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WHAT HAPPENS WHENYOU BRING
TOGETHER PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERS
ANDTECHNOLOGISTSTO PREVENT
THE SPREAD OF DISEASE?
EPIHACK RIO PHOTO ESSAY
BY JOSEPH AGOADA
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.	
  
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.
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.
For	
  more	
  information,	
  visit:	
  
www.epihack.org

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EpiHack Rio Photo Essay

  • 1. WHAT HAPPENS WHENYOU BRING TOGETHER PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERS ANDTECHNOLOGISTSTO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF DISEASE? EPIHACK RIO PHOTO ESSAY BY JOSEPH AGOADA
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. For  more  information,  visit:   www.epihack.org