The Hyfe Story

Hyfe is a team collaboration between people and institutions who decided to contribute their skills and experience to build a tool that can help individuals and health professionals track cough as part of wider public health efforts.

The cough tracker was not originally designed for Covid19. But the pandemic accelerated the team’s decision to get it to market fast as we believe cough tracking - identification, quantification, and eventually disease classification - to help  people stay on top of their health and a potentially impactful tool in the global response to public health crises.

Hyfe is an impact-first initiative. This tool does not monetize anything and is not making any money. It is currently self-funded and the team is actively trying to identify sufficient funds to keep it free to use and eliminate any monetization pressure.

The team is committed to provide a perpetual free-to-use licence of this tool to any public health institution that would like to deploy it in their own efforts as well as a perpetual free-to-use licence across low and middle income countries.


Joe Brew

Joe Brew is a data scientist with a background in public health and economics. He has worked for several public health agencies and research groups, as well as private ventures in data analytics and consulting. His main areas of interest are the crossroads of technology, development, and infectious disease surveillance.


Paul Rieger

Paul Rieger is a seasoned entrepreneur and executive focused on pragmatic approaches to integrate new technologies into existing businesses and the creation of scalable business models. He is the managing director at Centiva Health and a board member at HIT Foundation. Previously, Paul lead Business Development Europe at NEM Foundation and founded a software company that developed enterprise-grade software as a service products.


Iulian Circo

Iulian Circo is a serial entrepreneur and veteran humanitarian specialized in building high-stake businesses that use exponential technology to achieve impact at scale. He co-founded Proof of Impact and is involved with other ambitious, impact-driven businesses world-wide as co-founder, investor or adviser.



Rediet Abebe - AI, Algorithms & Social Good

Rediet Abebe is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and holds a Ph.D in computer science from Cornell University. Her research is broadly in the fields of artificial intelligence and algorithms, with a focus on their applications social good. Abebe co-founded and co-organizes Mechanism Design for Social Good (MD4SG), a multi-institutional and interdisciplinary research initiative, and Black in AI, a non-profit organization tackling representation and inclusion issues in the field.


Vega Paithankar - Technology

Vega Paithankar is a software engineer Ex-Google, Ex-Oracle and Ex-Sun. He is currently head of engineering at Centiva Health. Vega also serves as CTO of HIT Foundation, which is building blockchain infrastructure for healthcare.


Eberhard Scheuer - e-health & MedTech

Eberhard Scheuer holds a PhD in psychology and views healthcare always from the patient’s point of view. He has been a researcher, lecturer, therapist, digital health entrepreneur, and networker for two decades. He started to use tokens in order to change human behavior in the early 90’s.


Simon Grandjean Lapierre - diagnostic & clinical medicine

Simon Grandjean Lapierre, M.D. specializes in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Medical Microbiology and Diagnostics. He holds positions at the Université de Montréal and the Montreal University Hospital Research Center. He is passionate about using technology to get health care to under-served populations and remote settings.