Ann Arbor Health Hacks Weekend
June 23-25 @ The University of Michigan
Calling All Hackers, Geeks, Makers, Health Workers and People with a Passion to Make Things Happen!
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.
Why are barriers an issue?
Health improves the condition of the human body. There have been developments in healthcare, but people around the world who would benefit from them have trouble connecting with these solutions. Barriers can mean not getting the healthcare you need, getting that care too late, or even not getting follow-up to maintain health. This includes, but is not limited to, affordability, physical access, transportation, lack of quality care, limited supplies, inability to leave work, improper preventive care, and lack of care professionals.
You take action at A2 Health Hacks
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.