Deutsche Bank techies ready for leukaemia app ‘hackathon’

Deutsche Bank teams from around the world will take part in the forthcoming charity ‘hackathon’ to design an app for use by leukaemia patients.

James Hayes | 10th Jul 18
Image shows members of one of the Deutsche Bank teams from around the world who will take part in the forthcoming charity ‘hackathon’ to design an app for use by leukaemia patients.

Volunteers from across Deutsche Bank’s global technical personnel will devote 24 hours to designing a mobile phone app for one of the bank’s Charities of the Year, Cure Leukaemia.

Teams from the UK, India, Hungary, Germany, Hong Kong, USA, Russia and Singapore will work around the clock at the ‘hackathon’* on July 19th-20th to design an app for use by leukaemia patients around the world.

The aim of the app is to give leukaemia sufferers and their families global access to a vital resource that connects them to patients through a dedicated Cure Leukaemia community, and offer key information on their illness and suggestions that can help them throughout their battles. This includes ways to strengthen self-esteem and mental well-being, dietary advice, and what to expect throughout their treatment.

Fundraising specialists JustGiving will be involved in the hackathon offering their advice on how to maximise the fundraising possibilities associated with the app.

Benefiting patients worldwide

“Having cancer is a ‘full-time job’ for patients,” said Professor Charlie Craddock CBE, Co-founder at Cure Leukaemia. “The treatment we offer is only part of their battle against the leukaemia and aspects such as diet, exercise, and mental well-being are crucial in helping them combat the disease. We are immensely grateful to Deutsche Bank for giving Cure Leukaemia this focussed opportunity to design a resource that could benefit patients worldwide.”

“Great hackathons rely on having inspiring, challenging problems for engineers and designers to solve – from our very first conversation, it was clear that Cure Leukaemia had just that,” said Paul Shepheard, Head of Development Engineering at Deutsche Bank. “The opportunity to create something which will benefit leukaemia patients around the world is hugely exciting, and I am looking forward to seeing the solutions our teams produce.”

*Charity Digital News Jargonbust: A hackathon is a design sprint-like event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development collaborate intensively on software projects against a set deadline.