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Lab Hackathons to Overcome Laboratory Equipment Shortages in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges

Webb, Helena, Nurse, Jason R. C., Bezuidenhout, Louise, Jirotka, Marina (2019) Lab Hackathons to Overcome Laboratory Equipment Shortages in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges. In: 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts. . ACM ISBN 978-1-4503-5971-9. (doi:10.1145/3290607.3299063) (KAR id:71381)

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Equipment shortages in Africa undermine Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education. We have pioneered the LabHackathon (LabHack): a novel initiative that adapts the conventional hackathon and draws on insights from the Open Hardware movement and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). LabHacks are fun, educational events that challenge student participants to build frugal and reproducible pieces of laboratory equipment. Completed designs are then made available to others. LabHacks can therefore facilitate the open and sustainable design of laboratory equipment, in situ, in Africa. In this case study we describe the LabHackathon model, discuss its application in a pilot event held in Zimbabwe and outline the opportunities and challenges it presents.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
DOI/Identification number: 10.1145/3290607.3299063
Uncontrolled keywords: Hackathon; laboratory equipment; open hardware; responsible research and innovation; Africa
Subjects: Q Science
R Medicine
T Technology
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Biosciences
Faculties > Sciences > School of Computing
Faculties > Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Jason Nurse
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2018 14:38 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2019 10:53 UTC
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