National Incubation Center

A Hackathon to #SolveForHumanity

The world is going through an unprecedented change. Healthcare challenges are affecting the way we act, interact and run our businesses. To take these challenges head-on, NIC Pakistan, TeamUp and Jazz xlr8 in partnership with the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination (M/o NHSR&C), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Rehman Medical Institute (RMI), Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America (Open), Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV), National Incubation Center Karachi (NIC Karachi), TVOne Pakistan and Association of Pakistani Physicians of Northern Europe (APPNE), are organizing a solution based all-online National Health Hackathon.

Some of our valuable media partners include FM 91, HUM News, News One, Waseb TV, PTV Network, FM100 Pakistan, Mashable Pakistan, ProPakistani, Capital TV, Startup Guide and we look forward to others joining us in this endeavour to #SolveForHumanity.
Team up with us to find preventive and curative solutions for communicable diseases.

We’re working in the following problem categories:

A. Preventive

The general public, including people living in rural as well as urban areas are unable to access authentic information at this crucial time. Communicable diseases and their effects can be curbed with authentic information on how it impacts health to control the spread of the disease and prevent panic.

Like Soaps, Hand sanitizers, Disinfectant sprays. Focus should be on their low-cost local mass production.

Low-Cost methods for disinfecting Roads, Homes, Hospitals, Workplaces and Public Places.

Making new tools e.g Data Modeling, dashboards, Algorithms, Apps etc which will help hospitals, policymakers, and the general public better understand and prepare for the #COVID19 response.

What solutions can you create to provide safe and comfortable quarantine for people in isolation? This could include safe delivery of house-hold items, digital payments, counselling services online, other online services for recreation, health and balance.

B. Curative

Availability of protective clothing for the public, healthcare and other professionals & devices for curbing the spread of communicable diseases.

To decrease the patient load at health care facilities via Tele-medicine, Triaging Patients by Symptom App, Home tests and checkups for other non-COVID-19 patients, etc.

Low-Cost local manufacturing of ventilators and any other hardware Devices to Assist People with Breathing Difficulty

Identification of the extent to which a positive and suspected COVID-19 patient may have infected the community. (Think Big Data, AI/ML etc.)

Vaccines, medicines and any other cures for COVID19 and other communicable diseases. 

Helping with the mental and physical health of:
• Front line workers (paramedics, doctors, nurses, Pharmacists, Community Health Workers, law enforcement agencies, banks)
• Patients tested positive.
• Families of patients tested positive.

C. Other

Study at home tools for kids, university going students and general public. Find solutions to make virtual education accessible for all.  

Broken supply chain caused by just in time supply that leads to problems in fulfilling a huge unprecedented demand due to an outbreak. The general public, including people living in rural as well as urban areas are unable to access food at this crucial time. The disruption of food and other daily use items supply chain in the lock down scenario increases panic and may result in inflation in the society.

Solutions to make water and sanitation accessible for all, including people in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. 

Support to manage increase in work intensity and stress during the work from home setting via online productivity tools, fitness classes, recreational classes, free subscription of tele-conference apps, etc.

National Health Hackathon

This Hackathon will allow people to collaborate and develop modern solutions to control the spread of communicable diseases like COVID-19.

Calling all techies, health experts, educationists, engineers and businessmen to a national level platform. It is time for us all to step up, come forward with our ideas and solutions and collectively rise above the chaos.

Together Let’s #SolveForHumanity

Who Can Apply

We are looking at ideas, prototypes and solutions for preventing and curing communicable diseases especially those related to COVID-19, that are relevant, practical & scalable.

Idea Stage – 3 months: You have a prototype ready to be tested on sample customers

MVP Stage – 2 months:You have iterated your prototype to a minimum viable product that is ready for paying customers

Solution Stage – 1 month: You have conducted a live pilot test of your MVP and improved the end to end product delivery. You’re set to pre-launch

This will be an All-Online Hackathon where participants will receive virtual mentor-ship. The criteria have been kept flexible so that we may consider all possible solutions for preventing and controlling the spread of diseases.

NHH Timeline

What You'll Get

Besides the social impact, recognition and service to your nation and your people, if you win the NIC National Health Hackathon you will have access to many opportunities to make sure your solution is able to scale nationally. The winner will get: 

  • Wild Card Entry To NICs in Islamabad & Karachi
  • Coverage by partners on conventional & digital media
  • Go-to-market support
  • Technology credits (CRM, Cloud, Analytics, BI, etc.)
  • Wild card entry into Jazz Xlr8 – Jazz’s accelerator

Applications are now closed!