Friday, August 25, 2017
CAMTech Uganda convened over 250 participants for a Clinical Challenge Summit to kick-off the weekend's hack-a-thon with an introduction from Dr. Data Santorino, CAMTech Uganda Country Manager. Philippa Ngaju Makobore, the Department Head of the Instrumentation Division at the Ugandan Industrial Research Institute, moderated the Clinical Challenge Summit. Clinical experts also addressed innovators on panels focused on pediatric and neonatal health, nursing, midwifery, obstetrics and gynecology.
The Clinical Challenge Summit concluded with a Business Workshop organized by Nuriat Nambogo and Jacob Fohtung of CAMTech Uganda, an innovation showcase and a presentation by Samuel Mugisha of Mbarara University of Science and Technology.
Innovators gathered Friday evening for a cocktail reception at the Massachusetts General Hospital Guest House in Mbarara before commencing the 48-hour-long hack-a-thon.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Hack-a-thon Day 1 began with opening remarks from Celestino Obua, the Vice Chancellor of Mbarara University of Science and Technology, and Dr. Kristian Olson, Director of CAMTech. Hack-a-thon speakers included Theodora T. Twongyirwe, the Chair of the CAMTech Uganda Board, Dr. Kristian Olson and Jacob Fohtung, who presented on design thinking to familiarize innovators with user-centered design before hacking.
"It can be the start of a journey. CAMTech Boston together with CAMTech Uganda under the leadership of Dr. Data started five years ago with this idea that if we talk to people who are focusing on challenges that are in their own communities, they'll come up with better solutions." - Dr. Kristian Olson, Director of CAMTech
Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, Uganda's Minister for Science, Technology and Innovations, opened the 5th Annual CAMTech Uganda Medtech Hack-a-thon and represented the Government of Uganda's commitment to innovating affordable medical technologies.
"The Ministry and the Government are interested in supporting you, and we are here for you. In the coming years, we shall see the prototypes from the hack-a-thon being funded in the country." - Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, Minister for Science, Technology and Innovations
Dr. Annabella Habinka and Alexis Steel, Senior Manager for Global Operations at CAMTech, introduced the rules, format and judging criteria during Hack-a-thon 101.
Participants pitched clinical challenges to other innovators before forming teams.
After pitching potential innovations, the hack-a-thon officially began with innovators forming of cross-disciplinary teams, the opening of the Hack Store and mentor briefing at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology Resource Center.
Teams continued to hack on Saturday overnight into Sunday morning before practice pitches.
Sunday, August 27, 2017
By Sunday morning, teams rehearsed during practice presentations before showcasing their innovations to judges on Hack-a-thon Day 2.
Judges began their first round of judging to select the top 6 teams after 24 hours of hacking.
Competing for $2,000 USD (2,500,800 UGX) in funding and acceleration support from CAMTech, the top 6 teams presented once more to the panel of judges.
Dr. Frank Tumwebaze, Uganda's Minister for Information, Communication and Technology, closed the event by addressing innovators as an alumnus of Mbarara University of Science and Technology and as a supporter of CAMTech Uganda.