Hackathon focuses on healthcare challenges

2019 September — Interested in finding ways to solve some of society’s most pressing healthcare challenges? Head to this Friday’s kickoff to the second annual Victoria Health and Regenerative Medicine Hackathon.

During the hackathon, interdisciplinary teams will develop innovative technological solutions to real challenges posed by the local health sector. Last year’s event was extremely successful, attracting about 90 participants, including UVic students from several faculties, nurses, doctors and industry representatives.

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A team presents its solution during the 2018 health hackathon.

During the event, teams work for 24 hours to solve one of five health problems. Because health-related projects tend to be complex, the health hackathon lets teams work on their challenges for a month leading up to the 24-hour hacking session, during which they nail down their idea.

Students and professionals from all backgrounds are welcome. No experience is required for this free event – just an interest in healthcare.

“The goal of the hackathon is to produce viable solutions that ultimately could be implemented in industry,” said event organizer Dr. Stephanie Willerth, acting director of the faculty’s Biomedical Engineering program. “It’s an opportunity to create something innovative as part of an interdisciplinary team, and a great way to network and gain experience.”

To learn more, check out the hackathon Kickoff Event, where the health challenges will be revealed and teams will be organized:

Kickoff Event
Friday, Sept. 6, 2019
6 pm – 8 pm
UVic’s Engineering and Computer Science Building (ECS), Room 660

The 24-hour hackathon will take place from Friday, Oct. 4, at 6 pm through Saturday, Oct. 5, at 6 pm. Team presentations, judging and an awards ceremony – with cash prizes – follows on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 10 am.

Register at the kickoff event on Sept. 6 or on the BCRegMed website.

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