The COVID-19 pandemic crisis is rapidly revealing NEW PROBLEMS needing CLEVER HACKS by creative teams WORLDWIDE. Let's openly share the most critical PROBLEMS, assemble TEAM to tackle them, and share SOLUTIONS + RESOURCES
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COVID19 is rapidly overwhelming health systems around the world. Technology scales medicine and enables the redesign of healthcare experiences, but we cannot start with tech. We must begin with Problems, identify the biggest Problems, understand them deeply, and choose the tech that quickly and cheaply solves them.
Hacking @ MIT means clever solutions. MIT Hacking Medicine pioneered the process for medical and health hackathons over the past 10 years, with over 10,000 alumni representing healthcare, engineering, public health, entrepreneurship and of course patients. Let's marshall our army of hackers and clinical experts to identify the most critical problems and shortages and crowdsource the best solutions for each geography and health system capability.
As a virtual platform and community, we hope this site will become an evolving collection of PROBLEMS, leading to TEAMS self-assembling, and SHOWCASING SOLUTIONS that can be used by local teams on the ground. Initially many of these will focus on the CRITICAL NEEDS on the front lines of Hospitals, but many will start to highlight the new challenges and opportunities across medical specialties, places of care, communication needs, eldercare and contagion ideas, and service to those in need. We are starting without sponsors or prizes other than the mojo and Karma that goes with open sharing of ideas and solutions, but we are sure that other Sponsors will bring Prizes for specific challenges.
We cannot wait to see what the world of health hackers starts to invent and translates into the real world rapidly!
Big Problems, Clearly Described
Low Cost Solutions That Scale
Detailed descriptions of critical problems will help hackers from outside of healthcare think of clever solutions
Low cost drives access. Scale is essential for the tidal wave of patients that are already overwhelming hospitals and clinics.
Time = Lives Saved
Design for available materials that local teams can assemble to meet local demand.