WA Health Hackathon 2022
8 - 18 August 2022
Driving Innovation in the WA Healthcare Ecosystem
The 2022 WA Health Hackathon will bring together a diverse group of data professionals, digital specialists and students to explore innovative digital and data-driven solutions to real world healthcare challenges. In partnership with various healthcare providers and research organisations we are developing a set of challenges paired with real-life specialised and open source datasets. Teams will come together over the course of ten days to explore the data, ideate solutions, develop concepts and pitch their solutions. They will be judged in two rounds by an expert panel based on the solution’s social impact, design principles, viability, innovation and scalability. Teams not only have the chance to win some fantastic prizes but will also be solving real-world healthcare challenges that have the potential to change how healthcare is delivered and make a real impact on the lives of those around us.
The winning team will receive a $5,000 cash prize thanks to our prize sponsors idoba, along with a prize package from Amazon Web Services. The top three teams will also take part in a mentoring workshop provided by Perth Biodesign.
WADSIH is also committed to supporting teams interested in progressing their challenge after the hackathon and will facilitate information sessions and connections with relevant support channels to provide an ideal launch pad for whatever stage teams are at.
WADSIH is proud to deliver this event in conjunction with MTPConnect WA Life Science Innovation Hub and with our event sponsors Amazon Web Services, idoba, Perth Biodesign, Spacecubed and Event Supporters Telethon Kids Institute and the UWA Data Science Club.
Registrations close 5.00pm Friday 22 July 2022.
What will the Health Hackathon involve?
Several events will take place throughout the hackathon, some of which will be compulsory for hackathon participants to attend and others that are optional.
View the full program HERE.
Further information and registration details will be provided directly to Health Hackathon participants.
Participating in the Health Hackathon
To participate in the Health Hackathon you must be based in Perth, Western Australia and be able to attend (at a minimum) the collaboration sessions, round one pitches and the final pitch night (for the top five teams). Whilst not compulsory, we highly recommend you attend the Launch and Orientation session and take part in the upskilling events.
Who should take part?
- Do you have capabilities in data analysis, predictive modelling, natural language processing, automation, digitisation, data visualisation, software development or other data and digital skillsets?
- Are you a data or digital professional or student? You don’t need experience in the health care sector, in fact, data professionals outside of the sector are strongly encouraged to participate.
- Are you an aspiring entrepreneur wanting to test their skills on challenges and datasets that have the potential to create real-world impact and improve the lives of those around us?
If you answered yes to the above, then you are a perfect candidate for the Health Hackathon.
As a participant you have the added benefit of connecting with likeminded individuals and learning more about opportunities for innovation in the WA healthcare sector. Hackathons are excellent opportunities to meet new people, challenge yourself and grow your skills.
Participants will be placed in teams of between three to five people. For those wanting to create their own team, each member must register separately and quote the agreed team name when registering. Registering to participate in the Hackathon will confirm your attendance at the collaboration sessions. There will be separate opportunities for you to register for the launch event and upskilling sessions.
Register now HERE. Participation registration closes COB Friday, 22 July 2022.
You can view the terms of participation HERE.
Selecting a Challenge
Together with our partners, we have curated a set of broadly defined challenges. Details of each challenge can be viewed below:
- Challenge 1 – Automated Hospital Capacity Management
- Challenge 2 – Earlier Sepsis Detection
- Challenge 3 – Improving Outcomes for People with Hearing Loss
- Challenge 4 – Optimising Community Healthcare Appointments
- Challenge 5 – Improving Delivery of Mental Health Initiatives
We have purposely been ambiguous with how to approach these challenges and have placed more focus on defining the problem we hope to see solved. We do this to encourage as much innovation and novelty as possible. The suggested approaches are by no means prescriptive and are only included to start ideas flowing as to what may be possible. Your proposed solution may include some or none of these proposed approaches.
Once registered, teams will receive further information on how to choose a challenge. Challenges will be open for selection at 9am on Monday, 25 July 2022. There will be a cap on the number of teams that can work on any particular challenge with selection occurring on a first-come first-served basis. We suggest developing a priority list of challenges you are interested in tackling prior to the challenge selection date. If you are particularly interested in a specific challenge make sure you are ready to select your challenge at 9.00am on 25th July so you don’t miss out.