The 6th Annual CAMTech Uganda Medtech Hack-a-thon brought together over 290 innovators from across the globe to develop innovative medical technologies that can improve community health services to attain universal health coverage.
Friday, August 24, 2018
CAMTech Uganda first convened over 100 participants for a Challenge Summit to kick-off the weekend's Hack-a-thon with an introduction from Dr. Data Santorino, CAMTech Uganda Country Manager. Professor Edgar Mulogo, Head of the Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) Community Health Department, opened the Challenge Summit with a Keynote Speech.
During the Challenge Summit, clinical, public health and community experts also addressed innovators on panels focused on community participation, service delivery and health information management.
The Challenge Summit concluded with remarks from Dr. Kristian Olson, Director of CAMTech.
“We’re coming up with solutions to engage the end-user in what would make their lives easier, more fulfilling and more productive. We want to see not one spark from this weekend, not two sparks, but many sparks that are moving the needle on obtaining community health access.” - Dr. Kristian Olson, Director of CAMTech
Innovators gathered Friday evening for a cocktail reception at the Massachusetts General Hospital Guesthouse in Mbarara before commencing the 48-hour-long hack-a-thon. Speakers included Dr. Data Santorino, Dr. Kristian Olson and Professor Celestino Obua, the Vice Chancellor of MUST. The cocktail reception also highlighted presentations from Health Child Uganda, the Central Public Health Laboratories and Mukama Martin, the CAMTech Uganda Co-Creation Lab Manager.
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Hack-a-thon Day 1 began with with opening remarks from Dr. Kristian Olson and included highlights from Sandra Butler from CAMTech, Dr. Robert Kawanja from Villgro Kenya and Dr. Viola Nyakato from the MUST Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.
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 MUST Resource Center.
Sunday, August 26, 2018
By Sunday morning, teams rehearsed during practice presentations before showcasing their innovations to judges on Hack-a-thon Day 2.