athenahealth and Hacking Medicine team up for May hack-a-thon!

We are proud to announce a joint hack-a-thon between athenahealth and Hacking Medicine! The goal of this event is to bring together inventive, forward-thinking minds to change the status quo and create disruptive solutions in healthcare today. If you are an engineer, entrepreneur, physician, designer, or scientist, then come get involved to help drive the much-needed change in healthcare.

To participate, apply now through the following application, which can be found here. Bring your skills, your ideas, or both. We're selecting 120 people just like you.

End the weekend with a team, cash prizes, and a hack on its first steps towards disrupting healthcare. Past teams at hack-a-thons just like this one have gone on to found companies, enter business plan competitions, and secure venture funding.

The hack-a-thon will take place over the weekend from May 3rd – 5th. The weekend will kick-off with a social event to meet the other attendees (and free apps!) at Mead Hall located in Kendall Square in Cambridge. The hack-a-thon will start on Saturday and will take place at athenahealth located at 400 Arsenal St in Watertown, MA. athenahealth is PAYING for attendees to take cabs to and from the event (if you are accepted, more details on this will follow). In addition, the entire event is free with breakfast, lunch, and dinner all weekend and Goodwin Proctor is sponsoring the prize money for the event. Please see the agenda below for more details about the logistics for the event.

This hack-a-thon is part of athena’s “More Disruption Please” (MDP) innovation and partnership program that targets like-minded innovators, entrepreneurs, companies, investors, and individuals who share our vision of making health care work as it should through openness and connectivity of disruptive solutions. We know we can't innovate everything on our own and look to find other disruptive technologies that advance our mission. Through MDP, athenahealth is making significant strides to open athenaNet to an increasing number of partners, and together, launch a massive surge of disruptive innovation in healthcare IT.

Thank you!
The Hacking Medicine Team & athenahealth

Friday, May 3rd: Kickoff Social Event
Location: Mezzanine level of Meadhall; 4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA
Time: 7 – 10 PM
Saturday, May 4th: Day 1 of Hack-a-thon
Location: athenahealth, 400 Arsenal St, Watertown Ma (athena will pay for cabs with a certain distance to and from their facilities. More details to follow if you are accepted)
9:00am – 10:00am Breakfast served
10:00am – 10:30am Kick-off & Opening Speakers
10:30am – 11:00am Idea Pitches
11:00am+ - 9PM Break into teams and hack! (Lunch and Dinner will be served)

Sunday, May 5th: Day 2 of Hack-athon
Location: athenahealth, 400 Arsenal St, Watertown Ma
9:00am – 10:00am Breakfast served
10:00am – 10:30am Hacking resumes
6:00pm – 7:00pm Team pitches
7:00pm – 7:30pm Judging & Winners Announced!

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  • Phil

    Got plans on Sat =/ Maybe next time

    May 3

  • Jason Pramas

    so let me get this straight ... a bunch of you are about to "help" one of the constellation of healthcare corporations that are making sure Americans remain stuck with a broken market-based profit-driven health system - which no amount of "innovation" can possibly fix (unless by "fix" you mean "more efficiently transfer public funds into private hands while pushing the number of Americans without healthcare skywards") ... and you're doing it as volunteers? for a corporation with a claimed 2012 revenue of $422 million? well, that's a bird of a different feather ... good thing that athenahealth apparently beat that 2010 class action suit on securities fraud, right? [and, yes, I see that this hackathon is part of this "More Disruption Please" Amazon-like partners program and that they're mouthing language about open tech or whatever ... but at the end of the day you all are still doing free work for a corporation in exchange for ... what exactly?]

    May 2

    • Kat

      Not all hackathons are designed to benefit nonprofits or underserved communities. Jason, if you are interested in organizing a hackathon to help a cause you care about, let me know, and I'll pass the word along to other people who might be interested in attending.

      May 2

    • Jason Pramas

      thanks, Kat ... as we approach the next Digital Media Conference in October, I'll flag your network to see if they want to put something together with the people running our Grassroots Use of Technology track ... but again, my question above is about this particular network and the events it backs (in a political context I won't bother to reiterate) ...

      May 2

  • Judy Ngai

    Hello is rsvp enough, where is the application?

    April 26

  • Jonathan Barronville

    I don't know much about healthcare, but I hope that I'll be able to find someone to work with who can provide that kind of knowledge while making use of my engineering skills so that we can build something awesome. [;)].

    1 · April 25

  • Justin Carroll

    I'm confused about this event... is there a link I am not seeing to more details? Example: "athenahealth is PAYING for attendees to take cabs to and from the event (if you are accepted, more details on this will follow)"

    Where is this 'application' for acceptance? What are the types of projects that come out of this event, etc? I'm interested but not sure about what's going on? Anyone have more details they can point me to?

    April 27

  • Zen Chu

    A bunch of us from MIT and MGH will be there!

    April 22

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