Datathon for Diabetes

On the 5th and 6th of November ETHOS Lab hosted a 2-day Datathon for Diabetes together with Novo Nordisk, Deloitte, IBM, and the IT University.

Diabetes is becoming increasingly more widespread on a worldwide scale. It is the hope that innovative and new perspectives on publicly available health data can bring valuable insights that might help finding a solution to the diabetes pandemic.

The event took place at ITU, and during the weekend the participants worked intensively on finding new trends and patterns to diabetes related problems. The participants gathered, analysed and visualised open source data in order to obtain answers and they presented their ideas Sunday afternoon to a panel of judges and the other participants.

Rachel Douglas-Jones, Head of Lab in ETHOS and Assistant Professor at the ITU, represented ETHOS Lab and ITU on the judging panel, and she said the following about the presentations:

“The judging team were impressed with the quality of what the students had come up with over such a short period of time. The teams that distinguished themselves in this competition asked good questions, and brought original angles to this global health issue. They allowed themselves to be surprised, for example that half of those with diabetes never receive a diagnosis. These most successful projects avoided solutionism, and recognised both the possibilities and the limitations of their approaches.”

Three teams were awarded prizes for the best and most original insights and ideas.

You can read about the event here.

Pictures from the event:

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