WELCOME TO CURIOSUM (former Sliperiet)
In April 2019, Sliperiet changed it´s name to Curiosum and
merged with the science center Umevatoriet. This autumn we will
take the next step. and together with our tenants move into the
renewed premises of Sliperiet at Arts Campus at Umeå
In 2020 Curiosum will open. A new science center, to inspire
young and old with science and technology. We believe curiosity can
change the world.
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International hackathon to predict zika- och dengue outcasts
Umeå researcher Joacim Rocklöv has developed an
internationally recognized model for predicting outbreaks of
infectious diseases. On June 20 to 22, he is hosting a three-day
hackathon at Sliperiet at Umeå university, where research, WHO and
Microsoft have met to jointly develop digital support that can
predict and reduce the risk of outbreaks of dengue fever and zika
virus infections caused by the Aedes mosquito.
"We want decision makers to be able to react proactively to
outbreaks of these viral diseases instead of afterwards, when it's
really too late, as unfortunately is common," says Joacim Rocklöv,
researcher at the Department of Public Health and Clinical
The aim of the hackathon is to develop digital support, a
platform and a warning system that can gather legitimate
information on dengue and zika in one place and facilitate for
decision makers to make well-grounded decisions in connection to
the outbreak of zika virus or dengue fever. Their hope is that the
platform will eventually reduce or even stave off epidemic
"Furthermore, we want to insert social dimensions into the
warning signals contained in the system and get the information out
in social media. For example, we can use the geo-codes contained in
social media to see how people move in and between cities and
countries - which can say something about the spread of infections.
Or, we can see how people express themselves as they discuss the
diseases in social media - how they describe symptoms, their
concerns or how they protect themselves against infection. It can,
among other things, provide insights into how people get
information about viral diseases, "says Joacim.
The Hackathon is the first in a series of three hackathons this
year, in different places in the world. Joacim Rocklöv has
assembled an extremely broad and competent group in Umeå,
consisting of eleven researchers and experts from the WHO,
Microsoft and the health ministries in Mexico and Malaysia. The
latter are important for the WHO, who wants to test the prototypes
the team is developing in true situations, in countries that are
severely affected by virus diseases caused by the Aedes mosquito.
The team originates from nine different countries and represents
about as many different areas of specialization and
Informaton about the zika virus and dengue fever (in Swedish):
News from the Faculty of Medicine: "
Hackfest" gathers experts to develop data program that can predict
For more information about the Hackathon,
Joacim Rocklöv, Researcher, Department of Public Health and
+46 70-636 16 35