Health Hack-A-Thon

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Communities Creating Solutions

A Hack-A-Thon is an event focused on action-oriented innovation for the future of Health. The SOAR Appalachian Health Hackathon was modeled after MIT's Hacking Medicine Programwhich helps develop solutions to some of the toughest problems in medicine. This event was the first of its kind in Kentucky.  While Appalachia Kentucky faces many challenges, bringing communities together to create innovative solutions is the key. This was a three day event held at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, KY on October 6th - 8th, 2016. 


The Ignite Sessions and Reception was open to the public. In addition to our featured speakers, we had 10 Ignite presenters, who had 5 minutes to tell thier stories and successes. Ignite's moto is "Inspire us, but do it quickly!"

  • DAY 2: Problem pitches & team forming

The participents pitched problems and teams formed to create innovative solutions around solving issues around obesity, diabetes, and substance use disorder.

  • Day 3: solutions

Teams present their ideas to Judges. The winners received  prize money and recognition for thier innovations.

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