DSN Partners with Meta to Launch Mobility and Geospatial Data for Health Solutions Hackathon

Source: DsnaiUniben

Data Scientists Network, in partnership with Meta, is organising an inclusive Pan-African hands-on training and learning hackathon focused on solving specific local problems and driving data-driven decision-making in health service optimization applications using mobility and geospatial data.

The event aims to build an ecosystem for local talent development, utilising the application of Artificial Intelligence in the health sector. Furthermore, the event will focus on four African countries: Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa.

Additionally, this initiative will expose participants, including medical doctors, health workers, pharmacists, nurses, health extension workers, AI professionals, and government workers, to sessions where they will learn how to work with geospatial data and perform geospatial analysis. This will enable them to build solutions that solve unique problems on the continent.

Objectives of the event include:
  • Designing a medical emergency response for school children;
  • Speedy response of ambulances to emergency sites with traffic considerations;
  • Improving access to healthcare services for women and girls living in poverty;
  • Estimating correlation between demographics and healthcare centres with a view to understanding health needs;
  • Predicting the following optimum location for sitting health facility;
  • Socio-economic distribution to understand access to medical care;
  • How mobility can be harnessed to make informed decisions and health interventions in local communities;
  • Optimising resource allocation for health interventions.
  • 1st prize: USD 3,000;
  • 2nd prize: USD 2,000;
  • 3rd prize: USD 1,000;
  • Best Per Country: USD 500;
  • Artificial Intelligence Books;
  • Certification of Participation.
Important Information
Hackathon Guidelines 

You can apply as an individual or as a team. For a team, a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4. Application for the online hackathon starts on the 28th of November 2022 and closes on the 11th of December 2022. Register here.

  • Eligibility 

To participate, the applicants must be: 

  • Resident in one of the four African countries covered by the initiative (Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa).
  • Be at least 18 years old or have written consent from a parent or legal guardian.  
  • Attend 50% of the training sessions. 
Judging Criteria
  • Relevance: Does it solve any of the identified problems?
  • Understandability: Is it easily understood?
  • Value-sensitivity: Does it align with the values/ethics/morals of its users?
  • Performance: How well does it solve the problem?
  • Usability: How easy is it to use?
  • Reproducibility: How easy is it to rebuild the solution?
  • Testability: How easy is it to test the solutions or verify modifications?
  • Changeability: How easy is it to modify or improve its functionality?
  • Documentation: Is the solution well documented? 

Timeline of Events

  • Registration for learning classes- 9  – 30 November 2022;
  • Hackathon application – 28 November – 11 December 2022;
  • Country workshops – 17 December 2022;
  • Solution submission deadline – 18 December 2022;
  • Finale event – 22 December 2022.

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