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WHAT HAPPENS WHENYOU BRING
TOGETHER PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERS
ANDTECHNOLOGISTSTO PREVENT
THE SPREAD OF DISEASE?
EPIHACK RIO PH...
At	
  the	
  Epihack	
  Rio,	
  tech	
  and	
  health	
  
professionals	
  were	
  asked	
  to	
  think-­‐
up	
  and	
  pr...
On	
  the	
  opening	
  day	
  of	
  the	
  EpiHack	
  
all	
  participants	
  are	
  welcomed	
  to	
  
the	
  event	
  a...
Each	
  EpiHack	
  has	
  a	
  particular	
  health	
  “theme”	
  which	
  allows	
  the	
  participants	
  to	
  
focus	
...
To	
  increase	
  their	
  understanding	
  and	
  appreciation	
  for	
  the	
  mass	
  gathering	
  theme,	
  all	
  
of...
To	
  discover	
  innovative	
  solutions,	
  the	
  early	
  stage	
  of	
  the	
  EpiHack	
  include	
  debate	
  and	
 ...
During	
  the	
  EpiHack,	
  participants	
  help	
  shape	
  the	
  agenda	
  and	
  position	
  themselves	
  
on	
  tea...
Teams	
  are	
  always	
  composed	
  of	
  both	
  epidemiologists	
  and	
  technologists.	
  
Together	
  they	
  take	...
After	
  creating	
  consensus	
  on	
  a	
  concept	
  for	
  an	
  innovative	
  prototype,	
  the	
  potential	
  
tech...
As	
  the	
  technologists	
  assemble	
  the	
  
prototypes,	
  it	
  is	
  up	
  to	
  the	
  
epidemiologists	
  	
  li...
EpiHacks	
  feature	
  long	
  working	
  hours	
  and	
  stretches	
  of	
  intense	
  work	
  and	
  debate.	
  
EpiHack...
In	
  the	
  final	
  stages	
  of	
  the	
  event,	
  “Hacking	
  for	
  Health”	
  intensifies	
  as	
  participants	
  
s...
The	
  final	
  presentation	
  brings	
  all	
  of	
  the	
  EpiHackers	
  together	
  for	
  one	
  final	
  look	
  at	
 ...
At	
  the	
  close	
  of	
  EpiHack	
  Rio,	
  participants	
  had	
  gained	
  an	
  expanded	
  network	
  to	
  
exchan...
For	
  more	
  information,	
  visit:	
  
www.epihack.org
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EpiHack Rio Photo Essay

