HackWeakEnd Technology Event 2019

HackWeakEnd: A youth led, social impact, tech for good initiative with focus on sustainability and problem uses #technology and technology based events to solve issues affecting our #society. HackWeakEnd 2019 featured a #Hackathon to solve issues plaguing the #HealthCare Sector in the #Gambia and #Software Development Training using #Python. Learn more at www.hacktheweakend.com





Snapshot of what happened at HackWeakEnd 2019

Objective: The main objective of HackWeakEnd is to drive and improve socioeconomic development of not just the Gambia but Africa at large and this is achieved currently through two intervention methods.

1. Hackathon[3]: Using themed hackathon to bring together technologists, industry/subject matter experts, academicians and enthusiasts to solve social issues. Every year will be a unique event where we focus on a specific industry/sector. The focus called HackSets[4] are based on relevant and pertinent issues sourced from Government, Partners and the populace to look at a sector that needs quick solutions.

2. Capacity Building: Training, workshops and seminars where participants are exposed to latest technologies and also trained in these areas to build their capacity so that they can start or further their own journeys of being technologists.

After a successful maiden edition and following a social media pool, the 2019 edition was focused on solving issues affecting the Healthcare sector in the Gambia using 3 themes or Hacksets as below:

1. Experience: solutions focusing on improving the patient’s experience.

2. Wellness: solutions focusing on promoting wellness, awareness & education.

3. Delivery & Efficiency: solutions focusing on improving healthcare delivery & efficiency

The Software Development training used the versatile Python Programming Language. Python is a language under the custodian of the Python Software Foundation who worked with us on the contents of the training. Python is a general purpose language which is used in software development, used alongside frameworks for web application development, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, just to mention a few. Since we are trying to make an impact, Participants were given the Hacksets before the event to do their own research and work on them.

Photoshoot session


HackWeakEnd Team welcoming and registering participants on Day 1

With the just concluded 2nd edition, HackWeakEnd is already international, the maiden edition was very successful and was covered by Radio France International and the excerpt can be found at rfi.my/2a2u.t, the 2nd edition saw partners and sponsors fly in from Germany and Holland to be part of this year’s event. Just like last year, this year’s edition was held at Khamsys Technologies Ltd, Bijilo, The Gambia, the 2day event was both educative and life changing. Participants started arriving as early as 8:00am, registration boot opened at 8:30am and participants were registered by the HackWeakEnd team by confirming their registered credentials, they were provided with T-Shirts, Notepads (Sponsored by Youth Empowerment Project) and run sheet of the event. Participants had breakfast between 9:30am and 10:30am.

Mr Gibril- Director of Planning, Ministry of Health

The opening ceremony was held at the main conference room on the ground floor of Khamsys Technologies Ltd, with all participants and in attendance was Mr Gibril, Director of Planning, Ministry of Health,

Mr Seedy Omar Bensouda, President of ITAG and CEO of INSIST Global, Mrs Beran Gillean(V.P ITAG), Mr Baboucarr Sallah representative of Youth Empowerment Project, Madam Sirra Ndow, Head of Mobile Money at Q Group,Dr Kebba Marenah, Consultant Orthopaedic, Dr Jah, CEO&CMD Sharab Medical Centre and also had in our midst, our technical partner and sponsor Asabina GmbH’s Founder, David Asabina( a german-based tech company) who flew in for the event alongside Anthousa Asabina and Elward Valstein amongst other. Ms Fatou E. Muloshi, one of Gambia’s finest Journalist and MC was the host of the event and she mounted the stage at about 11:00 am, she welcomed the guests and participants and invited Olawale Fabiyi, Founder of HackWeakEnd to give his welcome an opening remarks. In his speech, he highlighted that “Africa needs African solutions to the many problems affecting Africa, because Africans know Africa better” also that “We do not need to wait for the government or outsiders to solve our problems, we as a people as much as we can should take the bold step and that is why the HackWeakEnd initiative was started with the focus this year that looks at solving issues in the Healthcare sector also align with some of the United Nation’s Sustainability Development Goals.

