In February 2016, GO co-hosted the first ever Global Cancer Innovation Hack-a-thon in close collaboration with the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech), MIT Hacking Medicine, as well as the MGH Center for Global Health and the MGH Cancer Center. Press Release.
The event brought together 140 participants from around the world, including Taiwan, India, Guatemala, England, Austria, and many more countries. Mentors numbered 55 individuals, both local and based abroad. There were 24 teams and 51 pitches for new global cancer innovations. It was a weekend of intense enthusiasm, optimism and creative innovation around the challenges with cancer care financing and delivery in low- and middle-resource settings.
Such an event highlights the creative and innovative efforts of Global Oncology. GO mentors and participants showcased what we do best: develop creative, technology-driven, volunteer-based solutions to address cancer care issues and provide care for the most underserved of patients. The innovation did not end with the Hack-a-thon. GO volunteers and mentors remain engaged – via the CAMTech innovation platform – continuing their work to launch the exciting solutions that were developed.
Watch the Hack-a-thon video!