Four teams have been named winners of the inaugural Health Hack Accra, a health innovation hackathon seeking to improve health outcomes throughout Ghana.
The event took place at Impact Hub Accra from August 26 – 28, 2016 with over a hundred health entrepreneurs – students, surgeons, et al – present to develop solutions for improving health.
The entrepreneurs formed 29 teams of 3-6 individuals and were charged with creating and developing innovative businesses in four areas, namely: Maternal reproductive health, connectivity & access to healthcare, and disease-specific interventions.
After the hackathon, the teams pitched their solutions or products to a highly-esteemed local and international judging panel from USAID, Ghana Angel Investors Network (GAIN), BBC News (World Service Group), and Merck.
The judges picked three teams as winners of the event. The teams are
Peach Technologies, an AI-powered mobile electronic health record system, Crowdfrica, a crowdfunding platform for healthcare, and dYnaMix, a condom delivery service.
The organizers later announced the selection of Zurak Cancer Foundation, which creates awareness and educate people on cancer, as part of the winners.
The four teams will receive a business development prize pack – including six months of co-working in the Merck Entrepreneurial Development Space (MEDspace) located at Impact Hub Accra.
They will also attend a five-day Unreasonable Labs business acceleration course, and receive support from Facebook (including acceptance into the Bootstrap track of the FbStart program, support to create a Free Basics compatible website, and complimentary business software).
“The spirit of the Health Hack Accra was truly unique and inspiring. To experience so many young and passionate people work very hard over the whole weekend to solve some of the biggest challenges in healthcare on the continent was great. It is amazing how much can be achieved and created within one weekend,” said Karina Fassbender, innovation facilitator at Merck.
The hackathon was organized by Impact Hub Accra and sponsored by Merck, a leading science and technology company in healthcare, with support from key partners such as Hack for Big Choices and Facebook.