Announcing the California Health Data Project: #HackforHealthFresno

Connor Alstrom, Health Data Ambassadors, Fresno

Join Us on the National Day of Civic Hacking — June 6th for the California Health Data Project: #HackforHealthFresno

The National Day of Civic Hacking is just around the corner (June 6) and I am happy to announce that Fresno will be participating for the first time in an annual hackathon that looks to “improve our communities and the governments that serve them.” Fresno’s Hack for Health is going to be hosted at Fresno’s own Bitwise Mural District, to create apps or visualizations that utilizes the State of California’s Health Data to improve the Valley’s health. Civic hackers, technologists, programming wizards are invited to form teams and compete for $10,000 in seed funding for new ideas and tools leveraging health data for Fresno!

A number innovative health tools have already been developed with the State’s Open Health Data such as WICit which helps families easily find out where WIC (a federally-funded health and nutrition program for women, infants, and children) is accepted. Other examples of health data being used to improve government services, include EBT Near Me, interactive map of measles immunization rates for kindergarteners, and Chicago’s Flu Shot Finder.

We need you to help take Fresno to the next level!

There all kinds of data sets available on the state’s portal that could be the backbone for the next civic tech app, such as Infant Mortality Rates, Chemicals in Cosmetics and Surgical-Site Infections there are many more to come including Obesity by Age Groups, Diabetes Prevalence and Treatments, and Food Illness Outbreak Response Data.

Hack for Health is sponsored by the California HealthCare Foundation’s Free the Data Initiative as part of its community pilot program, Bitwise Industries and Fresno State’s Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Event Details: Date: Friday June 5–6th, 2016

Location: Bitwise Mural District

2210 San Joaquin St

Fresno, CA 93721

The public is welcome Friday night (June 5) from 5–7pm as part of the monthly Geeknight for food and beer. Saturday at 6pm the public is invited back for a Barbeque and then to see the creations!


  • First place will win $8,000 dollars!
  • Second place will receive $1,500 and tickets to see Steve Wozniak on October 8!
  • Third place will receive $500 and Bitwise t-shirts!

Health for Hack Schedule and Agenda:

Hack for Health will kick-off at 6pm at Bitwise Mural District with a panel of health experts from the Fresno area such as representatives from the Fresno County Department of Public Health, US Script, and Community Hospitals who will articulate what health gaps they see in Fresno.

After their short presentations and Q/A session, hackers will be set loose for 24 hours to create an app or visualization that puts the State’s Health Data to work for Fresnans.

Just as the dust starts to settle from their 24 hour sprint, the teams will demonstrate their creations to a panel of judges familiar with Fresno’s needs. The judges will decide who translated the State’s Health Data most meaningfully and completeness of the app.

I am also extremely excited to announce that Hack for Health will act as a kickoff for the start of a Code for America Brigade here in Fresno! Stay in touch @CAHealthData and subscribe to our blog!