I’m participating in the Port Hackathon organized by Cern and Campus Biotech in Geneva, Switzerland, a three-day problem solving workshop hackathon devoted to humanitarian, social and public interest topics. Interdisciplinary teams of hand selected participants working together in the fields of:
communication – transport – health – science – education – work – culture – data
I will be part of the Pier 33 addressing the topic of Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP), a genetic disorder makes skin ultra-sensitive to UV light. Any exposure to the sun’s rays or artificial UV sources (e.g. some halogen and neon lights) can cause fatal skin cancer. People suffering from XP (30 thousand worldwide, most of them children) need special protection, covering all body parts. Several attempts were made to facilitate their daily lives. An improved layout of the currently used head mask and making it available for developing countries would be next important steps.
I’m very excited to be part of this very meaningful project, and look forward to collaborate with the great team of scientists, engineers and design to come up with something in the Hackathon and hopefully it will bring some insights to the people suffering from XP!