The Hackathon organized by AFIDRO was held between September 20th and 21st in Bogota. Innovative ideas were sought in the health sector through the participation of more than 100 students who submitted their proposals to improve healthcare sustainability in Colombia.
The Hackathon was supported by various members of the sector, including the Colombian Government, Innpulsa, Emprende, HUB I EX, the Institute for Healthcare Technology Assessment, the National Cancer Institute and various universities such as Universidad El Bosque, Universidad de Los Andes, Sergio Arboleda, Universidad National, FUCS, Juan N. Corpas, Universidad de La Costa, UDCA, Universidad Javeriana, Fundación Universitaria María Cano, Universidad del Rosario, Universidad La Sabana, Andean Area, Universidad Militar, Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, UNAD and Universidad Distrital. Approximately 175 students from different regions of Colombia belonging to academic programs such as medicine, economics, law, business management, finance among others, participated and demonstrated that these challenges must be addressed collectively among the different actors to create effective solutions.
The students had the opportunity to receive talks on specialized topics that managed to activate their creativity and ability to innovate. Expert speakers on healthcare and innovation issues presented during the event: Jaime Cardona, a health specialist from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); Augusto Galán, director of Así Vamos en Salud; Gustavo Morales, President of Acemi; Dr. Fernanda Hernández, editor of the Healthcare Section at Caracol TV; Julián Torres, CEO of Fitpal, and Alonso Verdugo, Chief Medical Officer for Microsoft, among others.
The discussions revolved around 3 challenges on how to make the healthcare system more sustainable: by improving efficiency, by fostering more active and co-responsible participation of citizens and by creating new sources that improve sustainability. The students developed different proposals that were qualified by groups of the expert jury in the subject of each challenge.
The jury was composed of Tatiana Andia, director of the Visible Health program of Universidad de los Andes; Carolina Suárez, Healthcare deputy director of the National Planning Department; Pablo Sanabria, postgraduate director and associate professor of the Government School of Universidad de los Andes; Alejandra Toro, director of Fundem projects; Julián Torres, CEO of Fitpal, Carolina Gómez, Director of Escalation and Innovation of Innpulsa; Henry Mauricio Gallardo, director of Fundación Santafé; Natalia Ruiz, leading professor of innovation at El Bosque; Claudia Sterling, legal and corporate vice president of Cruz Verde.
Written by Andrea Aguirre from Afidro.