MIT Hacking Racism In Healthcare Hackathon Support

Our Founder was asked to provide a keynote speech alongside  for the launch of the MIT Hacking Racism in Healthcare Challenge, a 48-hour virtual hackathon. She then was brought in as a mentor to provide public health design thinking support for the mobilized key stakeholders, including patients, clinicians, engineers, data scientists, programmers, artists/designers, and public health professionals to use design thinking skills to identify and tackle systemic health inequities that impact underrepresented and vulnerable racial groups.

During the hackathon, participants worked virtually in teams to choose a specific problem within their track and develop a potential solution to this problem. Open to everyone from unlikely innovators to seasoned founders, all participants were encouraged to develop a product within an existing organisation, solve a problem that they identified within a healthcare setting, or just develop new tech skills.

They were encouraged to use any tools at their disposal, as well as seek expert guidance from Mentors to develop their solution. At the end of the hackathon, solutions were pitched to a panel of judges who gave feedback.