Tech startup, A2D24, in collaboration with the Gauteng Department of Health (GDoH) is hosting a health hackathon for high school learners in Soweto.

The health hackathon will take place on the 1st and 2nd of December 2016 at the Orlando Stadium Learning Centre in Soweto, and is expected to attract 100 grade 11 learners from three local high schools.

According to A2D24, the idea behind the health hackathon is to nurture the students’ interest in developing technology for the greater good, in this case healthcare.

During the hackathon, the students will be taught how to program using the image-based Scratch language and will then be required to reproduce a health awareness item using a Raspberry Pi computer.

The students will be able to keep the computers after the hackathon to encourage them to continue coding afterwards.

“Our dream is to have the next Facebook or Google built by one of the learners we will be training,” said A2D24 founder, Muhammad Simjee, told ITWeb.

Government and private sector representatives will attend the health hackathon to motivate the students, including the Gauteng Health MEC, Qedani Mahlangu,Telkom Business Connexion CMO, Themba GumbiState, Information Technology Agency (SITA) CEO, Dr Setumo Mohapi, and Orlando Pirates Learning Centre Manager, Jude Capel.

The judging panel will consist of SITA’s Head of Strategy and Planning, Stokie Lebethoa, and Cisco’s Charmaine Houvet.

This collaboration between A2D24 and the GDoH follows the rollout of A2D4’s electronic Bed Management System (eBMS) in the Steve Biko Academic Cluster in Tshwane earlier this year, which was intended to cut patient waiting times. According to Sumjee, the project has been successful and there are plans to extend the system to ambulance fleets.

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