The Winning Team: Creative Minds
Team Creative Minds had an app idea that was not only impressive, it was backed it up with the technology solutions to make it work.This imaginative group planned an ambitious risk communications strategy in just three days, which if pulled off could save thousands of lives. Their idea, Infodemic, would acquire information about already existing diseases from the databases of health organisations across the country and leverage already existing traditional community structures, which they had carefully considered, to disperse information.
The group intended to offer incentives to volunteers and local leaders across the country who would act as ambassadors for the platform. The volunteers and local leaders would be required to send updates back through the app in text and video form about diseases and issues. The team plan on encompassing a live chat function in their app where people can get healthcare advice from professionals instantly. Infodemic would not just be an online platform, it would also provide two way SMS healthcare advice services to people in areas without much access to the internet.
The structure of the organisation would essentially mean that health centres, volunteers, chiefs and religious leaders could communicate with each other through a central admin by way of the app. They had considered the structure of Hausa and other tribal societies and given flow charts on how they envisaged information flowing from them to the people who needed it.
The team was made up of Eliot, an entrepreneur; Nestor, a medical doctor; Stephen, a backend and API developer; Favour, a social worker and David and Victor who are both web developers. Their diverse mix meant that the advice given on Monday was true – the teams that tend do best at such hackathons are the ones with the broadest mixture of professions and skills.
The judges said that their idea was engaging, innovative and that with more time it would be feasible for the group to execute large-scale platform that would have a wide reach all across Nigeria, and even beyond.
Congratulations to the winning team. We can’t wait to see Infodemic come to life. Although hopefully we won’t need to ever use it, the act of thinking ahead has the potential to preserve life on a big scale should a disaster occur.