MIT Hacking Medicine Riyadh - An initiative of KACST, Badir and the MIT-IBK Society

Pictured (Left to right): Viqar Hussain (Associate Licensing Officer and MIT Hacking Medicine Core Team Member, MIT), Dr. Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed Al-Saud (President of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology), His Excellency the Minister of Health of Saudi Arabia Dr. Tawfig Fawzan AlRabiah, and Dr. Haleema Al Amri (Research Scientist at R&DC, Saudi Aramco and Chair of the MIT-IBK Society) present the first place award in the Wearable Devices for Healthcare track to the Brailling team during the closing ceremony of the Saudi Grand Hack

The MIT-IBK Society organized to bring MIT Hacking Medicine to the Middle East for the first time held at Princess Noura bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh, KSA, November 29-December 1, 2018.  We thank their partners KACST and Badir for their support in making this event possible.  

Participants in the Saudi Grand Hack convened over the three days to brainstorm and build innovative solutions with hundreds of like-minded engineers, clinicians, designers, developers, and business people.  

Twitter Hashtag: #SaudiHack2018

The Hackathon revolved around 10 technical tracks each organized by former fellows of the MIT Ibn Khaldun Fellowship for Saudi Arabian Women.  Special thanks to Dr. Areej Al-Wabil for her leadership and dedication to the organization of this event.

1. Mental Health Hackathon
Lead by Dr. Sanaa Alattas (KAU) and Dr. Haya Alhumaiyani (KAU)
2. Brain Health Hackathon
Lead by Dr. Sufana AlMashhadi (KFMC) and Dr. Noura AlHaqbani (KSU)
3. Connected Health: Virtual Care & Telehealth & Telemedicine
Lead by Dr. Hebah ElGibreen (KSU) and Dr. Heba Kurdi (KSU)
4. Assistive Technology & Reimagining Ageing
Lead by Dr. Thamraa Alshahrani (PNU) & Dr. Areej Al-Wabil (KACST)
5. Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence for Healthcare and Forensic Science
Lead by Dr. Shada AlSalamah (KSU) and Dr. Omaima Bamasag (KAU)
6. Data Science for Global Health
Lead by Dr. Hala Al Shamlan (KSU) and Dr. Sarah Alhumoud (Imam U)
7. Wearable Devices for Healthcare
Lead by Dr. Haleema A. Alamri (Saudi Aramco) and Dr. Jwaher Al Ghamdi (IAU)
8. Cancer Innovation Challenge
Lead by Dr. Amal Al Dossary (IAU)
9. Human-Centered Design for Health
Lead by Dr. Sumayah Alsulaiman (IAU) and Dr. Sufana Almashhadi (KFMC)
10.  Dental Hack: Challenging Oral Care
Lead by Nabeela Abughazalah (PNU) and Amany Alshawi (Director, KACST's Women's Program)