MadiroHacks: An Event like no other
Hackathons are usually packed with a diverse audience, and MadiroHacks was no different. The virtual event was hosted by over 150 hackers, speakers, and mentors.
Hackathons are not new. However, what sets the Madiro Hackathon apart from others is the core purpose of the hackathon — global health — and the company that champions this event — Madiro.
With billions of people in rural communities across the world having little to no access to adequate healthcare, whether due to isolation, conflict, or other barriers, Madiro, as a non-profit organization, has stayed committed to its mission of trying to break down these barriers in providing health equity by amplifying innovations that improve the health of vulnerable communities.
Based in Canada and founded by the Gillian and Adrian Schauer Foundation to help increase health equity, the pedigree of Madiro already spoke to the importance of this event. Nevertheless, bringing hackers from across Africa and North America under one virtual umbrella was no small feat. Thankfully, with an impressive list of partners from the health sector like Aviro Health and Healthy Entrepreneurs to tech staffing companies like Tunga, the event was destined to be one for the books. And it did not disappoint as Director, Operations & Communications for Madiro and also Event Manager for the hackathon, Claire Boyer states.
“Hosting our first virtual event across many time zones was an experiment. It was rewarding to see like-minded people working together. The common thread between participants, mentors, judges, speakers, and organizers is that we all care about making a positive impact.”
Over a zoom call, Claire Boyer chuckles as she considers how huge a leap it was to organize hackers worldwide.
“We had 200 applicants and selected over 120 people, and during the event, we had about 50 active hackers. Logistically speaking, this was huge.”
No small feat indeed, but for Madiro as an organization, it is a big step in the right direction towards helping their partners with finding solutions to solving real-life health problems.