We invite healthcare professionals, designers, patients, developers, innovators, students and entrepreneurs to take part in building useable solutions to frontline healthcare problems. Join us Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 02 for Hacking Health Waterloo’s Hackathon in conjunction with True North taking place at Kitchener City Hall.
Register officially here
Why participate in the Hacking Health Hackathon and what to expect…
Our hackathons are a fun, hands-on, intense, 3-day hackathon that breaks down barriers to healthcare innovation in Kitchener-Waterloo. Our goal isn’t just to organize hackathons, it’s to have a long-term impact on our healthcare system. This hackathon in conjunction with True North will take place simultaneously in Ottawa and Kitchener-Waterloo. We can’t wait to see you contribute to a hackathon project that can be brought to market for the benefit of communities everywhere – we have the resources to help you get there!
At the hackathon, teams will pitch ideas, get advice from experts and build solutions that can be integrated and implemented into our healthcare system. We are excited to see the projects you’re dreaming up come to life!
The rules of the hackathon are available here that we encourage you to read.
Friday, May 31
5:00 – 6:00 PM Registration Opens, Food & Networking
6:00 – 7:00 PM Local speakers with mentors table available
7:00 – 7:15 PM Opening Ceremony
7:15 – 8:00 PM Pitch Clinic
8:00 – 8:30 PM 1-minute pitches
8:30 – 10:00 PM Team Formation & Networking
10:00 PM End of Day 1
Saturday, Jun 01
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Hacking Starts
12:00 PM Lunch & Judging Criteria Presentation
1:00 PM Hacking
5:00 PM Dinner
9:00 PM End of Day 2
Sunday, June 02
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Hacking
10:00 AM Pitch Clinic
12:00 PM Lunch
12:30 PM Hacking Ends
1:00 PM Final Pitching to Judges
2:00 PM Judges Deliberate
2:30 PM Announcement of Hackathon Winners
2:45 PM Closing Remarks
Social Isolation, Aging, and Technology is our theme for this dual-city hackathon. Social isolation affects many people, particularly the aged, and links with the Tech for good theme for the True North conference. The hackathon aim is to break down barriers to healthcare innovation by bringing together healthcare professionals, IT, designers, policy analysts, students, patients and entrepreneurs to collaborate, dream up & create solutions to real-world problems to improve healthcare. Read about the basics of Social Isolation here. These basics will help you frame the inspiration for your project.
What is Hacking Health?
Hacking Health is an international movement designed to improve healthcare by inviting technology creators and healthcare professionals to collaborate on realistic, human-centric solutions to front-line problems. It is a grass-roots, bottom-up movement. Learn more about Hacking Health.
Who can participate?
Anyone – you don’t have to be a developer to participate!
What if I don’t have a team?
There are many opportunities to meet potential team members, and connect a mix of skills to bring together a team in the first couple hours of the hackathon weekend.
Can I start before the event?
We understand that you are excited to solve problems but please refrain from developing the solution before the Hackathon. Feel free to ideate, design, post, update, review, join a project on Sparkboard once you’ve registered!
Are you interested in sponsoring our hackathon?
Hacking Health Waterloo is powered by an incredible group of sponsors. We’d love to have you join us! Take a look at our sponsorship package if you are interested in sponsoring our hackathon.
Will food and drinks be provided?
Breakfasts and lunches will be catered for you this weekend, together with a food truck on Friday evening. Bring a refillable water bottle. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
What should I bring?
Your laptop, charger, your ideas and a refillable water bottle.
Be sure to register officially here