Health Hack the Planet: Japan’s Upcoming Code-a-thon

Health 2.0 and the Health 2.0 Fukushima Chapter are proud to announce the next competition in the Developers World Cup series: The Health 2.0 JAPAN Hackathon. On February 21st and 22nd, Health 2.0 will host this inaugural event at Nihon University in the Fukushima prefecture (map) in conjunction with Medical Creation Fukushima Exhibition and the Health 2.0 Fukushima Chapter Meeting.

The Health 2.0 Developers World Cup is an international innovation competition to improve the technology supporting our world’s healthcare systems. Through our local chapters, Health 2.0 invites teams to use the growing number of open health datasets and APIs now being made available to rapidly prototype health related applications for the chance to win prize money and international visibility. The first place winners of each local code-a-thon will be flown to San Francisco to face-off against other finalist teams at the 6th Annual Fall Health 2.0 Conference for the Developers World Cup title. Regional competitions are being held in New Delhi, New York, Amsterdam, Austin, Boston, Russia, China and Washington DC.

We’re particularly excited to see the results of this regional competition given the increasing popularity of hacking events in Japan. Hack For JAPAN, a series targeting solutions for disaster recovery after earthquakes, has established a strong community of developers ready to tackle big problems. With its more experienced teams, it will be interesting to see who Japan sends to the international finals in the Fall.

The competition has been divided into 3 categories because of the large number of innovators expected to attend. There will be a traditional Code-a-thon, a Design-a-thon, and an Ideathon. The Code-a-thon will center around disaster recovery services, smartphone use and Osirix applications. The Design-a-thon will focus on improving breast cancer exams and 3D virtual animations to improve patient-doctor communication. Finally, the Ideathon will look at how to improve healthcare for disaster victims, remote populations and healthcare recovery in Fukushima.

Registration is filling up quickly and there are only a few more days left to sign up. You can learn more about the event and register HERE but we recommend that you first fire-up Google Translate if your kanji is a little rusty.

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