24-04-2015 :: Brussels - Belgium

On 24-26th April, 2015, developers, designers and epilepsy experts (doctors and patients) will come together at two simultaneous hackathons in Brussels, Belgium and Atlanta, US.


Our goal

To build innovative new digital tools for people with epilepsy and their caregivers.

Why an epilepsy hackathon?

Epilepsy is a common serious brain disorder that affects 65 million people worldwide1,6 – young and old, rich and poor. It leaves no part of daily life untouched. Study, work, sport, travel, friends and family can all be affected.  Epilepsy impairs physical, psychological and social functioning and can be fatal1.

What is epilepsy?

In practical terms, people living with epilepsy may face challenges at school or college or in getting a job. They may not be allowed to drive, and they may be unable to live independently. Many people living with epilepsy live in fear, owing to the unpredictability of seizures.
There is a need for new and better digital tools to support people with epilepsy. Tools that can enable them to connect with others. Tools that show them and their caregivers how to get reliable information about epilepsy. Tools that can raise awareness about epilepsy and reduce discrimination. Tools that can potentially change lives.
Hack Epilepsy is an opportunity for you to use your expertise, creativity and specialist skills to build innovative digital tools to break down barriers, bridge gaps and bring new solutions to the challenges of living with epilepsy.

How can you help?

The epilepsy community needs your expertise, creativity and technical know-how. Whether you’re a designer, a developer, a communicator or an entrepreneur, they need your skills.
In each location, teams will have a chance to win one of three cash prizes, to be divided among participating team members:
  • First prize: €6,000/$6,900
  • Second prize: €3,000/$3,450
  • Third prize: €1,000/$1,150
You don’t need to know about epilepsy. At Hack Epilepsy, doctors and patients will explain more about epilepsy and what it means to live with unpredictable seizures. You’ll gain all the insights you need to develop meaningful prototype digital solutions which can make a much-needed difference to the epilepsy community.
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