Health 2015

May 1st–3rd, 2015

  • Meals
  • T-shirt

The Event


Do you wish your interactions with our health system were up-to-par with the latest commercial apps and services? Do you envision a future where Philadelphia is once again the paragon of innovation it used to be? Even if all you have is an itch and no skills or know-how to scratch it, this is your chance to do something about it.

This event will bring together healthcare enthusiasts, public health officials, technologists, community organizers, and civic-engagement experts for a weekend-long rapid prototyping session. Ideas presented and discussed at the preceding Friday night’s Community Needs Assessment provide a starting point for project ideas, but all ideas related to healthcare and are welcome. The only restriction is that all work done during the event must be released under an open-source or creative commons license.

With Philadelphia’s 2015 mayoral campaign at the forefront of most citizens’ minds, we are aiming to channel people’s frustrations around health into new collaborations and ideas. Nearly everything about how our city operates was established in an era where knowledge was moved around primarily by paper and bureaucracies — what would it look like reimagined with today’s technologies? Philly once revolutionized the world’s concept of city and we now have the opportunity to do it again. Today, Philadelphia is home to the ‘meds and eds’ with over 5 area medical schools, 80 hospital & treatment centers and over 900 million dollars in research and development spent in health care - Philadelphia & health are synonymous!


Register for the two parts of the hackathon separately on



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Friday, May 1st

@ Temple University School of Medicine - MERB Commons, 3500 N. Broad St, Philadelphia PA 19140

6:00–9:00pm Community Needs Assessment

This Friday night event will be open to all Philadelphians to come discuss how technology can improve healthcare in our city, generating project ideas for the Apps for Philly Health: Hackathon taking place over Saturday and Sunday.

Attendees will enjoy libations while hearing quick pitches from local organization representatives and fellow citizens about available data sets and known problems. Presented ideas will be posted along the walls and every attendee will be issued a number of “upvote” stickers to affix to their favorite ideas as they mingle around the room. New ideas can be posted by anyone at this time too.

Teams will be free to choose to work on whatever they want over the hackathon, but the posted ideas and votes they accumulate provide an easy starting point for building teams.

RSVP for this free event at

Saturday, May 2

@ Temple University School of Medicine (3500 N. Broad St, Philadelphia PA 19140)

09:00am Doors and registration open, breakfast and coffee served.

Walk around and look through the idea placards posted during last night’s community needs assessment and think about what you want to work on

10:30am Opening remarks

Hear an overview of the event and an introduction to civic hacking and hackathons

11:00am Team formation

Hang out next to the placard for your favorite project idea and discover who shares your interest

11:30am Hacking begins!

Find a spot to setup shop with your team and get started. Visit the mentor lounge at any time if you need guidance

01:00pm Lunch served

06:00pm Dinner served

10:00pm Doors closed for the night

Get some sleep!

Sunday, May 3

@ Temple University School of Medicine (3500 N. Broad St, Philadelphia PA 19140)

09:00am Doors open, breakfast and coffee served

01:00pm Lunch served

02:00pm Presentations begin

Present and/or demo your project to the experts panel and your co-hackers

05:00pm Doors closed

Data / Resources

New releases

The City has published and announced the 5 new datasets, they include:

Experts Panel

The hackathon will be concluded with each project presenting to the panel of experts for feedback and advice:


Who is Code for Philly?

Code for Philly is an open, nonprofit group that helps people in Philly work together to solve problems and improve life through technology. Some of us are programmers or designers, others are makers or problem solvers, a handful are urbanists or journalists, but everyone is a civic hacker. We believe in the power of knowledge — orchestrated by code — to drive transformative and sustainable change in cities. We don’t wait for permission to improve our city because it’s our home to improve. Inclusive, collaborative, and creative, our members develop diverse projects that take on some of Philly’s most pressing issues.

What is a Hackathon?

Simply put, and as the name might suggest, hackathons are hacking marathons. This means that we get together for a weekend to create new projects from the ideation stage to functional (or at least semi-functional) prototypes. It’s also a great excuse to eat food, drink lots of coffee, hang out with friends and meet new people. Friday night begins with a happy hour to socialize a bit and come up with a few project ideas based on problem statements and/or available data. Project ideas are posted along the walls and every attendee gets a number of “upvote” stickers to stick to their favorites as they mingle through the projects. On Saturday morning we hit the ground running with teams self-selecting around favored project ideas from the night before. Teams then have until Sunday afternoon to prototype a solution and put together a brief presentation to present to a panel of expert judges. The judges challenge teams to defend their ideas and award available prizes to the most fitting projects, but everyone is encouraged to continue their civic hacking efforts at the weekly Code for Philly hack nights.

Who Should Come? / What if I’m not a coder?

If you’re passionate about Philadelphia, if you think healthcare needs to be improved, and if you believe in the power of code to facilitate change, you should come! Civic hacking and hackathons benefit from participants of all types of backgrounds and levels of expertise. Technologists with advanced, professional skills can take the lead in project design and development. Intermediate and beginners take on tasks that support their learning and contribute to project advancement. Even those with no technological skills at all can play vital roles in researching, designing, goal directing and launching projects. Subject-matter experts are essential to the quality, sustainability, and scalability of a project. Content experts and partner organizations contribute extensive, nuanced knowledge of the subject matter; they help guide and structure a project so that it tackles key needs, creating the greatest possible impact.


Flagship sponsors


Food and Beverage sponsors

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