Table 1

Stages of a designathon

StageBrief descriptionAdvice for implementation
1Form a local steering committee (including individuals with expertise in public health, civil society, communications, design)The steering committee members can also be invited to be judges during the event
2Widely disseminate a call for participation in order to identify participantsUsing multiple platforms and networks will increase heterogeneity
3Prepare for the 72-hour event by clearly establishing the rules, judging criteria and expectationsA coordinator staff is needed to ensure all of the logistics are arranged and expectations are aligned
4Host the 72-hour event, often at a local universityLocal universities often have sufficient space on weekends
5Share the designs of the finalists through implementation and evaluationReal-world implementation can also serve as an incentive to participate