UoN Student Teams win >$120k incentives in local Hackathon for new HealthTech ventures
Media Release: Thursday, 21 April 2016
Students, UoN Alumni and Tech Industry professionals from local and international firms converged at University of Newcastle’s Auchmuty Library on 15-17Apr2016 to participate in a locally designed and run Hackathon to simulate a Health Technology startup experience. In a Crucible + Catalyst event format, teams worked with platforms from Atlassian and IBM to develop new HealthTech ideas with the support of experienced mentors and UoN Alumni.
The winning team took home $1500 in cash and $120,000 in IBM service credits to pursue venture potential for their AnxietyData wearable integration using biodata from Microsofts Band to improve users personal health. Runners up were focussed on improving access to 3d-printed prosthetics for amputees; and nutrition support from IBMs ‘ChefWatson’ Artificial Intelligence platform.
Participants in the event went on a fast-learning curve as they dug deep into the APIs of leading edge platforms like IBMs Watson “Cognitive Computing’ infrastructure, Microsofts wearable Band and came up to speed on leading edge products from Atlassian to support their coding efforts and boost their career prospects.
Brian Hill, Event Designer, had this to say about this weekends event:
“UON has for many years developed a strong track record of producing medical and allied health professionals who do great work in regional, rural and remote Australia. It’s also gaining a strong reputation for quality ICT grads, who are getting snapped up by companies like Atlassian, rated as Australia’s Best Place to Work in 2015. As an Allied Health Professional, UoN Alumni and founder of a Tech consulting firm, I wanted to see what happens if we merge those capabilities in Health and ICT by giving students exposure to leading edge tech platforms, experienced mentors and a way of connecting to regional Australia to solve our most pressing population health challenges.
By using a Lifestyle Medicine focus, enabled by tech platforms and wearable technologies like FitBit or Apples ResearchKit and CareKit platforms, we are seeing how global scale health research and interventions are now possible. It’s up to nimble, emerging players like our local grads to see those possibilities and respond to them, with the chance to create their own tech products and ventures in our local ‘Ideas Boom’. I’m delighted to be putting this event on with Uni of Newcastle - the support of IBM, Atlassian, Blue Chilli, Laughing Mind and Forsythes Recruitment helped us put together a prize pool of more than $124,000 in startup support, which is humbling and gives our local grads a great kick-start in building their own ventures for local hi-tech options. It’s an important part of our local ‘Silicon Coast’ ecosystem initiatives and the broader development of a new technology-enabled economic base for the Hunter."
Event images are available at https://goo.gl/photos/w7WPHpjP8mL2PM4b9
For further information, contact:
Brian Hill (Event MC and Founder, Laughing Mind Pty Ltd) on 0414 430 450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org