THE CHALLENGE

How might we use low-cost technologies to address healthcare gaps and improve the management of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in under-served but emerging markets?

Help us create global solutions to global problems.

The goal of this hackathon is to tackle the world’s biggest killers: non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by identify promising new solutions using low-cost technologies to address healthcare gaps and improve the management of NCDs in under-served but emerging markets.

Help us create practical solutions that are central to improving the health of millions of people worldwide, particularly in those in resource-poor settings.

Individuals, teams of individuals, are all welcome to participate. As long as you are affiliated with UNSW or The George Institute.

 

Why are we doing this?
The global health landscape is changing rapidly as a consequence of a myriad of factors including population growth, ageing, lifestyle changes and new pandemics of chronic disease and injury. This is placing unprecedented demands on already overstretched healthcare resources in both higher and lower income countries.

 

Worldwide, 70% of death are due to NCDs.
NCDs, also known as chronic diseases, tend to be of long duration and are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behavioural factors.

The main types of NCDs are cardiovascular diseases (like heart attacks and stroke), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma) and diabetes.

NCDs disproportionately affect people in low- and middle-income countries where more than three quarters of global NCD deaths – 32million – occur.

 

Who is at risk of such diseases?
People of all age groups, regions and countries are affected by NCDs. These conditions are often associated with older age groups, but evidence shows that 15 million of all deaths attributed to NCDs occur between the ages of 30 and 69 years. Of these “premature” deaths, over 85% are estimated to occur in low- and middle-income countries. Children, adults and the elderly are all vulnerable to the risk factors contributing to NCDs, whether from unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, exposure to tobacco smoke or the harmful use of alcohol.

These diseases are driven by forces that include rapid unplanned urbanization, globalization of unhealthy lifestyles and population ageing.

 

Together we can change this!
By attending this 2.5 day hackathon you will be part of a global community of medtech entrepreneurs pioneering the creation of affordable and scalable healthcare solutions that transcend social and economic and geographical barriers.

The 10x Health Hackathon is brought to you by UNSW Founders and The George Institute. 

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Three epic days

Over the two and a half days, we’re going to work together on a solution for a real world problem. You’ll be mentored by experts, learn new techniques, collaborate with other students and pitch your ideas!  

Meet new people!

You’ll collaborate with people with different skills and backgrounds to create a global solution to the problem, this hack will be a great opportunity to meet new people with similar interests, make connections with other students, staff and academics and people in the industry. It’s a great way to meet new friends, or reunite with old ones!

Free food and drink!

We’ll keep you fuelled with meals and plenty of snacks throughout the hack to keep you firing on all cylinders! Gluten free and vegan options will be provided. We recommend participants with strict/specific dietary requirements to bring their own supplies.

Prizes

One Grand Prize winner will receive a $3,000 cash prize, the second placed team will receive $1,000 in grants for materials and 6 weeks technology/design support to make their design a reality and the third placed team will have access to mentoring sessions with the Program Manager for the new Health 10x Accelerator

All promising proposals will be considered for further partnership with UNSW Founders and The George Institute.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is a hack?

First up, it’s nothing scary or illegal! Some hacks (including this one) don’t even involve computer programming. A hack is an event, usually occurring over a few days, that encourages people to collaborate in an intensive way to help solve a problem.

What makes a hack so rewarding is the intensity of the experience- you’ll form fast friends and come up with solutions quickly- and the fact that you get to see the outcomes of all that collaborating really quickly. The magic happens when people from all different backgrounds come together and spark ideas in one another that alone, they would never have thought of.

Why attend a hack?

Hacks are a great way to get the ball rolling on solving a whole range of real world issues. They also help you build collaboration skills that are going to be a real asset once you’ve left university.

The reason we’re running this hack is to create global solutions to global problems.

What skills and experience do I need to join this hack?

Individuals, teams of individuals, are all welcome to participate. As long as you are affiliated with UNSW or the George Institute.

There is no prerequisite knowledge needed – we’ll teach you the techniques and methods to produce a business model.

What does success look like in this hack?

At the end of this hack, you will have learnt skills to approach problems with a creative mindset, know some fundamentals about creating a startup business and have collaborated with your peers on some shared interests building your network. Success is a new and disruptive idea that can be monetised and scaled to create a better future for all but also planting the seed for other businesses and ideas that could change the world. Over the weekend we’re looking for innovative and fun ideas that shine as a unique experience for your target audience.

Who owns the IP of the solutions?

Please refer to the MCIC Hack Code of Conduct.

How are teams formed?

Teams will need to have 4-6 members with no more than 3 members in a single discipline. On the first day we’ll hold a team-formation exercise which already-formed groups and solo hackers join together as teams.

What happens after the hack?

One grand prize winner will receive $3,000, one team will receive $1,000 in grants for materials and 6 weeks technology/design support to further development of their concept and one team will be offered a place into the prestigious Founders Start pre-accelerator program.

All promising proposals will be considered for further partnership with UNSW Founders and The George Institute.

Do I need to stay at MCIC the entire time?

We know that you have other obligations and full weekend is a big commitment, however at least half of your team needs to be present at all times, every person needs to sign in once each day (to show you have attended for a portion of each day of the weekend) and your whole team needs to be in attendance at the final pitch!

Do you have a code of conduct?

Absolutely. Participating students agree to abide by the UNSW Code of Conduct.

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