April 13-14, 2012
$2,500 Grand Prize and five $500 Runner-Up Prizes!
This event is being managed by Health 2.0 and sponsored by:
♦ 1901 Group ♦ Altruista Health ♦ Cox Business ♦ HiMSS ♦
♦ Medical Facilities of America ♦ Montgomery County, VA Economic Development Department ♦ Rackspace ♦
♦ Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology ♦ Virginia Tech Entrepreneur Club ♦
The Hokie Health Code-a-thon 2012 will be a two-day coding competition, bringing together teams of student and professional developers to create innovative solutions to improve healthcare. This event has been developed in partnership with Health 2.0 and is part of the Health 2.0 Code-a-thon series, which includes a range of developer-focused events in the United States, Europe and Asia.
The winning project will receive $2,500 and five runner-up projects will receive $500 each.
WHY ROANOKE-BLACKSBURG, VA?
Roanoke – Blacksburg is a regional medical hub for Southwest Virginia and is fast becoming the hub for educating the next generation health care innovators. Led by Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic, the region is home to leading healthcare and educational organizations including the VTC Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The Region has been recognized by Forbes Magazine, Inc 500, and Wired Magazine as a hotbed for emerging technology companies with particular strengths in software and IT companies. The Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council leads the region’s technology community by promoting innovators and supporting entrepreneurs through networking events and peer forums, including a software developer peer forum and access to capital forum.
The Hokie Health Code-a-thon 2012 will leverage world-class student and professional software development talent with healthcare IT expertise to innovate and create solutions to healthcare problems.
The event will draw over 75 physicians, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, students and enthusiasts that want to change the world and improve healthcare – all during an intense and enjoyable 2 days of hacking, developing, innovating and creating. The event will feature a number of excellent tech talks and buzz-worthy speakers discussing cutting edge issues in technology. The event the will culminate in a judging session with the best creations taking home cash prizes of $5,000. The top team will be awarded $2,500 cash. The next five teams will each receive $500 cash.
HOW DO I REGISTER?
Registration is FREE using the form below. Seating is limited to 100 participants, so please register to reserve your seat today!
The conference hotel is the The Hilton Garden Inn, located at 900 Plantation Rd, Blacksburg, Virginia, 24060, (540) 552-5005. The hotel will provide conference rates for all attendees ($89/night) – please reference “RBTC” when reserving a room. Space is limited so please register ASAP! Reservations must be made by April 6th, 2012.
The event is hosted at TechPad, a technology co-working space in downtown Blacksburg focused on providing an open collaboration environment for software product companies. TechPad is conveniently located at 432 North Main Street, Suite 200, Blacksburg, Virginia 24060 (above PK's Bar and Grill).
First place will receive a $2,500 cash prize and five additional prizes of $500 each will be awarded.
- Aneesh Chopra, Innovation in Health IT
- Aneesh Chopra was the first American Federal Chief Technology Officer of the United States (CTO). Chopra previously served as Virginia’s fourth Secretary of Technology. Prior to his government service, Chopra was Managing Director for the Advisory Board Company, a health care think tank for hospitals and health systems.
- Eric Ries, Launching a Lean Startup (via Skype)
- Eric Ries is the creator of the Lean Startup methodology and the author of the popular entrepreneurship blog Startup Lessons Learned. He previously co-founded and served as Chief Technology Officer of IMVU. In 2007, BusinessWeek named Ries one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech and in 2009 he was honored with a TechFellow award in the category of Engineering Leadership.
- Gregory Downing, HHS
- Gregory Downing, D.O., Ph.D. is the Executive Director for Innovation in the Immediate Office of the Secretary at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). His primary responsibilities are focused on the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship activities across HHS. Prior to his arrival at HHS in 2006, Dr. Downing served at the National Institutes of Health since 1993 in research, policy, and program management roles. Dr. Downing earned his medical degree from Michigan State University and his Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Kansas..
- Matthew Holt, Commercialization in Health IT
- Matthew spent the 1990s learning from the best to be a health care futurist at Institute for the future, and a survey researcher at Harris Interactive. In the early 2000s he spent time at a PHR start-up, but since then he’s been the author of The Health Care Blog, and co-chairman of Health 2.0 - roles for which he was mostly self-taught! Health 2.0 is a conference, a community and an innovation network that showcases the leading advances in health information technology on the web, mobile and other unplatforms.
- Ashish Kachru, Altruista Health
- Ashish Kachru is the CEO of Altruista Health, a healthcare technology company that focuses on creating innovative clinical analytics and care-coordination solutions. In this role, Ashish has successfully led the evolution of the organization from start-up to expanding business in more than 10 U.S. states with millions of patients under management. Altruista’s GuidingCare platform today is broadly recognized as an innovative care management, care-coordination platform that integrates the various participants involved in the care of a member seamlessly and provides guidance that leads to better health outcomes for the patient. Prior to co-founding Altruista Health, Ashish served as the National Director for United Health Groups Business Risk Management (BRM) division. He also earned his MBA from The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and lives with his wife and daughter in Northern VA.
Coding Teams & Preparation:
Two-thirds of the attendees will be programmers. Teams can be formed at or prior to the Code-a-thon. There is time dedicated to team building and idea exploration on Friday. To qualify for the prize, the solution must be healthcare related using software as a solution. Those who wish to get a head start may look at any of the many healthcare IT coding challenges for inspiration. Yes, you may choose to work on one of these challenges as your entry in the Hokie Health Code-a-thon. Here are a few challenges:
Available Data: Federal Health Data
, Indivo X: Open Source Private medical record
Free parking for the event is available at the Blacksburg Baptist Church: 550 N. Main street. Corner of N. Main Street and Faculty Street. This is next to TechPad/PK’s. You are authorized to park in the lot as a participant of the event.
Friday, April 13:
- 1:30-2:00pm -- Registration and Welcome
- 2:00-2:10pm – Kick-off Remarks by Bob Summers, TechPad & Elizabeth Falcone, Senator Warner's Office
- 2:10-3:10pm – Session 1: Health IT Opportunity & Data
- 2:10-2:30 – Innovation in Health IT, Aneesh Chopra
- 2:30-2:50 – Big Data, Gregory Downing
- 2:50-3:10 – Commericialization, Mathew Holt
- 3:15-4:00pm – Session 2: Challenges from Providers
- 3:15-3:30 – Kay Hix & Steve Morgan, Carilion Clinic
- 3:30-3:45 – Terri Ripley, Centra Health
- 3:45-4:00 – R & D Team from Epic
- 4:00-4:30pm – Eric Reis: Launching a Lean Startup
- 4:30-5:00pm – Session 3: Innovators in the Market
- 4:30-4:45 – Peter Lazar, eBroselow
- 4:45-5:00 – Ashish Kachru, Altruista Health
- 5:00-11:00pm – Team Building
- 5:30 – Idea Presentations
- 6:30 – Pizza Party (sponsored by PK’s)
Saturday, April 14:
- 8:30am – Breakfast & Caffeine (provided by 1901 Group)
- Noon – Lunch (provided by Sharkeys)
- 3:00pm – Team Presentations (5 min pitch, 5 min Q&A)
- 5:30pm – Winners Announced