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The Cleveland Medical Hackathon FAQs


What is the policy on Intellectual Property?

The Cleveland Medical Hackathon, like most hackathons, is an IP free zone. That means that all ideas and solutions are share freely. Teams are free, and encourage, to continue the develop ideas after the hackathon as they wish.

Who can participate?

We are encouraging a wide range of participants including programmers, developers, designers, clinicians, patient advocates, researchers and entrepreneurs. The success of a medical hackathon depends heavily on a good mix of people with medical and technological expertise.

Is there an age restriction?
We do not have an age restriction, however, participants will be evaluated on their expertise and abilities.

What is the focus of this hackathon?
This hackathon aims to tackle challenges posed by the rapidly evolving world of data collection in healthcare. From wearable devices to large amount of data collected on large populations, healthcare caregivers can drown in information. The hackathon will look at the big problem with big data, and encourage solutions. Participants are encouraged to look at how information is not only collected, but how is it processed and used to improve care, reduce costs, and enhance overall experience.

Why are you doing this?
Northeast Ohio is at the epicenter of health reform; how do we deliver the best possible care with the best outcomes. Fostering a community of innovation around healthcare is the main goal of this hackathon. However, we also recognize that providing a frame of reference around a broad topic helps achieve that goal.

Why should I participate?
There are a few reasons why you should fit this event into your busy schedule. First, this is a chance to interact with world-class health delivery systems (Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Systems, and University Hospitals). You’ll also have a chance to interact with many healthcare technology suppliers that will be onsite. We’ll also be announcing prizes for winners as we get closer to the event.

How does this work exactly?
Using this basic framework of tackling challenges posed by the rapidly evolving world of data collection, participants in the Hackathon can come to the event with a basic kernel of an idea, pose a challenge, or present a technology. Teams can form at the event around these ideas and move ahead with creating solutions.
After approximately 24 hours, teams will be asked to present their solutions to a panel of judges. Projects will be evaluated not only on creativity and execution, but how well the project met the goals of this hackathon: how technology and innovation can help us leverage big data in big ways.

When does the hackathon start and end?
We are working on the final logistics, but the event will begin Saturday morning, and extend into Sunday morning for judging and award presentations. The plans are for the Global Center for Health innovation to be open during the entire 24-hour period of time.

Where is the event? Where do I sleep?

We have partnered with the Global Center for Health Innovations as well as many of the current tenets in the space. We will have many options for teams to retreat-off, code and collaborate, as well as opportunities to interact with many of the leading technology companies who will be present during the event. Food, restrooms and quiet areas will be available for sleeping, but giving the excitement of the event, you won’t need to.