Published: 30 October 2015

Hackathon on children’s health

Institute in the Park

The North West Coast Academic Health Science Network (NWC AHSN) and Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust are hosting a ‘Hacking Children’s Health’ event at the Institute in the Park – the brand new centre for research, education and innovation at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital (image left).

The Hackathon will bring together around 200 participants from different professions to solve (or hack) problems. Challenges will be pitched by clinicians, healthcare professionals, patients and parents, and participants will form teams to find a solution to one of these challenges. The teams then pitch their solutions to a panel of judges, and they will mark the solutions on their commercial viability.

The two-day event is being held with a team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the NWC AHSN and will include researchers and students from regional, national and international partners, universities and innovators from the world of technology and business.

Engineers, coders, entrepreneurs, project managers, postgraduates, NHS professionals, IT technicians, venture capitalists and industrial designers are just a few of the contributors being sought for the event.

The event will be held on Wednesday, 18 November 9am – 6:30pm and Thursday, 19 November 9am – 4pm.

There are 100 places available. To apply for a place, please visit:

The deadline for entries is Friday, 6 November when applications will be reviewed by Alder Hey and the NWC AHSN.

For further information about what to expect please view the MIT Hacking Medicine video here.

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