A unique opportunity to develop open data projects to gain exposure, work with highly qualified mentors and improve the lives of companion animals and their owners affected by COVID-19.
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We’re encouraging innovators around the world to join us for this high profile data hack using digital technologies (of their choice) across a range of suggested themes designed to find and accelerate innovative approaches to monitoring, diagnosing and controlling COVID-19’s impact on the animal health community and industry. This 100% virtual hackathon will bring together vet professionals, data scientists, data engineers, designers, and entrepreneurs to collaborate through dedicated digital channels to work with relevant open datasets and digital technologies to foster innovative solutions in the field.
We invite remote groups to work collaboratively on solutions that illustrate the impact of the pandemic on animal health related areas that can help the public, government and business to act in an informed and sustainable manner. In this first edition, the Hack will focus on addressing solutions for Companion Animals (aka pets!). Projects can take the form of written analysis or forecasts, data visualizations, live data dashboards, or any other creative solutions to develop innovative approaches to the current crisis.
The PetHack will provide you with the resources you need to explore your ideas, experiment and accelerate results. We will facilitate access to pet, animal health and coronavirus-related open data along with additional data made available by our vHive partners. Data will be made available in a powerful platform which will allow you to collaborate with others to define, develop and execute your innovative solutions and make a real difference in addressing the challenges facing the animal health sectors in times of the pandemic.
A panel of judges will select winners and award up to £2,000 in cash prizes plus £400 in website builder vouchers.
Winner teams will have the opportunity to work with Zoetis to further their work and get access to seed funding/incubation opportunities.
The Veterinary Health Innovation Engine (vHive) at the University of Surrey is a research centre, startup and incubator supported by a co-investment of £8.5 million in resources dedicated to the development and adoption of new digital technologies in animal health.
Zoetis Inc. is the world's largest producer of medicine and vaccinations for pets and livestock.
The Initiative for Digital Economy at Exeter University is a research and teaching centre that provides practical insights and measurable impact to organisations looking to address the effects of digital disruption, and to take operational advantage of the emerging digital economy.
Open Data Soft is the global Open Data, Smart City, and API solution platform.
Virtual Recall creates automated, profitable veterinary reminders, client feedback and educational communications resulting in better compliance, sales and reducing workload.
The Pet Hack is proudly supported by funding from the University of Surrey ESRC Impact Acceleration Account.