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Citizens in medicine — hackathon
'Enormous resources of scientific knowledge allow one person to reach perfection only in one field, whereas a hackathon is a perfect form of cooperation as it enables specialists from different fields to meet and work together.'
The Copernicus Science Centre hosted a hackathon that brought together doctors, designers, engineers, artists, students of technical faculties, material scientists and researchers from different fields in order to find ways of improving a medical procedure implemented by foetal surgeons to save the lives of babies with diaphragmatic hernia in the foetal period.
A hackathon, made of words 'hacker' and 'marathon', is defined as a marathon of creative thinking. In this context hacker is not a bad guy trying to steal our data on the Internet but rather a person who can think out-of-the-box and find an original solution to a problem — not necessarily related to computer science. Here, the participants’ task was to create a prototype of a medical device, and the role of hackers was taken on by interdisciplinary teams.
Participants had to deal with a real problem, which is an everyday issue for Prof. Mirosław Wielgoś, MD, PhD and Przemysław Kosiński, MD, PhD from the 1st Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Medical University of Warsaw: they are the only ones in Poland — and among the few in the world — to use the FETO method aimed at saving the lives of children with diaphragmatic hernia in the foetal period.
Read more about them in the full article on Ecsite's blog.
Have a look at the pictures of the 10 hour-event!