Code-a-Thon Offers Prizes, Chance to Improve Residents’ Health



Wanted: tech-savvy teams and individuals with brilliant ideas for using regional health data to engage the public through mobile and/or web-based technology.

Reward: $20,000 in cash prizes for the top five software tools created.

The Challenge: develop your winning design or tool over two days – this Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23.

Sound appealing? Then register for this weekend’s Code-a-Thon, a sprint over two days to design the most engaging tool such as a program or application to make health data accessible and meaningful to policy makers and residents. The goal is to support planning efforts and inspire residents to lead healthier lives based on their understanding of the health of their communities.

The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is partnering with the California HealthCare Foundation and Health 2.0 to host the Code-a-Thon this weekend.

“There is a lot of data about health-related issues we make available to the public now,” said HHSA Director Nick Macchione. “But our challenge to participants is to take that available data and develop a tool or application that inspires action, from policy development to personal lifestyle choices.”

Educating residents to make healthy choices is one of the primary goals of Live Well San Diego, the County’s ongoing initiative to improve the health and safety of residents.

Although it’s called Code-a-Thon, participants do not need to actually know how to write code and develop an application. Participants with backgrounds in business, strategic planning, design, data management, health care and other related fields are invited to participate and submit designs.

The County’s partnering sponsors have committed $20,000 in cash prizes for the top five software tools created. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The location is the Campus Center Chambers and Commons Café at the County Operations Center, 5520 Overland Drive, San Diego 92123.

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