Hacking Global Health

Improving Urban Health in Africa, Asia and Latin America

On October 15-17, KfW Development Bank will organize a hackathon in Berlin in cooperation with the World Health Summit (WHS). Small and multi-disciplinary teams will create and develop ideas on how to improve urban health in Africa, Asia and Latin America and present these to an audience of experts from all over the world.

The winning team will receive a complementary one year membership in the German Healthcare Partnership (GHP) and the possibility to present their idea to the GHP network.

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Furthermore, the winning team as well as the two runner-ups will have their idea published on the WHS and the KfW website. In addition, they will participate at the award ceremony and present the idea to the World Health Summit´s participants and get access to experts for further support. Each participant, including one additional companion, will have free access to the World Health Summit and its program. Travel expenses and accommodation are the sole responsibility of the participants.

How to apply

Idea: A first idea should be drafted to be further developed at Hacking Global Health. It will be considered on the basis of a) feasibility; b) innovation; c) scalability. You will pitch this idea at the event’s opening to build a working group.

Application: Please use the online form below and sent it to

Deadline: July 31, 2017

Selection: Selected candidates will be contacted by August 15, 2017

Hacking Global Health at a glance

Goal: Develop ideas and innovative solutions to improve urban health; especially for the poor in mega cities.

Target Groups: Public health professionals, clinicians, IT professionals, students, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and generally interested parties. Applications are possible by individuals and by groups.

Resources: Participants will be mentored by experts with a variety of backgrounds participating in the World Health Summit

Venue: KOSMOS, Robert Koch Pavillon, Karl Marx Allee, 131 a, 10243 Berlin

Application: Please use online form below

Deadline: July 31, 2017


More than half of the world’s population lives in cities. By 2050, that figure will have risen to over 70 per cent. This trend towards urbanisation will continue to accelerate and will significantly increase the challenges associated with the improvement of urban health.

To improve the situation, the World Health Organization calls to action particularly in the areas of giving the urban poor better access to health services. It also intends to promote investment with positive effects environment and health.

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