An online hackathon tackling challenges in e-health and telemedicine

Published on 02 June 2020

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On June 24-26, 2020, Wild Code School partners with 2 French unicorns--Doctolib, the European leader in eHealth, and Dataiku, the centralized Data Science and Analytics platform--for a virtual hackathon to foster technological innovation in healthcare.

For the past decade, hackathons—events where teams of developers, data scientists, and/or other technical profiles, collaborate on creating a digital project—have accelerated innovation in many fields.

So, what's so special about this hackathon? In the context of the COVID-19 crisis, the event will be 100% online. 428 Wild Code School students from several European countries will connect to imagine innovative solutions to advance telemedicine and e-health. During this virtual Hackathon, the participants will communicate using Discord, a platform that allows them to organize and communicate by text and voice.

Data Science and Artificial Intelligence are accelerating medical research and promoting the development of personalized and predictive medicine. This constitutes a giant playfield for our students who are currently training as web developers and data analysts.

Indeed, the fight against coronavirus has highlighted what technology can bring to health, to empower and support healthcare professionals or provide patients with easier, safer access to medicine. One of the very first measures the French government took was to authorize a larger use of teleconsultations. Doctolib saw an 18-fold increase in virtual consultations in just one month. With this hackathon, Doctolib wants to "inspire students to explore the world of e-health and design solutions that will improve people's lives," says Alexandre Ignjatovic, Engineering Manager at Doctolib. This hackathon is also a way for the Franco-German company to “strengthen their relationships to technical communities throughout Europe".

This is also the trend on which the French scale-up company Dataiku, a collaborative data science platform available to teams of scientists, data analysts, and engineers, is based. Our future data analyst students will propose their solutions by using the Dataiku platform. Malick Konate, Data Scientist at Dataiku hopes that the students "will have fun using our software and use their curiosity to test things and surprise us!”  

Project demonstrations are open to the public!

On Thursday, July 2 at 03:00 pm, the public is invited to attend the online presentation of the groups selected for the final jury's restitution: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/demo-hackathon-healthcare-l-ehealth-with-doctolib-dataiku-tickets-108848595078