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Hacking Global Health London (Pre-Hackathon Warmup #1)

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Join us for this first in a series of two Hackathon warm up. We will introduce the project and go over the challenges, data sets, and resources.

Doors Open: 6:30PM

Networking: 6:30PM - 7:00PM

Speaker: Eric Ohuma and Open Floor Questions 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Networking: 8:00PM- 9:00

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Hacking Global Health Schedule of Events:

Monday, September 12th: Pre-Hackathon Warmup #1 (

Tuesday, September 27th: Pre-Hackathon Warmup #2 (

Friday, October 7th: Global Health Hackathon #3 (

Hacking Global Health

History (and scientific literature) teaches us that under good environmental conditions, on average, children of any ethnic background have approximately the same growth potential.

In 2011, stunted (shortness for age) growth affected 165 million children. Stunted growth may increase morbidity, mortality, physical impairment, cognitive impairment, limited productivity, and poverty. In Africa and Asia, 11% national economic productivity is lost to undernutrition.

Guided by the belief that all lives have equal value, the Gates Foundation’s vision is to ensure a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life. The Foundation's Healthy Birth, Growth, and Development knowledge integration (HBGDki) initiative is a global data-driven project. We have integrated many data sets about child growth and development into a large knowledge base. We are using these data sets to learn about factors that stop body and brain growth, and to develop optimal solutions.

Currently, the organization has acquired data on 9.5 million children from 122 individual studies across 25 countries. Data has been collated from longitudinal (>12 million subject records), cross-sectional, and survey data sources along with over a thousand clinical covariates of interest.

We are looking at innovative ways to develop predictive personalized public health models to help us identify the right therapeutic/preventive interventions, in the right dosage, for the right child, at the right time, to get the right response and avoid the adverse outcomes in childhood and adulthood.


ERIC OHUMA, MSC (Presenting September 12th)

Medical Statistician, INTERGROWTH-21st Project
Nuffield Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology / Center for Statistics in Medicine
University of Oxford
Oxford, UK

Eric is a Medical Statistician and holds a BSc (Hons) in Applied Statistics from Maseno University, Kenya, and a MSc in Medical Statistics from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), UK. He is currently pursuing a Dphil (PhD) at the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (NDOG), University of Oxford, carrying out research on statistical issues in the study of fetal, preterm and neonatal growth. Eric has previously worked at the Kenya Medical ResearchInstitute (KEMRI)/Wellcome Trust Research center, Kilifi, Kenya as a Medical Statistician providing support to research scientists on various projects and offering statistical trainings. He joined NDOG in September 2010 working with Professor Douglas Altman on the INTERGROWTH-21st project whose primary objective is the production of international standards for fetal, newborn, preterm postnatal growth, and gestational weight gain.

JONAS HÄGGSTRÖM. PHD (Presenting September 27th)

Drug Developer/Statistician
Holy Diver Consulting
Stockholm Sweden

Jonas is an experienced drug developer with experience from both academia, industry and organizations. He holds a BSc in Statistics and Economics, and a PhD in Statistics, from Umeå University, Sweden. Jonas' previous appointments include: Food and Agriculture Organization, Quintiles Sweden, Genentech Inc, AstraZeneca, and Cognizant Technology Solutions. As the Neuroscience Therapeutic Area Statistical Expert at AstraZeneca, Jonas led and managed the Neuroscience Biostatistics department, and provided, over therapy areas and projects, input to the drug development strategy across all phases of drug development. Currently Jonas serves as an expert statistical consultant to the Healthy Birth, Growth, and Development knowledge integration (HBGDki) initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, an expert evaluator to the European Commission, and a part-time researcher at the Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, Uppsala University, Sweden.

SOFIA TROMMLEROVÁ (Presenting October 7th)

PhD student
Department of International Economics
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Geneva, Switzerland

Sofia is a development economist with a particular interest in applied micro-econometrics, child health, economic demography, gender, and human development. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Göttingen in Germany. Currently she is a PhD student at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and a visiting researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands. Sofia’s articles have been published in Demography, World Development, and Economics and Human Biology. Outside of academia, Sofia worked as a consultant for the World Bank (different projects) and Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Currently she is part of the Policy, Delivery & Implementation Surge Team within the Healthy Birth, Growth, and Development knowledge integration (HBGDki) initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.