FIRST LIVE LONDON/RIYADH HACKATHON SEEKS ENTERPRISING STUDENTS TO AID WORLD HEALTH & WIN $10K INVESTMENT
Expert leaders in the fields of technology, innovation, creative business and health, and leading female entrepreneurs, will partner with Saudi Arabia’s MiSK Foundation to host the first ever dual-nation UK/Saudi Hackathon
Expert leaders in the fields of technology, innovation, creative business and health, and leading female entrepreneurs, will partner with Saudi Arabia’s MiSK Foundation to host the first ever dual-nation UK/Saudi Hackathon to develop tech solutions to the world’s most challenging health problems.
Organised by MiSK, a non-governmental organisation that focuses on cultivating learning and leadership for the country’s youth, the Hackathon takes place in London and Riyadh on 25-27 November via a live 48-hour broadcast link-up. Up to 400 participants aged 18-32 will work in mixed gender teams and pitch their life-changing idea to an expert panel.
The winning team will receive ongoing mentoring and USD $10k investment to help bring their idea to market. Students in IT, science and healthcare, as well as all budding entrepreneurs, coders, developers and designers, are encouraged to apply to attend the event at www.miskhackathon.com.
Comments Bader Al-Asakir, MiSK Foundation Secretary General: “Youth empowerment and entrepreneurialism are the life blood of a thriving economic future. With life expectancy and health issues escalating and becoming a global challenge, we believe that finding innovative solutions to these problems are critical.”
Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College London, Francesca Rubulotta, welcomed the timeliness of the initiative, saying: “With increasing health needs placing even more demand on an accelerating NHS deficit, relying solely on current health provision is no longer a viable or sustainable option. Initiatives such as this will genuinely save time, resource and potentially millions of lives.”.
Comments Jan Ward, former UK Female Entrepreneur of the Year and founder of energy business, Corrotherm: “As the first cross-cultural, mixed gender event designed to provide health solutions to world problems, it’s an important and progressive step forward.”