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The Femtech Innovation Hackathon is a unique event that brings together students, young professionals, and other individuals around the world to help us close the health gender gap!

Weekend innovation hackathon, harnessing multi-disciplinary talent and cutting-edge technology to create gender-specific solutions to close the gender health gap.

With women accounting for only 29% – 34% of clinical trial participants, this underrepresentation of women along with the lack of research has led to a medical and pharmaceutical design bias that results in increased health risks for women in drug development.

HackHERHealth leverages Artificial Intelligence and diverse expertise, welcoming coding and non-coding solutions to tackle key challenges in closing the gender health gap.

Who Can Participate?

We welcome from all backgrounds!

The HackHERHEalth Hackathon is dedicated to fostering an inclusive and diverse environment, welcoming participants from a wide spectrum of professional backgrounds. This includes, but is not limited to individuals from various sectors of healthcare, such as clinicians, healthcare providers, administrators, and educators; professionals and students in AI, IT, and deep technology; researchers and academicians in biotechnology, health informatics, and epidemiology; as well as experts in health economics, policy, and management.

We welcome participants from all backgrounds, and coding experience is not required. This is a hybrid event with both online and in-person participation options. The spirit of this Femtech Innovation Hackathon is to unite a rich mix of perspectives and expertise, ranging from technical and clinical to administrative and supportive roles, all united by a common goal of addressing and minimizing the gender health gap!”

This first edition of the hackathon invites you to create solutions that help to close the gender health gap. HackHERHealth is a truly collaborative event harnessing the power of industry, academia and the healthcare sector. It is organised by Health Innovation West, sponsored by AstraZeneca and hosted by GoCo Health Innovation City and Sahlgrenska Science Park.

The brightest ideas will receive recognition at Awards Ceremony on 19 April at Sahlgrenska Science Park in Gothenburg!

As a participant, you will benefit from:
  • Showcase your talent to leading organisations!
  • Being inspired by professionals and mentors working in the fields femtech, health innovation and life science as well as experienced leaders from renowned startup incubators!
  • Expand your professional network!
  • Learning and mastering the application of Generative AI both as a tool and as a partner in the innovation process!
  • Contributing to closing the gender health gap!

Everyone interested in innovating and creating solutions for women's health and wellbeing is encouraged to participate. This includes but is not limited to software developers, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, and students.

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Timeline

Time (CET/CEST) Date Event
13:30 CET 08 MARCH 2024 Live Panel Discussion in GoCo
08:00 CET 08 MARCH 2024 Launch & Registration Opens!
08:00–17:00 CET 27 MARCH 2024 GAIA Conference
23:59 CEST 05 APRIL 2024 Registration Closes!
09:00 CEST 05-11 APRIL 2024 Ideation phase with live info sessions
15:00-16:00 CEST 08 APRIL 2024 Live Session 1 – Neurodiversity Challenge Overview
17:00-18:00 CEST 08 APRIL 2024 Live Session 2 – MatchMaking and Team Formation
13:00-13:30 CEST 09 APRIL 2024 Live Session 3 – Intimate Partner Violence
15:05-16:00 CEST 09 APRIL 2024 Live Session 4 – GenAI Microsoft Tools
13:30-14:00 CEST 10 APRIL 2024 Live Session 5 – Obesity Challenge Overview
15:00-16:00 CEST 10 APRIL 2024 Live Session 6 – Gestational Diabetes Overview
14:30-15:15 CEST 11 APRIL 2024 Live Session 7 – Continuous Support During Pregnancy
15:00 CEST 12 APRIL 2024 KICK-OFF!
09:00 CEST 13-14 APRIL 2024 Hackathon Weekend
23:59 CEST 14 APRIL 2024 Deadline Delivery
15:00 CEST 15-18 APRIL 2024 Evaluation
15:00 CEST 19 APRIL 2024 Awards Ceremony

* The times are subject to small changes

Challenges

Obesity presents a multifaceted challenge in women’s health, significantly impacted by life stages such as pregnancy and menopause, which bring unique hormonal changes and increase the risk of related conditions like Gestational Diabetes Mellitus …

Neurodivergent girls, particularly those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), often face overlooked symptoms and diagnostic gender biases, leaving them without the support they need …

Despite Sweden’s advanced healthcare system, pregnant and postpartum women often face fragmented care and language barriers, leading to uncertainty and unequal access to support. We’re inviting you to change this narrative through innovation …

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is not just a personal issue but a major public health challenge. Despite advancements, healthcare systems often fall short in identifying, supporting, and protecting IPV victims …

Embark on a journey to address gender health disparities with your unique ideas. Whether it’s a novel approach to healthcare, a technological innovation, or a transformative research endeavour, your vision could be crucial in closing the gender health gap…

Prizes

Each winning team will receive a significant financial reward, offering a substantial boost to advance their innovative health solutions. Total prize value is equal $10,000!

Winners will have the chance to engage in a personalised mentorship programme. This unique opportunity will be provided by industry professionals from AZ/BVH, CoAx, and the DAYA accelerator programmes, tailored to the specific needs and interests of each winning team.

The winners will receive tickets to GAIA 2025, a prominent artificial intelligence conference.

In recognition of their exceptional contribution to HackHERHealth, each winning team will be honoured with a commemorative statue, symbolising their achievement and excellence in the field.

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