Highlights from #HackForHealthcare

Kal Academy hosted our first hackathon this past Saturday at Startup Hall in Seattle. Healthcare is a topic that our team is very passionate about, and we feel very fortunate that over 100 participants chose to spend their Saturday with us to tackle 12 problems in healthcare!

Speakers & Partners: We are very grateful for our amazing speakers and partners without whom this hackathon would not have been possible: KenSci, David Talby (Atigeo), William Adams and LEAP Program at Microsoft, Avtar Varma (Elevar), Michael Maine, John Snow Labs, Socrata, InConsulting, Startup Hall, and Girls in Tech Seattle.

Kick off: The day kicked off with a healthy breakfast spread courtesy of InConsulting. When the doors opened at 9:30am, we were greeted by the smiley faces of our friends from Socrata. We had a full house, and Dr. Greg McKelvey Jr and Samir Manjure of KenSci kicked the day off with a moving presentation about the state of healthcare and the complexity of navigating care, both as a provider and as a patient.

Let the hacking begin! We split off into teams, and utilized every whiteboard and blackboard we could get our hands on. After hundreds of GitHub commits, teams started working on their pitches in the evening.

Wrapping it up: David Talby provided an inspiring closing presentation about the opportunities in healthcare: one stat that stood out for us was that healthcare fraud alone made up an industry the size of Facebook and Google combined!

The Health Insider team with judges and Kal

We were inspired by everyone’s creativity, passion, and collaborative spirit, but we only had prizes for 3 winning teams. The judges: Dr. Greg McKelvey Jr, David Talby, William Adams and Michael Maine, deliberated for a long time while participants mingled over supper.

In the end, these teams took home the awards but looks like everyone had fun (check out #HackForHealthcare for photos from participants):

  • Honorable Mention: RxReport (Lex Myers, Sally Mitrofanova, Goutham Reddy, Daniel Muldrew, Sawako Ishida, James Lee, Jenny Pollack, and Padmaja Jagan Mohan). RxReport tracks prescription drug use, reminds users if they miss a dose, and enables reporting of side effects and adverse reactions.
  • Third Place: Hapi (Brendan Fortuner). Brendan draws from his own experience with epileptic seizures to design Hapi, a Facebook chatbot that helps track seizures. This friendly little chatbot is awaiting Facebook review!
  • Second Place: Health Insider (Daniel Ehrman, Jennifer Wu, Heather Rodin, Kristin Helps, Amran Ahmed, Oana Patrascu, Kristen Thayer, Julian Loaiza, Melissa DeCapua) aggregates healthcare data for patients to make informed decisions based on costs, outcome, and average ratings.
  • First Place: Poddle Bop (Jackie Dilorenzo, Carrie Hickman, Nabanita De, Srida Mova, Jake Merz, Jade Watkins, Harit Kalathia) connects mental health patients and providers to make mental health diagnosis more data-driven.
Judges and the Poddle Bop team