  1. 1. WHAT HAPPENS WHENYOU BRING TOGETHER PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERS ANDTECHNOLOGISTSTO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF DISEASE? EPIHACK RIO PHOTO ESSAY BY JOSEPH AGOADA
  2. 2. At  the  Epihack  Rio,  tech  and  health   professionals  were  asked  to  think-­‐ up  and  prototype  new  innovations   that  will  help  slow  the  spread  of   disease  and  prevent  deadly   outbreaks.
  3. 3. On  the  opening  day  of  the  EpiHack   all  participants  are  welcomed  to   the  event  and  put  in  the   innovation  mindset  through   introductory  talks  and   presentations.   Dr.  Mark  Smolinski,  Director  of  the   Skoll  Global  Threats  Fund  speaks   to  the  EpiHackers  on  the  opening   day  about  the  goals  and  intended   outcomes  of  the  week.
  4. 4. Each  EpiHack  has  a  particular  health  “theme”  which  allows  the  participants  to   focus  in  on  the  prototypes  they  will  create.  For  EpiHack  Rio  the  theme  was  “Mass   Gatherings”,  chosen  due  to  the  the  many  “Eventos  De  Massa  No  Brasil”  (Mass   Gatherings  in  Brazil),  which  includes  the  upcoming  2016  Olympics.
  5. 5. To  increase  their  understanding  and  appreciation  for  the  mass  gathering  theme,  all   of  the  EpiHack  Rio  participants  visited  the  Maracanã  stadium  for  an  evening   football  match.  The  stadium  will  play  host  to  the  opening  and  closing  of  the   Olympic  Games  and  has  a  seating  capacity  of  over  78,000.
  6. 6. To  discover  innovative  solutions,  the  early  stage  of  the  EpiHack  include  debate  and   conversation  on  the  most  urgent  needs  and  opportunities  for  innovation  are  critical   elements  of  the  EpiHack.  Participants  bring  perspectives  of  health  and  technology  from   different  countries  and  contexts.  This  dialogue  leads  to  a  cross-­‐fertilization  of  ideas  and   validation  on  what  is  feasible  and  most  appropriate.   Tina  Endricks  (right),  a  public  health  official  from  England  who  worked  on  the  health   team  at  the  2012  Olympic  Games  answers  a  question  with  the  help  of  Manickam   Ponnaiah  (left)  an  epidemiologist  from  the  National  Institute  of  Epidemiology  in   Chennai  India.
  7. 7. During  the  EpiHack,  participants  help  shape  the  agenda  and  position  themselves   on  teams  working  on  prototype  ideas  that  best  fit  their  interest  and  expertise.   Post-­‐it  notes  help  individuals  place  themselves  into  prototype  groups.  This  is  a   fluid  process  during  the  EpiHack  event.  Prototype  ideas  evolve  and  change  just   as  small  teams  disassemble  and  then  reform  throughout  the  event.
  8. 8. Teams  are  always  composed  of  both  epidemiologists  and  technologists.   Together  they  take  on  a  specific  design  challenge  or  prototype  idea.  At  EpiHack   Rio,  one  team  focused  on  creating  a  “self-­‐reporting”  mobile  application  which   would  easily  allow  individuals  to  track  their  health  and  inform  local  officials  of   potential  outbreaks.  Early  versions  of  prototypes  are  often  drawn  on  large  flip   charts.
  9. 9. After  creating  consensus  on  a  concept  for  an  innovative  prototype,  the  potential   technology  solution  begins  to  form.  It  is  then  up  to  the  developers  and   technologists  at  the  event  to  make  prototypes  from  inspiration  to  something   tangible  for  the  audience  at  the  final  presentation  to  conisder.   Onicio  Leal  (left)  founder  of  the  Brazilian  organization  EpiTrack,  and  Polawat   Phetra  (right)  of  the  Thai  organization  Open  Dream,  were  two  of  the  lead   developers  that  put  in  combined  hundreds  of  hours  to  code  and  design  time  to   assemble  the  final  prototypes.
  10. 10. As  the  technologists  assemble  the   prototypes,  it  is  up  to  the   epidemiologists    like  Dr.  Megha   Khobragade  of  the  Ministry  of   Health  and  Family  Welfare  in  India,   to  keep  a  critical  eye  and  ensure   that  the  tools  are  appropriate  for   use  in  a  real-­‐world  setting.
  11. 11. EpiHacks  feature  long  working  hours  and  stretches  of  intense  work  and  debate.   EpiHack  Rio  was  no  exception  for  that  trend,  but  that  work  is  balanced  with  fun   and  energizing  team  and  cultural  activities.  During  a  break  in  the  action,   participants  were  given  a  demonstration  and  interactive  lesson  on  Capoiera,  a   Brazilian  martial  art  that  combines  elements  of  dance,  acrobatics  and  music.
  12. 12. In  the  final  stages  of  the  event,  “Hacking  for  Health”  intensifies  as  participants   spend  late  nights  finalizing  their  prototypes  for  presentation.  At  EpiHack  Rio  the   prototypes  included  a  health  self-­‐reporting  mobile  application,  a  dashboard  for   data  visualization  of  health  information  and  an  automated  health  app  generator   for  mass  gatherings.  
  13. 13. The  final  presentation  brings  all  of  the  EpiHackers  together  for  one  final  look  at   the  ideas  that  were  developed  through  the  event.  At  the  EpiHack  Rio   presentation,  public  health  officials  from  Brazil  and  members  of  the  Olympic   Committee  attended  to  give  their  feedback  on  the  promise  of  the  solution  for   upcoming  mass  gatherings  in  Brazil.
  14. 14. At  the  close  of  EpiHack  Rio,  participants  had  gained  an  expanded  network  to   exchange  knowledge  and  insights.  The  critical  connections  formed  will  help   further  develop  innovations  that  allow  health  officials  to  be  one  step  ahead  of   outbreaks  at  mass  gatherings.
  15. 15. For  more  information,  visit:   www.epihack.org

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