On April 10-12, the VA Center for Innovation is collaborating with Forge Health on the Health Innovation Challenge 2015 hosted by the Atlanta VA Medical Center. We’re bringing together inventive, forward-thinking minds to change the status quo of health care for our nation’s Veterans and their supporters. If you are a Veteran, caregiver, engineer, entrepreneur, clinician, designer or scientist, then come get involved and help drive much-needed innovations to influence VA healthcare and healthcare more broadly.
So, how does a health innovation challenge work anyways? This event is modeled after similar initiatives called ‘hackathons.’ It kicks off with speakers to help define the problem space and identify specific challenges to solve throughout the weekend. Following the speeches, participants “pitch:” they present different problems or need areas that impact the delivery of healthcare services to Veterans and other healthcare system stakeholders. We encourage all participants to pitch at the start of the event because it will help ignite the formation of teams around real need areas that impact our ability to serve our nation’s Veterans.
Participants will then have 36 hours to build solutions during an intense, non-stop, innovation sprint. To help build upon their ideas, teams get access to collaborative workspace, APIs, and software development kits. Experts and thought leaders serve as mentors as well. By weekend’s end, teams will have created initial demonstrations of their solutions, taking their first steps towards disrupting health care. Past teams at events just like this one have gone on to implement their innovations and found companies. They’ve accelerated new approaches and paradigm shifts in the delivery of healthcare services. If you want to see a similar healthcare innovation challenge event in action, check out this video from MIT Hacking Medicine.
So what are you waiting for? Apply to the hackathon now!
Interested in working with us on this event or future events? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.