SDG Open Hack! Autism

Want to improve the lives of children with autism and their families?

Participate in this collaborative event to develop concrete solutions to encourage better connection between families and the professionals around them (teachers and health practitioners).


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects one in 54 children and is characterised by difficulties in social interaction, impaired communication skills, and the presence of repetitive behaviours and restricted interests. As a pervasive developmental disorder, autism can have a profound impact on the lives of affected children and their families. However, early intervention (before the age of 3) can significantly reduce the developmental impact of autism by reducing the social deficits and learning difficulties associated with autism.

The overall success of diagnosis and intervention lies in the ability to detect the disorder as early as possible, based on effective pre-screening by parents or primary care practitioners, so that the child can be referred for specialist assessment. For screening, it is hoped that artificial intelligence (AI) tools can be of great help to many parents who are in doubt about their child. When autism is diagnosed, the involvement of families is essential to best support their child's development.

This hackathon aims to develop concepts for user-centred experiences to foster a good connection between families of a child with ASD and professionals (teachers or health practitioners).

We have identified 3 challenges:

  1. Designing a user experience to make AI-based autism screening simple for parents, while ensuring that they receive appropriate support for further diagnosis if the screening proves positive, or in case of doubt.
  2. To design and create tools for parents to support early intervention during the pre-school period, in continuous relationship with clinicians.
  3. Design and create a Seesaw-like application to better connect parents with school professionals, in order to facilitate the exchange of information, which would be particularly important when the child is not very verbal and therefore cannot provide an informative account of his or her days.

Date: Friday 26 November from 9am to 7pm

Location: Campus Biotech (main hall), in collaboration with Hackahealth Geneva Hackathon

Programme :

Friday 26 November

8:30 - 9:00: Welcome, Breakfast and Coffee
9:00 - 9:30: Opening ceremony with presentation of the challenges
9.30am: Start of group work with the user-centred innovation canvas
12.30 - 12.45: "Cross-pitch #1": What works? What are the outstanding issues?
12.45pm: Lunch
17h30 - 18h : Pitching of projects
6pm - 7pm: Aperitif