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Photography by Paul Clarke 
Aman Bhandari @GHideas 
Matt Hayward @HCareThoughts 
PLEASE CONSULT THE AUTHORS FOR CONTENT USE
The health hackathon database 
The insights we discovered from the database confirmed our suspicions—Hackathons are a uniq...
THE STORY OF HACKATHONS IN HEALTHCARE 
PLEASE CONSULT THE AUTHORS FOR CONTENT USE @GHideas | @HCareThoughts
Software is eating the world 
My own theory is that we are in the middle of a dramatic and broad technological and economi...
Modern medicine has strong roots in experimentation… 
MARIE CURIE 
PLEASE CONSULT THE AUTHORS FOR CONTENT USE—@GHideas | @...
However, innovation has largely taken place behind closed doors 
@GHideas | @HCareThoughts PLEASE CONSULT THE AUTHORS FOR ...
Health hackathons have grown exponentially since 2010 
1. Wikipedia 2. Bhandari et al. 
Worldwide health hackathons2 
’00 ...
What is a hackathon? 
“A hackathon is an event where people get together and develop awesome projects in a short time span...
Who attends a health hackathon? 
MENTORS 
DESIGNERS 
HEALTH PROFESSIONALS 
ENTRE- PRENEURS 
PATIENTS 
DEVELOPERS 
Photogra...
Why hackathons? 
No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else 
Joy’s Law—Sun Microsystems co-f...
What does the average health hackathon look like? 
In the data on over 100 health hackathons since 2010, here are some num...
The interest in healthcare is spreading 
$1 MILLION 
GRAND PRIZE WINNER 
Salesforce Hackathon 2013 
The largest prize amou...
Health focused hackathons are scaling globally 
Main outfits 
28 events 
27 events 
16 events 
Other outfits 
1. Bhandari ...
Health hackathons span the globe but also the whole healthcare spectrum 
1. Bhandari et al. 
DIABETES | ASTHMA | PAIN MANA...
Almost every type of stakeholder in healthcare has used a hackathon 
Hospitals 
Tech 
Pharma 
Providers 
Health IT 
Academ...
Teams have the potential to take their creations beyond the hackathon and become success stories like , which launched fro...
Sample feeback1 
94% 
of the participants would recommend the Hackathon to friends or colleagues 
1.Feedback from the Heal...
In healthcare, in what other way can you collaborate brainstorm & build ? 
LIST OF HACKATHONS CLICK HERE 
Photography by P...
Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that...
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The Rise of the Health Hackathon: 6 Insights from Hackathons Around the World

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- The Story of hackathons in healthcare
- Why we need hackathons in healthcare
- Analysis of over 100 health focused hackathons

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The Rise of the Health Hackathon: 6 Insights from Hackathons Around the World

