BuildHealth4Africa Hackathon to award up to Kshs 500,000 cash prize for the best digital healthcare innovations

RHIPFactory Venture Studio, in collaboration with Qhala Kenya and Africa CDC, is set to host the inaugural BuildHealth4Africa Hackathon, a dynamic 48-hour sprint with a cash prize of up to Kshs 500,000.

To be held in Nairobi, Kenya from April 19 to 21, 2024, the BuildHealth4Africa Hackathon seeks to help develop digital healthcare solutions that transform access, affordability, quality, and efficiency in healthcare services across East Africa.

According to Dr Henri Onyemachi, the founder and CEO of RHIPFactory Inc USA, the East African region much like the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa faces a critical need for innovative solutions that bridge healthcare infrastructure and capacity gaps. The BuildHealth4Africa Hackathon brings together passionate individuals to tackle these challenges head-on. Participants of the hackathon are expected to leverage cutting-edge technologies like Mobile & cloud computing, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Extended Reality, and Blockchain to develop prototypes that address key areas:

  • Expanding Access: Reach underserved communities and ensure everyone has a path to quality care.
  • Reducing Costs: Make healthcare more affordable for all East Africans.
  • Improving Quality: Elevate the standards of care delivery across the region.
  • Boosting Efficiency: Streamline healthcare systems to get the most out of existing resources.

“BuildHealth4Africa Hackathon isn’t just a competition. It’s a catalyst for change. We are building a pipeline of investable solutions with the potential to make a real difference in people’s lives,” says Shikoh Gitau, the founder of Qhala Kenya (the co-organizer of BuildHealth 4 Africa 2024)

Why Participate?

The BuildHealth4Africa Hackathon offers a unique opportunity for innovators to:

  • Be part of the solution

 Develop impactful prototypes with the potential to revolutionize healthcare delivery in East Africa.

  • Gain invaluable mentorship

 Learn from experienced professionals who will guide and support your team throughout the hackathon.

  • Network with like-minded individuals

Build connections, launch your career or venture into the healthcare innovation space.

  • Sharpen your skills

Gain practical experience in rapid prototyping, design thinking, and developing solutions for real-world challenges.

  • Compete for up to 500,000 in prizes!

 Showcase your innovation and be recognized as a leader in digital health.

The hackathon is a pre-conference event for the Connected Africa Summit 2024.

BuildHealth4Africa(Nairobi Edition) is Supported by Africa CDC, Kenya Ministry Of Information, Communications And The Digital Economy, Kenya Ministry of Health, The ICT Authority, Safaricom, Britam Insurance, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and other partners.

Pre-register here – – to secure your spot and join the fun.


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