Mental Health in Youth hackathon | Hacking Health Waterloo | True North Festival

St Paul's College, Waterloo
From Jun 5th 2020
To Jun 7th 2020
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We invite healthcare professionals, designers, patients, developers, innovators, students and entrepreneurs to take part in building useable solutions to frontline healthcare problems. Join us Friday, June 5 to Sunday, June 7 for Hacking Health Waterloo's Hackathon in conjunction with True North Festival taking place at St. Paul's College.

Why participate in the Hacking Health Hackathon and what to expect...

Our hackathons are a fun, hands-on, intense, 3-day hackathon that breaks down barriers to healthcare innovation in Kitchener-Waterloo. Our goal isn’t just to organize hackathons, it’s to have a long-term impact on our healthcare system. This hackathon in conjunction with True North Festival. We can’t wait to see you contribute to a hackathon project that can be brought to market for the benefit of communities everywhere - we have the resources to help you get there!

At the hackathon, teams will pitch ideas, get advice from experts and build solutions that can be integrated and implemented into our healthcare system. We are excited to see the projects you’re dreaming up come to life!

The hackathon rules/guidance will be posted here shortly.

Hackathon Schedule

Friday, June 5

5:00 - 6:00 PM Registration Opens, Food & Networking

6:00 - 7:00 PM Local speakers with mentors table available

7:00 - 7:15 PM Opening Ceremony

7:15 - 8:00 PM Pitch Clinic

8:00 - 8:30 PM 1-minute pitches

8:30 - 10:00 PM Team Formation & Networking

10:00 PM End of Day 1

Saturday, Jun 6

8:00 AM Breakfast

9:00 AM Hacking Starts

12:00 PM Lunch & Judging Criteria Presentation

1:00 PM Hacking

5:00 PM Dinner

9:00 PM End of Day 2

Sunday, June 7

8:00 AM Breakfast

9:00 AM Hacking

10:00 AM Pitch Clinic

12:00 PM Lunch

12:30 PM Hacking Ends

1:00 PM Final Pitching to judges

2:00 PM Judges Deliberate

2:30 PM Announcement of Hackathon Winners 

2:45 PM Closing Remarks

2019 Theme

Mental health in youth is our theme for this dual-city hackathon. Mental health is a subject of particular concern to Waterloo Region, and links with the Tech for good theme for the True North Festival. The hackathon aim is to break down barriers to healthcare innovation by bringing together healthcare professionals, IT, designers, policy analysts, patients and entrepreneurs to collaborate, dream up & create solutions to real-world problems to improve healthcare. 

What is Hacking Health?

Hacking Health is an international movement designed to improve healthcare by inviting technology creators and healthcare professionals to collaborate on realistic, human-centric solutions to front-line problems. It is a grass-roots, bottom-up movement. Learn more about Hacking Health.

Who can participate?

Anyone – you don’t have to be a developer to participate! 

What if I don't have a team?

There are many opportunities to meet potential team members, and connect a mix of skills to bring together a team in the first couple hours of the hackathon weekend. 

Can I start before the event?

We understand that you are excited to solve problems but please refrain from developing the solution before the Hackathon. Feel free to ideate, design, post, update, review, join a project on Sparkboard once you've registered!

Are you interested in sponsoring our hackathon?

Hacking Health Waterloo is powered by an incredible group of sponsors. We'd love to have you join us! Take a look at our sponsorship package if you are interested in sponsoring our hackathon.

Will food and drinks be provided?

Breakfasts and lunches will be catered for you this weekend, together with a food truck on Friday evening. Bring a refillable water bottle. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know:

What should I bring?

Your laptop, charger, and your ideas!

Still, have questions? Send us a tweet, email or Facebook message and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

What are the judging criteria?

The judging criteria include:

Innovation potential

Impact of the project

Execution of the project

Design and user experience of the prototype

Presentation of the project

What is the ticket cancellation policy?

Cancelling your ticket? If you can’t attend, please let us know ASAP so we can refund you and give your spot to another person. There will be no refunds 7 days before the event, no-shows who don’t contact us 7 days in advance will not get refunded.

Terms & Conditions

By purchasing a ticket to Hacking Health, you agree to the following terms and conditions: I hereby grant Hacking Health permission to use my likeness in a video, photo or other digital reproduction in any and all of its publications, including website, without payment or any other consideration.

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