge that countries face today.
APRIL 11 - KICKOFF
Hackathon information packet email sent to participants
APRIL 17 - WORK DAY
All-Introduction webinar 9-10 a.m. EST
Teams-Breakout rooms that you can use to communicate with your team.
- You will be provided with contact information for an NTD advisor for your team.
APRIL 18 - MINI PRESENTATION AND JUDGING
- Each team will be assigned a time to present their findings to our expert judges.
- Presentations should be 3-4 minutes in length in any format.
Judging will take place and winners will be announced on the web site and via email.
Graduate and undergraduate students (of any background--communications, business, public health, etc.) may sign up. Interested participants must be willing to attend 1-hour events on April 11, 17 and 18, and to participate in teamwork to solve the challenge between April 12 and 17.
Registration is now closed.
Do I need to find my own teammates?
You can sign up with teammates or you can sign up individually and be placed into a team.
How many teams will there be?
A maximum of 25 teams, first come first served
Who can sign up?
Undergrad and graduate students who can compete during Eastern Standard Time hours.
How much does each winning team member receive?
Is there information I can check out now on the subject?
Check out this webinar from the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance and COR-NTD about the challenges with misinformation.
Is the NTD Support Center reaching out to our partners across the world to provide them equal access to the hackathon opportunity?
This hackathon event is a pilot. In devising a strategy for our first hackathon, we realized differing time zones would be a challenge for synchronous work. Therefore, this first event - while it is open to graduate and undergraduate students - will be held in the EST time zone, which we realize is a limiting factor for some partners worldwide. We have every intention of engaging a wider range of students and other interested parties in future events.