Our self-proclaimed office datahead and Director of Strategy and Insight, Alex, took on the role of mentor at last weekend’s Hack4Health event held at the Open Data Institute (ODI blog report here). His team used GP prescription data to develop a project aimed at understanding variations in prescribing rates and were joint winners in the ‘Best Use of Open Data’ category.
Hack4Health brought together over 40 developers, designers, academics, and other health and fitness enthusiasts (queue Alex). The aim was to utilise new datasets and turn ideas into innovative apps, websites or projects, and ultimately ‘startup’ some startups. NHS Choices, The Care Quality Commission and Patient Opinion were among those who provided datasets for the weekend, whose joint organisers included our friends over at Healthbox and Coadec.
The next Hackathon is due to take place at the ODI on the 17/18th November and is concentrating on ‘midata’.