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Tuberculosis Hackathon

20 May – 3 September 2019

The Tuberculosis Hackathon begins with a question: can we make useful predictive models for sub-national tuberculosis (TB) burden in Pakistan?

In partnership with Pakistan’s National Tuberculosis Control Program, KIT’s Centre for Spatial Epidemiology (CASE) is hosting a virtual hackathon to develop novel approaches to predict TB burden.

The challenge

TB prevalence surveys are usually powered to provide national prevalence estimates. Yet, these surveys also contain a wealth of sub-national information that could benefit decision makers and populations. This hackathon brings together research groups interested in TB modelling to collaborate on a joint modelling exercise to estimate sub-national TB burden in Pakistan in 2018.

The hackathon began on 20 May and concluded on 3 September 2019.

The hackathon: how it works

Models developed as part of this hackathon were appraised and compared by an evaluation panel comprised of global TB and statistical experts including representatives from Pakistan’s NTP and the World Health Organisation. They were also evaluated on the basis of standard evaluation criteria that reflect the precision, consistency (internal and external) and credibility of the model.

Participating teams

The hackathon was open to individual researchers as well as teams. The following teams participated:

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The Winner

KIT awarded the winner of the hackathon at the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Hyderabad – Congratulations to the Team led by Stewart Chang from the Institute for Disease Modeling including Bradley Wagner, Karyn Sutton, Anna Bershteyn, William Trouleau, Amjad Khan, and Jens Levy.

Hack TB Hackathon Winner

We will invite participants to collaborate on satellite session at the Union conference co-ordinated by KIT CASE, as well as a summary publication describing the various methodological approaches and performance. The publication will also reflect on the models’ strengths and limitations.

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