World's largest health hackathon seeks solutions to healthcare challenges in Saudi Arabia
Source: MPR Saudi for Badir Program , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Mon December 3, 2018 1:06 pm

SAUDI ARABIA. - More than 1,000 young Saudi hackers - comprising clinicians, engineers, scientists, designers and entrepreneurs - participated at the Convention Center at Princess Noura University in Riyadh on Thursday at the world's largest health hackathon.

Organised by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) with support from Badir Program for Technology Incubators and Accelerators, and in collaboration with MIT Hacking Medicine, the three-day hackathon, titled "Reimagining Healthcare in Saudi Arabia", saw 1,000 hackers compete in 10 different healthcare challenges to advance the design of biomedical technologies towards meeting a target of over 20 biotech startups.

The winners were announced at the end of the competition.
 
"Aligned with the Saudi Ministry of Health's Model of Care, the healthcare challenges, ranging from - blockchain and AI for health, cancer innovation track, and assistive technology and ageing - are aimed to energise and connect the best talents across the health ecosystem in the health and technology sectors to solve the healthcare’s biggest challenges and teach healthcare entrepreneurship and digital strategies to scale medicine in the Kingdom," said Dr. Anas Alfaris, Vice President for Research Institutes at KACST during his opening speech at the hackathon .

 

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