Updated 23 January 2014

The mobile health hackathon

From the first heart transplant to the first healthcare hackathon in South Africa!

During the first of its kind hackathon, the Inclusive Healthcare Innovation Initiative is giving participants the opportunity to create, innovate and to build mobile and technology applications addressing real pressing health challenges.

We are excited that we will be able to do this in a real healthcare setting – Groote Schuur Hospital where the first heart transplant was performed.

Based on a proven international innovation model, this event is aimed at exposing participants to the role enabling technology can play in transforming healthcare delivery in an African context, and will give participants the opportunity to create and build innovative mobile health applications that address real and pressing health challenges.

It will be an opportunity for healthcare workers, students and software developers to come together in a real healthcare setting and to be facilitated through the human-design process by a skilled facilitator.

The goal is for each team to produce a workable prototype that can be showcased and matched with a sustainable business model. Teams will present their work at the Inclusive Healthcare Innovation Summit, held the following week.

The hackathon takes place on 24 & 25 January 2014. Teams will present their work at the Inclusive Healthcare Innovation Summit on 30 January 2014 and the winning team will walk away with the grand prize of R15000. 

More information and contacts

Find more information about the hackathon

Read up about the Inclusive Healthcare Innovation Summit, of which is the official media partner.

For any queiries about the Initiative please contact Dr Lindi van Niekerk at 

Registrations for the Inclusive Healthcare Innovation Summit are can be made at

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