The 2010 Health 2.0 Developer Challenge was launched on June 2nd, 2010 at the Community Health Data Initiative (CHDI) meeting at the IOM, with support from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Initiated in March 2010, CHDI hoped to ignite innovation using newly opened government data sets. By that June meeting, several great applications had been created.
The Health 2.0 Developer Challenge is run by Health 2.0, the company that hosts the well known Health 2.0 Conferences. Health 2.0 is working with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) under the auspices of the Investing in Innovation (i2) Initiative. The federal government does not specifically endorse, recommend or support any of the private sector challenges that fall under the Developer Challenge program. The goal is to continue the excitement of CHDI and to bring the Health 2.0 Community together for rapid application development. There’ll also be more government data and privately contributed health data for developers and teams to work with.
Who can participate?
Government agencies, community organizations, foundations, healthcare and technology companies, software developers, UI designers, subject matter experts – all backgrounds welcome! Organizations working on related efforts will be able to join the Challenge Consortium to share resources and success stories.
How it works:
There are two types of Developer Challenge projects.
A “challenge” is a project in which multidisciplinary teams are tasked with building technology solutions that address issues identified by a sponsoring organization, such as a non-profit, foundation, or for-profit company. Developers, designers, patients, providers, health care organizations, and anyone else interested in health care are invited to take part in the challenge. Winning teams are awarded prizes that range up to $100,000. Anyone can submit a challenge or join a team to solve a challenge.
A “code-a-thon” is a live, generally one-day event, that is designed to stimulate rapid development of new applications and tools to improve health care. Our code-a-thons often attract hundreds of developers and other interested parties who collaborate freely to create interesting and useful new products. And yes, there’ll be prizes (and food to keep you going)!