Our First Hackathon
Usually, hackathons and startup competitions are time-consuming and distracting. At Peach, we made a decision to focus on product and customers rather than startup events and hackathons. This has paid off. We’ve made tremendous progress with little publicity or exposure.
However, we decided to break away from this doctrine for a bit and give the Health Hack Accra event a try. We did so for two reasons;
First, hackathons aren’t common in Ghana as they’re in the United States. It was a rare opportunity to meet other startup founders in Accra and perhaps engage with a sizable section of the startup community.
Second, this hackathon was focused on digital health. This almost never happens. Health Hack Accra brought together social entrepreneurs to tackle problems in four key areas: Maternal & Reproductive Health, Access to Healthcare, Non-Communicable Disease, and Infectious Disease.
Throughout the 48-hour competition, teams of 3–6 individuals created, developed, and pitched innovative business models or products to a local and international judging panel. This event was sponsored by Merck KgaA, Darmstadt, and Facebook.
Our developers, Kwame Akpalu and Oteng Appiah presented our electronic medical records system for improving efficiency in data collection, predicting diseases, and serving as an educational tool for healthcare providers.
We won the second place prize, which includes free working space at Impact Hub Accra and assorted prizes from Facebook and Merck.
Overall, it was a great experience. We met other entrepreneurs in Accra and got direct feedback from judges and healthcare professionals. Now we’re back to making our products better for users!
Peach Health Technologies.