Health hackathon coming November 8-10

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Applications are open for the Latvian stage of the i-Days hackathon of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology Health Community (EIT Health), which is being organized by Riga Stradiņš University from November 8 to 10.

Teams of students, residents and young professionals will search for solutions to health challenges, this year focusing specifically on digital solutions. In the hackathon, the teams will battle for victory and the main prize: 1,000 euros and a ticket to the European final competition in Vienna.

"During recent years, the health sector has experienced and continues to face various tests... The pandemic has created additional interest in science, medicine, and innovation. The challenges of recent years have highlighted the weaknesses of traditional and usual solutions, creating the need for responsibility, faster action and the search for effective solutions. Therefore, the hackathon is a great opportunity to jointly search for improvements that are so important for both the industry and society," said Baiba Pētersone, director of RSU's Department of International Relations and head of the EIT Health Center.

Last year first place was won by the "No Trace, No Spills" team, whose solution consists of safe and environmentally friendly sensors capable of detecting the causative agents of bacteria, fungi and other microbes released toxins and inform consumers about it. 

At this year's hackathon, team members will be able to listen to lectures by industry professionals, be inspired by various success stories and create innovative solutions in healthcare for three days. In addition to the main prize, second place will receive 800 euros, and third place 700 euros.

Those interested in participating are invited to apply for the hackathon without delay by filling out the application form at:

Both teams and individual participants can apply for their participation. Application is possible until November 7.

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