HiOA students won global health hackathon
Three first-year HiOA students in applied computer technology won a global health technology competition organised by the United Nations and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Problem solvers from all around the world joined forces at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Hack for Health in June 2017— a global competition aimed at creating technical solutions for urban health challenges, organized at the WSIS Forum in Geneva.
The 42 participants from 16 nations worked in teams to create new solutions and develop working prototypes to address health challenges posed by increasing urbanization, including clean water; pollution; non-communicable diseases; and promoting healthy behaviour.
A wide variety of ideas emerged to address the challenges of urban health, and the hackathon attempted to scale up localized solutions to global problems, writes the International Post and Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Top prize was awarded to Anne Igletjørn, Dendembo Diallo and Dasha Krivonos, first-year students in applied computer technology from HiOA, who developed an idea for a digital storytelling platform to revolutionize how parents and children engage with health information.