And what is the aim?
Hackers and innovators from the Czech Republic and Europe met to invent something new that can help a lot of people, cities, companies and others.
This Hackathon was focused on
Multiple Sclerosis is a neurological disease affecting ability of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to communicate with each other. Nerve cells communicate through transmission of nerve impulses over long neurites that are encased in an isolating substance. When suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, Immune system attacks the isolating substance and destroys it.
The disease affects mostly young adults (20 to 40 years old) & women 2-3 times more often than men.*
There are 2 to 150 patients per 100 000 inhabitants worldwide.**
Estimates refer to 15 to 18 thousands patients only in the Czech Republic.*
In life with Multiple Sclerosis, decrease of energy and life after being wheelchair bound are the major issues.
“Unfortunately, the disease symptoms are different in everyone’s case as well as progression of the disease is not the same for all. Someone is diagnosed and in a few months he’s in a wheelchair, another is holding for many years with minimal symptoms.”
“It started quietly – I couldn’t move my hand, occasionally it was tingling me. Things fell out of my hands. Then, I woke up one morning, and my legs were completely dead. I panicked as I did not know what it was.”
“Being more tired, I paradoxically started enjoying life more. Now, I strictly separate work and my private life, do more sports and above all I spend more time with my family. You never know when a relapse will come and then you might never stand on your feet again.”
“My life with Multiple Sclerosis? It was all about much bigger exhaustion compared to what I was used to.”
Challenges are known and published
3,2,1,… you can send your applications!
Hackers are on-boarded
Selected hackers will be invited to the Hackathon
Follow-up meeting for winning teams
(Specific date TBD)
2. Stress detector
Develop a solution to detect and communicate the stress level and tiredness so that other people can understand the mood of the patients.
3. Home rehabilitation devices
Come up with devices that can rehabilitate or stimulate human body parts (e.g. neck) in domestic conditions.
4. Measurements needed for diagnosis
Create a device or software to measure/monitor various contributing factors that can affect the conditions of the patients and use them to predict the level of progression or possibility of relapses. These factors include vitamin intake, pulse rates, weather condition, plumb exposure, performance tests such as the Time 25-Foot Walk.