What is A2 Health Hacks?
In 2014, investors pumped $6.5 billion into 459 health technology startups across the US, many of which originated at hackathons. Traditionally a hackathon is where a large group coders come together to collaborate in order to create usable software or ideas. We’ve turned this idea on its head and bring together hackers, makers, entrepreneurs, and healthcare professionals to build on everyone’s collective knowledge and experience in order to tackle some of the industry’s most complicated issues.
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Designers, Engineers, Crafters, & Builders
It’s not always about inventing something new or solving problems through software. Many of today’s healthcare problems are caused because not everyone thinks about the end user when developing solutions. Maybe it’s about rethinking the approach for a process, engineering new physical prototypes, or redesigning someone’s DIY efforts to reach a larger audience. Makers have a unique way of approaching the world’s problems and what better way to have an impact than on healthcare issues!
Hackers, Coders, Developers, & IT
We need anyone involved in programming and software development to help make this event successful! It’s not just about knowing the problems the healthcare industry faces, but understanding the capability of technology to solve problems. Help us think outside the box and reframe issues into problems that can be solved through the development of innovative software or programing.
Medical, Academic, Social Health, Policy, & Public Health
Healthcare experts may be the biggest link to making our event a success. Without truly understanding the issues and hurdles the healthcare industry faces, it’s almost impossible to find the best way to address these. Without those who are investing in this world day in and day out, technology could be built with only half of the picture resulting in subpar results or solutions.
Business Experts, Administrators, Finance, & Contractors
Healthcare solutions always sound amazing and begin with good intentions, but can quickly lose focus because of difficulties scaling up and implementing. Entrepreneurs can help ensure that ideas are economically feasible and presented in a way that would garner support from backers.
Don’t feel like you fit into any of these categories? That’s fine!
Tell us what skills you bring and why you’re passionate about healthcare. Everyone has something to contribute!
- Sponsorship Lead: The Sponsorship Lead would help develop funding strategies and coordinate outreach to sign sponsors for annual events and happy hours. Activities include updating sponsorship tiers, managing outreach to key partners and sponsors, and cultivating new relationships through networking events.
- Operations Team Member: The Operations Team manages logistics of throwing the annual hackathon. Activities include renting a location, hiring caterers, printing handouts, announcing event details over slack, and developing a budget to run the event.
- Community Outreach Team Member: The Community Outreach Team recruits participants and coordinates volunteers and mentors for the annual event and monthly events. Activities include holding monthly events, managing volunteer lists, keeping track of Michigan events that overlap with our focus in health, tech, and entrepreneurship, scheduling mentors and volunteers for annual event, and registering participants.
- Communications Team Member: The Communications Team manages social media, website and newsletters to ensure there is relevant and interesting content to our audience. Activities include organizing monthly happy hours, ensuring new blogs are posted and website is current, posting to social media, and sending out monthly newsletters.
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