Lebanon Health Hack

The fight against COVID-19

Everywhere in Lebanon, individuals are working on solutions to combat the Corona crisis. Why not bundle those ideas and work together on solutions to make our society more resilient? That is why, we came up with the idea of hosting an online hackathon where we could develop, test and improve solutions to tackle the current pandemic. Everyone with time, enthusiasm and interest was welcome to submit an idea or register to take part. We were looking for bold and innovative ideas that help our society emerging stronger.

After one week of preparation, we were ready to kick-off on 8 April. Some teams brought their ideas with them and devoted their time to work on their existing projects during the Hackathon. Others started from scratch and used the interdisciplinary vibe to work on innovative ideas. We were truly overwhelmed by the support and the participation. The Hackathon kicked off with 13 teams (in the end 18 teams pitched their ideas), more than 120 individual participants and 28 mentors. An introductory work-shop was given by Adriana Grohe, who co-initiated a similar Hackathon in Germany with over 20.000 participants. It was a well delivered and an interesting insight for newbies as well as for folks familiar to the concept. Later that evening, we had a call with leading health experts and doctors of Rafik Hariri Hospital to get a better understanding of the challenges that the Lebanese health sector is facing. After this introduction day, the real work started. We also offered additional trainings such as seminars for pitching or web development along the way. After all, a Hackathon is also about continuous learning and helping teams to develop sustainable solutions.

The presentation of the ideas once again confirmed the strong commitment of Lebanese civil society to work together for a better future of this country.  All initiatives and ideas were highly impressive, innovative and covered many different fields: from concrete hardware solutions, including portable ventilators, to software solutions that connect people with 3D printers in Lebanon, to Apps that provide refugee communities with important information about the pandemic. Some of these are in the test phase, while others are already in use.

The FNF-Team had a lot of fun organizing and assisting this innovative event and we hope the ideas will be carried on to help assist those most affected by this pandemic. We want to thank all the participants, mentors and our partners, Lebanon Response Team, Pitchworthy, The Farm, X on board and The Submarine, that offered expertise as well as experience to make this Hackathon such a success.