International hackathon in Stockholm
New Digital Ideas to Counteract Antibiotic Resistance

On 13–15 December, the Swedish Research Council and the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR) is co-organising ‘Hacking AMR 2019’, together with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Norwegian Research Council (RCN). The aim is to engage digital capacities in the challenge of antibiotic resistance.

Participants from seventeen JPIAMR member countries meet this weekend to work together to produce innovative ideas to prevent and counteract the increase in resistant bacteria.

“It will be exciting to see what happens when researchers, IT developers, entrepreneurs and designers work together over a few intensive days. We look forward to new approaches and creative proposals for how digital tools can contribute to the work on antibiotics resistance,” says Jan-Ingvar Jönsson, Secretary General of Medicine and Health at the Swedish Research Council and Acting Chair JPIAMR.

Several JPIAMR member countries have provided travel awards to support their participants. At the event, over 50 people will participate, from various disciplines in science and the digital world. In the finale of this high intensity collaborative event, the teams will present their solutions. A jury will name the team that presents the most interesting solution.

“We are very pleased to support and co-organize this Hackathon with our partners, under the flagship of the JPIAMR-Virtual Research Institute. Hacking AMR 2019 encourages out of the box thinking to find innovative solutions for AMR, one of the biggest global threats of our times. We look forward to the new ideas emerging from this Hackathon and it is our hope that JPIAMR-VRI will continue to provide such opportunities to link people, data and infrastructure to increase coordination among the global AMR research community.” says Dr. Charu Kaushic, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity.

Time and place

When: 13–15 December, 2019
Where: Nordic Forum Kista, Stockholm, Sweden
Pitch & Finale: 15 December, 13–15.30 h (CET)
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Contacts

For media inquiries:

If you are interested in attending the Pitch & Finale, please contact us no later than Friday 13 December. To register and for any other questions, please contact Sofia Günther, Press Officer, by telephone +46 8 546 44 120, or email press@vr.se.

The contact on location during the final is Anders Bjers, Communications Officer at the Swedish Research Council and JPIAMR, telephone +46 73 550 37 88, email anders.bjers@vr.se.

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Program for ‘Hacking AMR 2019

  • The Swedish Research Council (SRC)
    The Swedish Research Council is a government agency within the Ministry of Education and Research. We fund research and research infrastructure in all scientific disciplines. We are also advisors to the Government on research policy issues and work to increase understanding of the long-term societal benefits of research.

  • CIHR
    At the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) we know that research has the power to change lives. As Canada's health research investment agency, we collaborate with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care system.

  • JPIAMR
    JPIAMR is a global collaborative platform and has engaged 27 nations to curb antibiotic resistance (AMR) with a One Health approach. The initiative coordinates national funding to support transnational research and activities within the six priority areas of the shared JPIAMR Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda. To date JPIAMR has supported research and network projects, with funding of approximately 67 million euro. The JPIAMR is currently developing a platform to extend shared research capabilities on a global scale through the Virtual Research Institute (JPIAMR-VRI).

  • Research Council of Norway (RCN)
    The Research Council works to promote research and innovation of high quality and relevance and to generate knowledge in priority areas to enable Norway to deal with key challenges to society and the business sector.

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