Hack African Healthcare at Google Campus with WEF
UPDATE February 2017: This year’s event is taking place February 24th – February 26th 2017 and you can get your tickets here!
The World Economic Forum Global Shapers present the 2016 Kopfadeyemi Challenge, a real-life hackathon with a difference. Over a high-energy weekend, teams of people from all walks of life (not just computer programmers!) will compete to solve some of the most pressing African healthcare initiatives, winning the challenge prize and potential seed-funding money.
From February 26th – 28th 2016 at the Google Campus in Shoreditch, teams in London and across Africa will make change happen with their ideas among the Kopfadeyemi community, built around opportunities to work with emerging African healthcare organisations and future leaders. The 2016 Kopfadeyemi Challenge will bring together business professionals, students and researchers who are passionate about improving things in Africa and supporting organisations to solve their challenges.
You do not have to be an expert in the healthcare industry or technologically-inclined. You are, however, someone who thinks a little differently from everyone else and has the ability to solve problems with a little ingenuity. This challenge will bring together smart, talented people from a diversity of backgrounds with a variety of strengths and passions. Techies and non-techies, medical and non-medical, students and professionals.
Community workers, developers, entrepreneurs, artists, educators, business professionals, students, everyday people and more! It’s the teams made up of a mix of people from different backgrounds who come up with the greatest ideas and form relationships that last beyond the weekend.
Buy your ticket here (with student discounts available) and start your application early!
Do I need to come with a team?
It is not 100% necessary. If you don’t have a team now, don’t worry. There will be team formation processes before things kick off, including opportunities for you to form teams with individuals on the Continent who want to participate and don’t have teams.
What do I need to bring?
You might want to bring your own computer or mobile devices, Google Campus do not provide computers or laptops. There will be high-speed Wi-Fi, power strips, whiteboards, and plenty of caffeine! The ticket price covers food, drink and nibbles for the entire weekend.
Is this an overnight competition / ‘hackathon’?
No, but it can be if teams want it to. The Kopfadeyemi Challenge starts right after the Friday evening kick-off. Google Campus will be open at all times during the weekend and people are welcome to bring their own pillows and sleeping bags if they want to work that hard!
What are the African healthcare organisations, businesses and initiatives taking part?
There is an interesting range of organisations taking part. They are important national or sub-regional African organisations working to improve healthcare in Africa. A couple are not-for-profit organisations and a couple will be profit-making businesses. The organisations lined up will be interesting, some of which you will have heard of. Further details of the event, including schedule and judging process will be provided to those who register and are selected.
Does buying a ticket guarantee entry to the hackathon?
Many people will apply to participate but unfortunately the space at Google Campus can only support a limited number of participants. The fairest way to decide who can come along is by asking everyone a little bit more about themselves. Please buy your ticket and begin your application early to avoid disappointment.
Can I just come to hear the pitches?
If you don’t want to participate but are interested to hear the ideas that come out (or support your family/friends who have participated), purchase your pitch night ticket! Light food and drinks will be provided.