David Asabina — Founder , Asabina GmbH

After him, the Founder, Asabina GmbH, David Asabina, our foreign partner was called to give his own speech, he reiterated that “this is a welcoming development and that Africans need to work together because there is so much potential down here”. The President of ITAG was invited to the stage, Mr Seedy Bensouda and he talked about essence of collaboration amongst tech people, finally the MC invited Mr Gibril, Director of Planning , Ministry of Health to give his speech, he talked about the work of the government in healthcare, highlight of his speech was on how they have also been using technology and how he hopes this event will be able to provide solutions to some of the problems the Ministry and Department is facing, he then formally flagged the event open. By 11:45am, the opening ceremony came to a close and the MC invited everyone out for a group photo. The Hackathon and Software Development training started at about mid-day. There were eight teams creatively named using health related themes, this doubled the number we had last year.

The team members and the hack sets they worked on are listed below:

1. Team FAJE (Pa Modou Cham and Ebrima Darboe): solution focusing on improving healthcare delivery & efficiency with emphasis on patient centered approach for managing and tracking health related data.

2. Team MEDPROGNOSIS (Fred Sengol Uche and Ousainou Jaiteh): solution focusing on improving healthcare delivery & efficiency with focus on medical prognosis to help physicians and radiologists predict patient diseases in a timely manner using deep learning tools.

3. Team DNA (Omar Jasseh, Rohey Johh, Sain Sidibeh, and Ali Njie): solution focusing on improving healthcare delivery & efficiency with focus on centralized health record system to track and keep records of patients.

4. Team WERGUYARAM (Ebrima Camara, Alhamadou Jallow, Muhammed Sawaneh): solution focusing on improving the patient’s experience with focus on helping smoothen the relationship between the Doctors and the patients to make communication easier.

5. Team TEENINNOVATORS (Abdul Aziz Tamba, Ramatoulie Jallow, Muhammed Jallow, Aji Fama Jobe): solution focusing on improving the patient’s experience with emphasis on providing patients’ previous data to any health centre operating the system including persistent diagnosis, types of drugs.

6. Team PARACETAMOL (Michael Jallow and Omar Baldeh): solutions focusing on improving the patient’s experience with emphasis on patient tracking to save lives and improve health status using biosensors.

7. Team LEUCOCYTES (Seedy Jobe, Muhammed Kanyi, Lamine Janneh, Satang Banja): solution focusing on improving healthcare delivery & efficiency with emphasis on keeping record of patients moving from one hospital to another without the doctors knowing of their medical history e.g allergies

8. Team EMR SQUAD (Isatou Mahmoud, Modou Bella Jallow, Fatou A. Ceesay, Martha Demba, Anique Faal): solution focusing on improving healthcare delivery & efficiency with emphasis on automated electronic medical record system to have a central database to improve health care.

The Software development training with Python Programming language which was led by David Asabina ran concurrently with the Hackathon and served as a foundation and base for the participants to be able to start and progress their career in software development. Lunch was served at 2:00pm after which sessions continued. The training for the day ended at about 7:00pm, while most of the hackathon participants were around till about 9pm before the final close for Day 1.

Python Training with participants looking keenly


Momentum from Day 1 carried on into the final day of the technology event as participants arrived earlier than breakfast which was slated for 9:00am to continue working on their projects, after breakfast sessions resumed.

Around that same time Olawale Fabiyi along with some of our team members went to Gambia Radio & Television Services to honor the invitation extended to talk about the HackWeakEnd Technology Event. Lunch was served around 2:30pm, after which sessions continued for both the Hackathon & Software Development training.

Hackathon Participants rounding up their work

The event went on and was at its peak around 5:00pm where the Hacking Teams were trying to finish up their solutions. At the Software Development Training, David was assisted by Elward Valstein and Anthousa Asabina, the participants were building a simple “chatbot”. The Hackathon and Software development training finally came to an end at about 5:45pm. Everyone moved to the hall and Fatou Elika Muloshi mounted the stage for the closing and pitching contest. We had in attendance Director of planning ministry of health Mr Gibril, Madam Sirra Ndow, Head of Mobile Money at Q Group, Mr Khalifa Faal of KMF Technologies, Mr Baboucarr Sallah YEP rep and the judges Mr Amir Elhashemite, Mr Lamarana Jallow, Dr Kebba Marena , Mr Raid of Africell and Mr Elward Valstein.

