One Health Hackathon

  • Location
    Morganville, New Jersey
  • Status
  • Age Level
    14 to 18 Years

The Problem

Get students involved with protecting animals, humans, and the environment from future pandemics.

Our Plan

We will host a week-long hackathon event where students will be placed in groups to create any type of plan (action plan, policy, website) to address the problem of if a certain infectious disease got out of hand. This hackathon will be available to students from all over the world.

Themes Addressed

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    Animal Welfare
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    Project Ideas

The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

Our event went very well! Students around the globe were able to connect with other students from different countries. Our participants were from all over, including North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, and the project submissions were great!

Through this project I/we learned:

I definitely learned that a big challenge when organizing an event is to fundraise and find sponsors. Another big challenge is collaborating with adult mentors, as they can be extremely busy and it gets difficult to find a time that works for everyone.

What I/we might change:

I might change the platform we hosted the hackathon. While Hopin is amazing for workshops and speaker sessions, when it was time to work in individual groups, most of the participants met using different platforms. When planning large virtual events for students, Zoom is a great option with a Discord channel for questions and for the groups to interact.

My/our favorite part of this project was:

My favorite part of the project was watching the final project submissions. People are super creative and made these great websites and apps.

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

The most important thing to remember when planning a large event is to start planning early! It is extremely beneficial having a schedule with "due dates" because it is really easy to just leave something for "later" then scrambling to get it done last minute.

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