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Almost 90% of adults struggle with complex health information. This is because most health information is presented in ways that make it hard to understand and use. People of color, older adults, and people with poor health status struggle the most with finding and understanding health information.
It doesn't have to be this way! Health information should be understandable, accessible, and convenient.
What is the health lit hackathon?
This fall, the 2nd annual Health Literacy Hackathon will challenge participants to create a technology-driven tool to improve how people understand and use health information.
It could be an app, a website, an interactive online tool, a media campaign, or something else! Inspiration and examples will be provided. A theme will be announced before the event.
Tools don’t need to be fully developed or complete, but presentations should include a plan for how the project could be implemented and launched. Participants will keep intellectual property rights to anything they create during the hackathon.
$500 in prize money will be awarded! Tools will be judged based on creativity, usability, feasibility, and best use of technology.
Who should attend the hackathon?
If you are a:
- Graphic or web designer
- Web or software developer
- Public health advocate
- Person who’s passionate about health 2.0 or new technologies
Then this event is for you! Five College students, staff, faculty, and community members of all experience levels are welcome.
Participants will compete in teams of 3 to 5 people. You can register as a member of a group or as an individual. We’ll match individuals up with a group at the event.
When is it?
Saturday November 2nd and Sunday November 3rd, 2012. We'll kickoff Saturday morning, and present projects Sunday afternoon.
Schedule (Subject to change)
Saturday November 2nd:
9:00 am Registration and Breakfast
9:30 am Welcoming Remarks
10:00 am Creative Connections activity/Team formation
10:30 am Start hacking!
12:30 pm Lunch & team activity
1:00-6pm Work time
Sunday November 3rd:
9:30 am Breakfast & Work time
12:00 pm Lunch
12:30 pm Presentations & judging
3:00 pm Event finishes
Where is it?
Hampshire College, Franklin Patterson Hall, Faculty Lounge
826 West St, Amherst, MA
What is Health Literacy?
Health literacy is the capacity to find, understand, and use the basic health information and services to make everyday health decisions.
- The Creativity Center
- The School of Cognitive Science
- Culture Brain and Development Program (CBD)
How much does it cost to participate?
It's free, but we strongly encourage you to register so we know how much food to order!
What do I need to bring?
Bring your creative ideas, questions and passion for public health. You'll also want to have: a laptop computer, notebooks, sketch pads, and pens.
Who owns what we make?
You keep all the rights to anything you produce at the hackathon.
Where can I park?
Check out this map of the building location and parking lots: http://a.tiles.mapbox.com/v3/mollymcleod.map-ggh1n21y/page.html#17/42.32305/-72.52996
I have another question.
Use the Eventbrite "Contact the Organizer" button above.
- Jonathan Lash, President, Hampshire College
- Lee Spector, Computer Programming Professor, Hampshire College
- Jordan Perry, Director of Health Promotion, Hampshire College
- Liz D’Aloia, Founder of HRVirtuoso
- Xanthi Scrimgeour, Chief Innovation Officer, CommunicateHealth
When & Where
CommunicateHealth & Trext
CommunicateHealth is an award-winning team of content and usability experts dedicated to designing better health information. We’ve helped dozens of government agencies, nonprofits, and start-ups make health information easier to understand and use. Learn more at: communicatehealth.com
Trext is a startup consisting of Hampshire and Amherst alumni. Our idea originated at an MIT hackathon! Our software empowers non-programers to design interactive, automated text message conversations. Learn more at http://trext.me/