3rd HOPE network meeting & Designathon workshop

A designathon is a multi-stage process that includes an open call for people and ideas, an intensive period of group collaboration, and a period of implementation or other follow-ups.




I am an infectious diseases physician and social scientist with a special interest in crowdsourcing and related participatory methods. Crowdsourcing has a diverse group of individuals attempt to solve a problem and then share selected solutions with the public. I have used crowdsourcing to develop HIV interventions and enhance community engagement. I organized 100 crowdsourcing open calls to improve health, including 13 global challenge contests. Finalist ideas from these open calls have informed regional, national, and global guidelines. In partnership with WHO/TDR, I led the development of a practical guide on crowdsourcing for health and health research.


Dr. Weiming Tang is an associate professor of UNC Chapel Hill, and the Co-Director of UNC Project-China. His background training is in the field of epidemiology, with an emphasis on HIV/STI epidemiology, study design, and data analysis. His research focuses on promoting HIV/STI testing and healthy behavior change among key populations. Specifically, He is interested in using crowdsourcing and other participatory methods to enhance health services. He also pays specific attention to digital health/telemedicine, especially in the evaluation of digital health. He has co-authored more than 250 peer-reviewed publications.



Rayner Kay Jin Tan is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina Project-China. He is also a visiting research fellow at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore and National University Health System, and a visiting research fellow at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases Singapore. His research interests revolve broadly about the social determinants of health, community engagement, the health of vulnerable populations, sexual health, and mental health.



Hello, I’m Yusha Tao. Program Coordinator of Social Entrepreneurship to Spur Health (SESH).

I majored in Epidemiology and Health Statistics. I have published several articles in some high-impact journals. I have contributed to an Economic Evaluation Tool for the triple elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, hepatitis B, and syphilis utilized by the WHO WPRO region, as well as systematic reviews on hepatitis that informed WHO guidelines. Recently, I helped organise the “Social Innovation Summer Training Workshop” and the “secondary distribution of HIV self-testing” designathon in China.



Eneyi Kpokiri, PhD is a clinical pharmacist and Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom. Her research focuses on identifying and implementing social innovations in health with the use of community-engaged, participatory methods including crowdsourcing and hackathons. She has conducted several global crowdsourcing open calls, in-person/digital hackathons and other public engagement methods for health research.



I am the Research Director of Social Entrepreneurship to Spur Health (SESH) Global, and also a China-based Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I have a special research interest in understanding sexual health behaviors among key populations using innovative strategies. I was one of the organizers of a pilot open call to develop an abbreviated form (10 minutes) of a sexual and reproductive health survey instrument appropriate for low- and middle-income countries. I led a global a crowdsourcing project to solicit personal stories and advocacy experiences by people with lived experiences of viral hepatitis worldwide and a pay-it-forward influenza vaccine pragmatic trial that demonstrates an increased vaccine uptake rate among pay-it-forward participants compared to self-paid vaccination. I am currently leading a UK-China project (jointly funded by ESRC ES/T014547/1 and NSFC 72061137001) examining sexual lifestyles, attitudes and health outcomes among middle-aged and older people in the UK and China, a randomized controlled trial (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 21H1401) examining the effectiveness of pay-it-forward in improving HPV vaccination among adolescent girls in China.

Date: October 20, 2022
Time: 12.00-2.00 PM AEST
Location: Zoom

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