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Jan 11-12th, 2014. Diagnostics by Design: a hack day for global health

November 20, 2013 in Our News

Tekla Labs is excited to partner with the Center for Emerging & Neglected Diseases at UC Berkeley for this hybrid Maker – Academia event!

The Diagnostics by Design hackathon is a cross-communities effort to bridge the gap between makers and do-it-yourself innovators and the sphere of global health. The event is posed as a challenge to participants: with minimal materials or through innovative coding, tackle a technological or informatic need in the space of point of care diagnostics. These can range from generating DIY lab equipment alternatives for medical clinics with limited resources, informatics for disease monitoring, or redesign of diagnostic tools for resource-limited settings.

Makers will work together with academics and professionals, to interface diverse skills, perspectives and experiences in technical innovation, needs assessments and field knowledge. We will not only explore, but get hands on experience with pressing health and design needs.

The hackathon is Sat Jan 11-Sun Jan 12. (Dont be fooled by the Eventbrite , which only shows the Saturday date!); The $15 registration covers participation and meals for both days. Sign up here. 

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Schedule of Events

Saturday (Invention Lab, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley)
9:00-9:30 Opening remarks and brief overview of logistics
9:30-9:00 pm Open building time (all equipment in the Invention Lab is available for use; Hackathon organizers will be available to run jobs on the 3D printers, laser cutters, mills and lathes for each Hackathon team)
12:00-1:00 Lunch available in conference room
4:00 Afternoon tea, coffee and snacks served
9:00 Invention Lab closes for the day
Sunday (Invention Lab, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley & CITRIS auditorium)
9:00-12:00 Open building time (Invention Lab, Sutardja Dai Hall)
12:00-1:30 Team Presentations (CITRIS auditorium)
1:30-2:30 Lunch
2:30-3:00 Awards and closing remarks (CITRIS auditorium)


The hackathon is co-sponsored by CEND, GHDx, Tekla Labs, CITRIS, Invention Lab @ Berkeley, The Blum Center & Big Ideas@berkeley (financial support of Tekla Labs), and the Institute for Interntional Studies (financial support of GHDx).

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