Creative problem solvers sought for Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine Hackathon April 12-14 - March 22 deadline

Friday, March 22, 2019

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Christina VerHeul,, 509‑368‑6850


SPOKANE, Wash. - Washington State University's Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is seeking participants — students, patients, caregivers, health care professionals, computer programmers, software developers, business leaders and interested community members — for its second annual medical hackathon, April 12‑14. The event will focus on developing solutions to behavioral health challenges.


Sponsored by Northwest Farm Credit Services, the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine Hackathon is an intense, three‑day technology sprint in which attendees form teams, collaboratively identify and build technology solutions for health care challenges, and present their solutions to a panel of judges for prizes.


The event will kick off on Friday evening with brief presentations from local experts and mentors about the behavioral health crisis, and team formation. Teams will reconvene on Saturday morning and work through the day and night to develop their unique solutions, then present to the expert judging panel on Sunday morning. Food and beverages from some of Spokane’s best‑known food trucks and caterers will keep participants fueled throughout the event, and prizes for the top solutions will be awarded.


Applications are due March 22 and up to 100 individuals will be selected to participate. There is no cost to apply or participate in the hackathon. Free lodging at homestay family homes will be available to nonlocal student participants on a first‑come, first‑served basis.


For more information and to apply to participate, visit the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine 2019 Hackathon website.


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