Systems Imagination Hackathon Recap

Covid-19 has changed many aspects of our lives, but it has yet to slow down the incredible growth of innovation from Tempe, Az. At Systems Imagination, we have continued to explore quite a few new innovative approaches to drug discovery as well as dedicating resources to helping our local community during Covide-19.

When Kati Martinez and Anthony Kuhn from Arizona State Univerity approached us with an opportunity to assist in hosting a virtual hackathon, we instantly agreed. As a startup, we have always prided ourselves on deep ties with our community. Arizona State University's main campus in Tempe is only a few blocks away from our HQ, which has enabled us to collaborate on numerous projects. Thus through a few conversations, we agreed on the theme, "Unleashing data on COVID."

You see, Systems Imagination makes use of data science and artificial intelligence to rapidly identify "actionable insights" that help pharmaceutical companies better position their assets to have positive impacts on public health. We knew that with this expertise and the innovative approach by students, we could come up with novel and impactful solutions in regards to Covid-19.

So during the weekend of July 26-28, over 70 Arizona State University students and 5 mentors form systems imagination took part in this hackathon. This event was nothing short of a slam dunk for everyone involved. Besides being able to bring together students from all over the country, we saw some outstanding innovations coming from this weekend event.

The best part though, would have to be the honest drive and passion that I witnessed. Whether from the mentors or the students, there was a general sense of excitement with creating a solution to a real-world problem that affects us all.

If you would like to learn more about the event, attached is a fantastic article from ASU that details the weekend in more depth.

https://assets-global.website-files.com/5d3749bd235763e7c252743a/5f08ba26ff349ef69917305d_ASU%20now%20article%20.pdf

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July 13, 2020

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