You are invited to the next hackathon from the Highground Hackers! This event is focused on Mental Health issues - finding creative solutions from the most creative minds in the Bay Area - yours!
When does it start?
9:00 on Saturday. There is a limited number of T-Shirts available at registration, so come on-time to claim yours!
I don't know anything about Mental Health, who's there to help?
We've got you covered! As with all of our hackathons, we take challenging issues and provide you with experts in the field to tackle them. For this challenge, the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), the leading academic institution on holistic Mental Health, will be on the ground as mentors, educators, and consultants to you as you build your solutions.
See below for introductory videos that will help.
Is there a prize?
Yes!! Hack for Good and Win CASH - $1,500!!
Our friends at the Technology Credit Union have generously sponsored a cash prize for the winning application developed. $1,500 for the winning hacker or team of hackers!!
Will there be food and drinks?
Yes!! Delicious food will be catered in - check out the menu. (If you have any special dietary needs, please come prepared. There is a Whole Foods on 4th Street, not far away.)
Can you help with transportation?
No, but Uber can!! Uber is sponsoring a discount for first time users. Go here with the PromoCode HighGroundHackathonSF
Are you using HackerLeague to manage projects?
Yes! After you have got your ticket, register here at Hackerleague for more information.
Where can I find more detailed information?
Bring your own project, or work directly with researchers, lecturers, and other experts to create real solutions to important issues. This is all brought to bare to enable you to build the most effective apps possible in what promises to be an exciting weekend.
The event is sponsored by Accenture and will be held at the Rackspace co-working space Geekdom, delicious food and drinks will be provided. You'll have power, wi-fi, and a great place to meet other hackers and build cool stuff.
To provide you with some background, CIIS have broken down the field into specific problem statements below. Leading up to the event, we will be adding introductory videos, the first of which are linked to below.
Example Problem Statements with Introductory Videos
Here is a list of the types of problems within the field of Mental Health where software engineering and social hacks can really help.
In many instances a suicide attempt is a call for help. We need mechanisms for immediate and human-powered crisis intervention.
2. Mental Health Assessment - Introductory Video
Children and adults who are in crisis need to be identified in order to be supported with help and services. Those who are un-identified risk falling through the cracks.
3. Trauma Response - Introductory Video
People who have experienced trauma tend to be hyper-alert to a repeat performance and create stories around an issue or person, hurting any chance of healing or release, and causing violent outbursts.
4. Violence Prevention in Youth - Introductory Video
In 2010, 1 in 6 youths reported being victims of violence online; 7% of teachers that year reported being physically attacked by students; that same year, 1 in 5 12 to 18 year olds reported the presence of gangs in their schools. There are a number of prevention strategies recommended that we will explore to prevent violence.
5. Mental Health and Gun Violence Reduction - Introductory Video
20% of the American population seek mental health help relating to stress, sleep deprivation, depression. Schizophrenia impacts approximately 1% of the population and can cause the sufferer to lose touch with reality and is terrifying for the victim. Bi-polar disease affects mood, energy, etc. Both of these conditions have treatments and medications available.
6. Mental Health and Data - Introductory Video
Data should not solely be considered as an archival entiy. A tremendous amount of data is generated in real time with each human interaction. This data, interpreted and drawn from human expressions, gestures, vocabulary, and tonality, etc. can be used to understand the state of the people engaged.
7. Domestic Violence
In some people anxiety can provoke an aggressive and violent response. Aggression and violence may not be "common" in those with anxiety, but they're very real and can be extremely problematic for those that suffer from them.
8. Isolation - Introductory Video
When a person is emotionally isolated, they keep their feelings completely to themselves, are unable to receive emotional support from others, “shut down” or feel numb, and cannot or do not communicate with others. Breaking a cycle of isolation is a difficult but necessary part of recovery from emotional distress.
9. Preventative Technology - Introductory Video
90% of all doctor’s visits are scheduled because of stress-related symptoms and over a million smartphones are activated each day. So, stress is at an all-time high and the ubiquity of smartphones has created a huge opportunity. Before stress becomes chronic, or triggers a more severe mental condition, how can we utilize existing systems or create new applications which help us live more balanced lives?
10. Inner Critic/Super Ego - Introductory Video
Super Egos are powered by aggression and can cause depression, low self-esteem, self-justified blaming that can lead to violence, isolation issues, narcissism and racism.
There will also be inspirational talks at the event for a quick break from the keyboard.
Merlin’s New iPhone: New Inventions Meet Old Tales
Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.
Department Chair, East-West Psychology
California Institute of Integral Studies
A new device doesn’t drop into the world entirely premade, but packed with ancient images, stories, and bits of lore. Attend this presentation to hear some parallels between the technologies of today and the ancient myths that foreshadowed them. Consciousness of the fantasies that cling to our machines could make the difference between owning and being owned by them, loss of human potential and its amplification into possibilities for a bright new future.
Craig Chalquist, PhD is department chair of East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. A lecturer and graduate instructor, he has also written several books on the intersections between mind, myth, culture, and world.
Meg Jordan, PhD, RN, CWP
Department Chair, Integrative Health Studies
California Institute of Integral Studies
An inescapable paradox of the 21st century is that the faster we go, the more we rely on presence as the quality that gets us by. Yet how do you cultivate crazy-slow wisdom in an accelerated era? Can the pressure for higher performance and productivity co-exist with the essential human desires for happiness, contentment and social belonging? This presentation on Human Flourishing will explore the relationship between mental activity and physiological responses, and review recent neuroscientific findings that prove the power of positivity.
High Functioning Teams
Rebecca Elliott, MA
Executive Coach and Consultant
High functioning work teams sometimes just happen, and great things are accomplished. Personalities seem to click. Other times it’s hard to get where another is coming from, and the disconnects can impede progress. What gives? We’ve heard of introverts and extraverts, but psychoanalyst Carl Jung develops this with 4 primary versions of introverts and extraverts. With an easy way to visually remember basic personality distinctions, this presentation reveals how the types see each other, leading to “aha” understandings, cultivating stronger communications and interpersonal effectiveness.
When & Where
The Highground Hackers is a group of civic minded developers, technology executives, entrepreneurs, and investors working to connect engineering talent with non-technical experts in different fields of public concern.
Our mission is to ameliorate specific public issues by developing and deploying technology-based solutions, each built to address different facets of a target problem.
The goal is to facilitate and nurture the development of products and to deliver them quickly and efficiently into the hands of those that need them.
We do this by organizing uniquely structured Hackathons that bring together the brightest of engineering minds and experts in the target field of public concern. We nurture selected technologies and teams to deliver finished products by connecting engineers, products, investors and users within an incubation ecosystem.