More than 80 members of the Vancouver-area technology community will gather with health care experts to solve some of health care’s biggest challenges.
One participant wants to put his technology skills and hackathon experience to work toward a cause that’s close to his heart. “In the past few years, a few close relatives have been diagnosed with cancer. It hit me especially hard when my mother and my wife were diagnosed. I am extremely appreciative of the health care system and want to find ways to give back, and I see the hackathon as a place to start, to use my skills to give back,” he said.
The Fraser Health Hackathon will take place January 21-22, 2017, in partnership with TELUS, Innovation Boulevard, the City of Surrey and SFU Surrey. Computer programmers, software developers, graphic designers, business management and marketing specialists, among others, will help create tools for:
- The public to navigate the health care system and connect to resources;
- Health care leaders to better use data to make decisions;
- Public health emergencies such as the overdose crisis;
- Health care providers to communicate and collaborate more effectively;
- And a wild card challenge for a great project that defies categorization.
Participants will be competing for prizes including:
Innovation Boulevard: Health Tech Innovation Foundation prize package
- $700 cash prize
- Two tickets to the B.C. Tech Summit in March 2017
- A professional business and financial plan review.
TELUS prize package
- $1500 cash prize from TELUS Health
- 49-inch HD TV
- The opportunity to spend up to a full day with TELUS’ Chief Dreamer for a “dream workshop” using TELUS Garden Innovation space
- The opportunity to further develop the prize winner’s ideas with key TELUS Venture thought leaders (up to two one-hour sessions).
"X-Factor" prize package
- Dinner with Fraser Health's President and CEO, Michael Marchbank