Last weekend, Alex and I attended Canada's first healthcare-themed hackathon. Hacking Health took place at Thompson House on McGill University's campus and attracted around 200 participants including healthcare professionals and developers.
I was really impressed by the number of individuals from the healthcare sector who attended the event. The ratio seemed to be around 3:1 developers to healthcare professionals. There were also a lot of students from universities around Montreal, and result was a good mix of ideas and the technical know-how to carry them out.
Projects included mobile apps, community websites, Twitter bots, and even a Kinect application. There was a team from open data community that did an accessibility map for Montreal, and another that worked on a website listing with health violations.
Our project won the honourable mention for 'Best health education solution'.
Thanks so much to the organizers of the event! It was definitely insightful for developers and health care professionals alike.