Health + Innovation

Health Hack Accra Hackathon

26-28 August 2016 in Acra, Ghana

On August 26, 2016, nearly 150 social entrepreneurs, divided into 29 teams, arrived at the Impact Hub Accra, Ghana to take part in the Health Hack Accra, the first Hackathon sponsored by Merck in Africa. The event brought together biomedical engineers, scientists, programmers and business students from various parts of West Africa attempt to solve to some of Africa’s toughest health challenges, as supplied and presented by Merck employees. After welcome speeches given by representatives from the Merck Innovation Center and Impact Hub Accra, the ambitious hackers began their assignments.

Challenges

The Challenges were announced a month prior to the event. On the application form, the hackers had to specify which of the provided challenges they wanted to work on and present their preliminary idea for the solution. The three challenge areas, supplied by Merck, included:

  1. Reproductive and Maternal Health
  2. Connectivity and Access to Health
  3. Non-Communicable and Infectious Diseases

And the Winner is…

After 36 hours of uninterrupted work, the teams presented their ideas to the jury, which consisted of political, business, media and non-profit representatives. Isaac Adupong, Merck Ghana’s General Manager of Biopharma, represented Merck in the jury.

Second and third places went to teams working on the Maternal and Reproductive Health Challenge: dYnaMix (3rd place) came up with a condom delivery system, and Peach Technologies (2nd place) invented an mobile AI-powered health record system. First place went to Crowdfrica, the team working on the Connectivity and Access to Health Challenge, that developed a health crowdfunding platform that enables patients to get necessary funding for their treatments.

Team dYnaMix consisted of Akosua Agyepong, Cyril Alexis Otabil, François Chimoun, Elorm Adawudu Koss, Luther Nii Antiyie Addy, Akharigeya Atabinore Joshua. Team Peach Technologies included Kwame Akpalu, Oteng Kwame Appiah, Cobby Amoah. Team Crowdfrica included Randy Caiquo, Kofi Asare, Cecilia Acheampong, Suleman Mohammed.

Among other prizes, the Top 3 teams won the access to six months of incubation in the Merck Entrepreneurial Development Space, located at Impact Hub Accra.

Congratulations!