Healthcare in Newfoundland and Labrador. Anyone in this province will tell you that there are areas of improvement in this sector. And in the face of an aging population and high rates of obesity, there has been no better time to connect healthcare, technological, and business professionals together to identify our most pressing problems, and most promising solutions.
So how will these professionals be connected? Through a healthcare hackathon event called Hacking Health Café taking place at Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine on Tuesday, September 27 at 6:00 PM! This event is one of more than ten Hacking Health Café events happening across Canada this fall and winter, organized by international non-profit Hacking Health.
Hacking Health began in Toronto in 2012 that has since expanded to include over 37 chapters, including St. John’s, across 5 continents. So far, over 600 projects have been launched through Hacking Health events by over 7600 participants, a staggering number considering Hacking Health’s relatively short history.
So what exactly is Hacking Health, and how do they help solve problems in the healthcare space across the world? We’ll let Hacking Health itself answer that question:
This Hacking Health Cafe event is being hosted by Hacking Health and MUN’s Faculty of Medicine, along with support from Genesis, the provincial government, and a multitude of other Memorial Faculties and Centres, including the Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Business, and Faculty of Engineering. These organizations will collaborate to identify potential problems in the NL healthcare environment, and will form teams to attempt to find a first draft solution to those problems in just a few hours.
The most important aspect of this event is the connections forged, not just with professionals, but also with the public! This event is open to the public, and the organizers and participants are excited to welcome members of the public to visit, view, and engage! So come one, come all, to the Memorial Faculty of Medicine, and become a part of the international Hacking Health movement!