Ms Elika Muloshi — Host

The pitching started at about 6:15pm and all 8 teams demonstrated their solutions.
 At the end of the pitching, the judges went aside to deliberate, while the deliberations were on, the different partners and sponsors mounted the stage and talked about their organizations and why they decided to come on board the HackWeakEnd Technology Event. Ms Elika announced the winners, the Winning Team of HackWeakEnd 2019 is Team MEDPROGNOSIS. The Top Three 3 teams were selected based on Impact the project will make, Practicality of their solution, Creativity and Technical Innovation, viability of the idea and overall projection for the solution. Below is how final standing of the Top Three 3 teams.

1st Place: Team MEDPROGNOSIS: with the hope of increasing the health and well-being, and also helping physicians and radiologist to be more proactive

HackWeakEnd 2019 Winner — Team MedPrognosis

2nd Place: Team LEUCOCYTES: with the hope of eradicating patients going through duplicate medical tests

1st Runner up — Team Leucocytes

3rd Place: Team EMR SQUAD: with the hope of improving efficiency and reducing errors in data management by safeguarding and improving transparency, research and patient hospital experience.

3rd Place — Team EMR Squad

The MC, then invited the Director of Planning, Ministry of Health to close the event. The Founder of HackWeakEnd, Olawale Fabiyi, was then invited to give the vote of thanks, this was at about 8:05pm.This event would not have been possible without the support and guidance from all our sponsors, partners, judges, participants and attendees, we also thank our friends from different media house GRTS, The Fatu Network, Chronicles, Radio France International, Standard Newspaper.

We look forward to a more exciting and impactful event next year where we pick a sector sourced from discussions with Government, Partners, Advisors and the Populace on pertinent issues affecting our society and together with technologists, industry/subject matter experts, academicians and enthusiasts come together to hack the weakends plaguing our society.


PROJECT OWNER: Open-Source Academy: Focused on Higher Education and centered on students with the sole purpose of bringing technology as it is used in the workplace into the classroom using a project-based, problem-solving approach. Th e aim is to bridge the gap between academia and the technology workforce www.open-sourceacademy.org


Ministry of Health: We engaged the ministry to get the pertinent issues from the industry that was used in the Hackathon alongside health subject matter experts (www.moh.gov.gm)

Asabina GmbH: As a technical partner and sponsor, her CEO flew in for the event alongside two resource persons, they also provided gifts and her CEO led the Python training assisted by those he came with. (www.asabina.de )

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROJECT: provided all meals, refreshment, t-shirts, banners used and also will onboard winning teams into its startup prgramme. (www.yep.gm)

POINTCLICK TECHNOLOGIES LTD: Provided Prizing for winners and will provide mentorship, resources and funding (www.pointclick.net)

PYTHON SOFTWARE FOUNDATION: Reviewed the software development training contents. (www.python.org/psf)

JETBRAINS SOFTWARE: Provided One Year Software License to members of Winning Team (www.jetbrains.com)

ITAG: provided technical support and will give mentorship though its member organizations to winning teams. (www.itag.gm)

Biiniinii: Working with us to get project opportunities and exposure to teams. (www.biiniibii.com)

TeraBhyte Africa Services: Did all the Branding, Designs, and Website etc. (www.terabhyte.com)

Khamsys Technologies Ltd: Event Host venue (www.khamsys.net)

Once again we will like to say a big thank you to everyone that made HackWeakEnd 2019 a success. We hope to do this again next year while focusing on another important sector and hoping that the aim of driving and improving socioeconomic development in our society is achieved.

LINK TO OFFICIAL PHOTOS: http://bit.ly/hw_photos

LINK TO OFFICIAL FULL EVENT VIDEO: http://bit.ly/hw_fullvideo

LINK TO OFFICIAL SHORT VIDEO: http://bit.ly/hw_SummaryVideo

LINK TO EVENT REPORT VIA LINKEDIN: http://bit.ly/hw_report_Linkedin