Posted on November 19, 2014

Qatar Foundation Research & Development’s Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) has invited students, clinicians, programmers, athletes and entrepreneurs to participate in Qatar’s first Sports Medicine Hackathon, being hosted in partnership with the world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The hackathon, which will take place at Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) from 20-22 November, is a problem-solving session where teams will work together and brainstorm to create solutions for the most pressing challenges in sports medicine today. Hackathons area new global trend in innovation, whereby companies and individuals create unique ideas in a collective frame work. They have been praised by experts as high-impact, high-energy drivers of meaningful technology innovation.

Top sports medicine and health care leaders in Qatar will guide and direct the teams throughout the event. “QSTP is committed to supporting Qatar’s aspiring innovators by launching new programmes, creating knowledge, and enhancing technology management skills,” said Hamad Al-Kuwari, Managing Director of QSTP. “By launching the Hackathon challenge, we are continuing to inspire Qatar’s entrepreneurs and those in its emerging field of sports medicine.”

QSTP has joined forces with MIT’s Hacking Medicine initiative to launch the event, which is the first of its kind in the Middle East and the first focused on sports medicine. Aided by healthcare professionals and global innovation experts, small teams will be presented with real world scenarios that can be addressed through technology innovation. Over the course of the event, teams will devise, test and pitch their solutions to a panel of expert judges. Winning teams will receive special recognition from QSTP and the event’s partners.

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According to a study released this month by A.T. Kearney, a global management consulting firm, the sports industry is expanding globally at a rate higher than GDP growth. The study found that the Middle East is experiencing the fastest growth in terms of revenues, which are projected to rise at 10 percent annually over the next three years. QSTP’s Sports Medicine Hackathon will take place at QNCC from 20-22 November in Exhibition Hall 2. Anyone interested in competing can easily apply here.

The complete list of speakers includes: Professor Tim Cable, PhD, Director of Sports Science, Aspire Academy; Jamil Sobh, Engineering Team Leader, GE Health Science; Fuad Mazhar, Specialist Orthopaedics, HMC; Rodney Whiteley, Senior Research & Education Physiotherapist, Rehabilitation Department, Aspetar; Emad Badawi, Lead Program Integrator, GE; Dr Samir Saadulla Abdullah, Qatar Anti-Doping Commission (QADC) Education & Training Coordinator, QOC; and Marouf Mahmoud, Commercial Manager and Vodafone Qatar.

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