  1. 1. Photography by Paul Clarke Aman Bhandari @GHideas Matt Hayward @HCareThoughts PLEASE CONSULT THE AUTHORS FOR CONTENT USE
  2. 2. The health hackathon database The insights we discovered from the database confirmed our suspicions—Hackathons are a uniquely powerful mechanism for industry-wide experimentation and collaboration. In the spirit of cross-sector sharing and cooperation, we bring you this global health hackathon database so we can learn from one another and encourage new connections among participants and sponsors. This database is open and free and we hope that you will contribute to this living log of groups working together to solve real-world problems in healthcare. We created a living downloadable database of over 100 health hackathons CLICK HERE FOR FULL DATABASE PLEASE CONSULT THE AUTHORS FOR CONTENT USE @GHideas | @HCareThoughts
  3. 3. THE STORY OF HACKATHONS IN HEALTHCARE PLEASE CONSULT THE AUTHORS FOR CONTENT USE @GHideas | @HCareThoughts
  4. 4. Software is eating the world My own theory is that we are in the middle of a dramatic and broad technological and economic shift in which software companies are poised to take over large swathes of the economy… Health care and education, in my view, are next up for fundamental software-based transformation “ ” Marc Andreessen “ ” PLEASE CONSULT THE AUTHORS FOR CONTENT USE @GHideas | @HCareThoughts
  5. 5. Modern medicine has strong roots in experimentation… MARIE CURIE PLEASE CONSULT THE AUTHORS FOR CONTENT USE—@GHideas | @HCareThoughts
  6. 6. However, innovation has largely taken place behind closed doors @GHideas | @HCareThoughts PLEASE CONSULT THE AUTHORS FOR CONTENT USE
  7. 7. Health hackathons have grown exponentially since 2010 1. Wikipedia 2. Bhandari et al. Worldwide health hackathons2 ’00 ’10 1999 The first hackathon was launched in 1999 at Sun Microsystems, where John Gage challenged attendees to write a program in Java for the new Palm V using the infrared port to communicate with other Palm users and register it on the Internet1 2010 From our database of over 100 health hackathons 3 7 24 37 60 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 FIRST HACKATHON FIRST HEALTH HACKATHON There were no forums for collaboration within healthcare, so we created our own. Borrowing methodology from the tech world to engage the community and democratize innovation, the first health hackathon was born out of a collaboration between Health 2.0 and the government at Health Data Palooza. @GHideas | @HCareThoughts PLEASE CONSULT THE AUTHORS FOR CONTENT USE
  8. 8. What is a hackathon? “A hackathon is an event where people get together and develop awesome projects in a short time span”1 A 24-48 hour event where people gather to solve a specific problem with like-minded individuals. 1. http://www.digitalhealthdays.se/~/media/files/digitalhealthdays/for-besokare/artiklar/hha-faq-2014.pdf Photography by Paul Clarke @GHideas | @HCareThoughts PLEASE CONSULT THE AUTHORS FOR CONTENT USE
  9. 9. Who attends a health hackathon? MENTORS DESIGNERS HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ENTRE- PRENEURS PATIENTS DEVELOPERS Photography by Paul Clarke @GHideas @HCareThoughts PLEASE CONSULT THE AUTHORS FOR CONTENT USE
  10. 10. Why hackathons? No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else Joy’s Law—Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy “ ” Tinker, build, and experiment in a safe zone Democratization of innovation—anyone, including patients, can get involved Platform for collaboration across boundaries and silos Accelerated, creative problem solving that leads to action Learn new skills, have fun, build a community PLEASE CONSULT THE AUTHORS FOR CONTENT USE @GHideas | @HCareThoughts
  11. 11. What does the average health hackathon look like? In the data on over 100 health hackathons since 2010, here are some numbers that emerged. The average hackathon displayed the following Overall PLEASE CONSULT THE AUTHORS FOR CONTENT USE @GHideas | @HCareThoughts
  12. 12. The interest in healthcare is spreading $1 MILLION GRAND PRIZE WINNER Salesforce Hackathon 2013 The largest prize amount for any hackathon was the $1M Salesforce hack. A team focused on healthcare won PLEASE CONSULT THE AUTHORS FOR CONTENT USE @GHideas | @HCareThoughts
  13. 13. Health focused hackathons are scaling globally Main outfits 28 events 27 events 16 events Other outfits 1. Bhandari et al. Worldwide health hackathons1 PLEASE CONSULT THE AUTHORS FOR CONTENT USE @GHideas | @HCareThoughts
  14. 14. Health hackathons span the globe but also the whole healthcare spectrum 1. Bhandari et al. DIABETES | ASTHMA | PAIN MANAGEMENT | HEART DISEASE | MENTAL HEALTH | OBESTIY | ONCOLOGY PATIENT PORTALS | PATIENT ENGAGEMENT | mHEALTH | ACA IMPLEMENTATION | WEARABLES | MED DEVICES PLEASE CONSULT THE AUTHORS FOR CONTENT USE @GHideas | @HCareThoughts
  15. 15. Almost every type of stakeholder in healthcare has used a hackathon Hospitals Tech Pharma Providers Health IT Academia Non-Profit Government The hackathon model can be adapted to address challenges across many groups from public to private sector organizations. PLEASE CONSULT THE AUTHORS FOR CONTENT USE @GHideas | @HCareThoughts
  16. 16. Teams have the potential to take their creations beyond the hackathon and become success stories like , which launched from a hackathon and has since raised over $4M.1 Hackathons can produce a diversity of solutions, not just apps The Blu+ app utilizes the Blue Button+ API that can access personal health records and create a modern digital dashboard of health records including up- coming appointments, immunizations, and extensions to track diet and fitness for the average populace to be more aware and active in their own health. Monitor.me is a cellphone case designed to measure a user’s heartbeat while on the phone. The accompanying app allows users to view their pulse, compare themselves against national averages, and monitor themselves for potential heart problems. Kinect Burn Area App: Using the off-the-shelf Microsoft Kinect, the 3D depth sensor feature accurately and rapidly provides doctors measurements of total body surface area. The camera feature allows clinicians to visualize and accurately mark the area of the burn on screen and automatically calculate the % of body surface area burnt as well as fluid requirements of the patient. Kipster integrates hardware and software to help gamify cystic fibrosis breathing exercises. The iPad application and accompanying hardware allows children to run through a series of fun games using their breath to control characters in the game. Philly Codefest 2014 Hacking Health Toronto 2013 Health Hack Dublin 2013 Hacking Health Montreal 2012 APP WEARABLE HARDWARE OTHER 1. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304179704579461284247758424 @GHideas | @HCareThoughts PLEASE CONSULT THE AUTHORS FOR CONTENT USE
  17. 17. Sample feeback1 94% of the participants would recommend the Hackathon to friends or colleagues 1.Feedback from the Health Literacy Hackathon 2012 http://mollymcleod.com/gallery/health-literacy-hackathon/ 89% would travel for the Hackathon in the future 89% said judging criteria was fair 78% had a clearer understanding of health literacy after the Hackathon 61% said they networked and made valuable contacts at the Hackathon I can’t even begin to count the ways my brain got stimulated [this weekend]. Working with the tech sector is new to me, and has recently been something I’m very excited about. I really got to see the value in having multiple perspectives when developing a product. It was a great and informative experience that forced me to think in a way I never had before. “ ” “ “ ” ” People love the hackathon model and being challenged to take action in this format. PLEASE CONSULT THE AUTHORS FOR CONTENT USE @GHideas | @HCareThoughts
  18. 18. In healthcare, in what other way can you collaborate brainstorm & build ? LIST OF HACKATHONS CLICK HERE Photography by Paul Clarke Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty HACK DAY MANIFESTO CLICK HERE @GHideas | @HCareThoughts PLEASE CONSULT THE AUTHORS FOR CONTENT USE
  19. 19. Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead “ ” Photography by Paul Clarke http://paulclarke.com | @paul_clarke CLICK HERE FOR FULL DATABASE @GHideas @HCareThoughts

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