The AI Commons Health & Wellbeing Hackathon is an online competition to develop ground breaking and innovative working prototypes, models or solutions driven by Artificial Intelligence that can solve identified local health problems or improve identified existing health technology solutions in Nigeria.

The AI Commons Project is a proof of concept of a new methodology of developing Artificial Intelligence solutions that allows anyone, anywhere to benefit from the possibilities that AI can provide. The project aims to increase/improve the accessibility, reproducibility, contextualization and enhancement of Artificial Intelligence solutions globally and especially in emerging markets.

The project aims to demonstrate how a global community of AI experts can learn and co-create mutually beneficial solutions with the opportunity for cross-county incremental enhancement.

The AI Commons Health & Wellbeing Hackathon is an online competition for AI experts, health workers, academic researchers, health tech organizations, students and any other interested party with ground breaking and innovative working prototypes, models or solutions driven by Artificial Intelligence and can solve identified local health problems or improve identified existing Artificial Intelligence health solutions in Nigeria.


1. Knowledge of teams skill an competence required to take up the challenge.

2. Demonstrated experience and history of taking up similar challenges.

3. Team familiarity or understanding of the problem space.

4. Diversity of the team (A team should have members from different backgrounds with at least one member with a medical background or a verifiable understanding of the problem space).


1st place: $4, 000

2nd place: $3, 000

3rd place: $2, 000


1. Definitions:
“Data Science Nigeria”, “AI Commons”, “we”, “our”, and “us” refer to Project Initiators while “you” and “yourself” refer to the Hackathon participant, or the parent/legal guardian of any minor or under-aged Hackathon entrant. By entering you agree to be bound by these rules.

2. Application/Entry Periods:

Application for the Hackathon starts on the 13rth of July, 2020 and closes on the 19th of July, 2020 by 11:59 pm West Africa Time (WAT). After selection of participants, entries for working prototype/solution opens on the 27th of July, 2020 and closes on the 16th of August, 2020 by 11:59 pm West Africa Time (WAT). Applicants are encouraged to start the development of solutions/prototype immediately after application to make good use of time.

3. Eligibility:
To participate, you must be 18 years of age or have the consent of a parent or legal guardian to participate as a minor.

4. Competition Structure:
  • You can only apply as a team of a minimum of 3 members and a maximum of 5 members.
  • Successful applicants will be contacted and invited for a live briefing session to learn more about the challenge and ask questions to gain further clarity.
  • Working solution/prototype entry opens on the 27th of July, 2020 and closes on the 16th of August, 2020. Submission details will be provided to the selected applicants at the live briefing session.
  • Problem stakeholders will be assigned to you to evaluate your ongoing work and provide necessary guidance and support in the development of a solution and prototype from the 3rd of August, 2020 and the 10th of August, 2020.
  • Winners will be announced on the 26th of August and will be contacted afterwards to provide their personal details.
  5. How to Participate:
1st Step: Team up & Apply
Apply to be part of the Hackathon here
Comply with the selection criteria by creating a quality team that has the following attributes:
  • Skills and competence to take up the challenge.
  • Past experience in solving similar problems or competing in similar Hackathons.
  • A diverse team with members from different relevant backgrounds.
  • Understanding of the problem space.
2nd Step: Selection and Mandatory Live Briefing Session
If selected, you will be invited to attend a mandatory live briefing session, where more details of the hackathon will be shared and you can ask questions to gain more clarity about the challenge. Note: Any team that fails to attend the briefing session will automatically be disqualified and replaced with another team.

3rd Step: Assignment of Mentors/Experts
Problem owners and stakeholders (these are individuals/professionals who have personal experience of the problem or are involved in the development/advocacy of a solution) will be assigned to each team to evaluate your ongoing work on the 3rd – 10th of August, 2020 and provide necessary support and guidance before the final submission of your solution and documentation on the 16th of August, 2020.

4th Step: Submission of Entries Choose one of the following two available tracks to submit your entries in:
  • Improving identified solutions: a link to all the identified solutions will be sent to you.
  • Solutions to any problem statements. We have 20 problem statements contributed by experts categorized evenly into 10 segments (2 problem statements per segment). For inspiration, each problem statements also comes along with possible AI solutions. The documentation will be shared with you.
  • Ensure to submit your prototype or solution, codes, data, video and other supporting documents in the required format that will be disclosed during the briefing session, on or before the close of submission of entries on the 23rd of July, 2020 by 11:59 pm West Africa Time (WAT).
6. Use of Your Entry:
Your submission will be made open-source, and made available to anyone to replicate, modify, improve or contextualize in alignment with the project goal. By submitting a solution/prototype, you grant us an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide right and license to use, review, assess, test and otherwise analyse your submission and all its content in connection with this project, and use your submission in any media whatsoever now known or later invented for any purpose deemed fit by the project initiators.

7. General Conditions, Terms and Release of Liability:
To the extent allowed by law, by participating in the competition, you agree to release and hold harmless, Data Science Nigeria, AI Commons and their respective partners from any and all liability or any injury, loss, or damage of any kind arising in connection with any prize won. Please review and accept all the terms, conditions and release of liability document before proceeding to apply here




Does it solve any of the identified problems?


Can the solution be easily understood?


Does it align with the values/ethics/morals of its users?


How well does it profer solutions the problem?


How easy is it to use?

Data Quality

What is the quality of the data used in the solution?


How easy is it to rebuild the solution?


How easy is it to test the solutions or verify modifications?


How easy is it to modify or improve its functionality?


Is the solution documented in line with the template provided?

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