Merck, ESA, FabSpace 2.0 Darmstadt and SentinelHUB joined forces to launch the Space2Health Hackathon during the weekend of 7th and 8th of October. It was the first joined Hackathon of its kind but probably not the last one. The team of FabSpace 2.0 Darmstadt was engaged as mentors during the event. Bayzidul Islam and Sascha Heising also worked as advisors for all geo related questions during the planning phase. Three exiting challenges where announced to tackle by the candidates.
- Use Earth observation and epidemiology data to model the spread of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).
- Find ways to enable health tracking for the 3 billion people that live without internet access, in some of the world’s most remote areas.
- Work with real telemetry data from spacecrafts to find correlating patterns and resolve issues related to human healthcare.
After a welcome ceremony and a first introduction by Janik Weigel the attendees we’re told to select their challenges and form teams. By 20:00 in the evening the teams were able to use the infrastructure in Mercks Innovation Centre to work on their solutions. Various mentors from Merck, ESA and FabSpace where around to provide help and guidance if needed. Most of the teams worked the whole night before refreshing at the breakfast at 8:00 a.m. provided by Merck. Finally, all teams worked on their slides and pitches to get ready for their presentations in front of a cross industry expert jury board.
Have a look at the images of the event and also get inspired how a FabSpace 2.0 event can look like in the video above. Want to know, if you should also join an upcoming FabSpace 2.0 event? Check out the interview session in the video below.