The "Health Hackfest" hackathon, held in Brussels and run over two days (June 4-5, 2014) was created for software developers, hardware hackers, designers, researchers, entrepreneurs, business developers and even healthcare professionals wanting to be a part of having a positive impact by helping to create future solutions for Healthcare.
By tapping into scores of API's and SDK's made available by health technology companies currently seeking to build developer communities and well over a hundred publically available APIs, developers can work together participants with other skills (design, user experience, hardware, user interface, and healthcare) to cultivate new ways of tackling old problems and brainstorming over two days to build new friendships, create new networks and most importantly, design new products and services.
The "Health Hackfest" will run alongside the World Research and Innovation Congress – Pioneers in healthcare.
Web and mobile-based devices are becoming increasingly important in diagnosis and treatment where a doctor is not immediately available; to demonstrate the effectiveness of these technologies, the Hackathon will bring together a wide array of people with multiple talent to address current healthcare challenges and present the results back to those attending the event.
This novel initiative is supported by W3C (The World Wide Web Consortium) who are currently working on semantic web standards, data storage and sharing.