TechTown hosts first cross-border healthcare hackathon May 1-3

MARCH 24, 2015
Contact:  Kristin Palm, Managing Director of Communications
Phone:     (313) 483-1326

TechTown Detroit will host the world’s first cross-border, healthcare hackathon May 1-3, 2015. Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit invites professionals from the health care and IT industries to converge over the course of a weekend and form teams that conceptualize, design and build mobile apps and IT solutions for the health care sector. The best ideas are eligible for over $20,000 in prizes.

Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit aims to provide the platform for sustainable solutions and start-ups that target the health care industry, with a focus on the Detroit-Windsor region. The event is open to a range of professions and sectors, including doctors, nurses, hospital administrators and CEOs, computer programmers, graphic designers, technology companies, students and investors.

“The ultimate goal of Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit is improving patient-centric health care while building cross-sector and cross-border collaboration that spurs tech startups and regional economic development,” says Paul Riser, director of Technology-Based Entrepreneurship at TechTown Detroit. “It will be an intense three days, and we expect to see many promising new innovations that deliver significant impact to the face of the health care industry by the end of the weekend.”

Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit is organized by TechTown in Detroit, and WEtech Alliance and Hackforge in Windsor. Wayne State University is the lead sponsor for the event. Partner hospitals include Henry Ford Health System, Windsor Regional Hospital, Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital, Leamington District Memorial Hospital. Research partners include Wayne State University, University of Michigan Fast Forward Medical Innovation, University of Windsor, St. Clair College, Madonna University and University of Detroit Mercy. Other key partners include Next Healthcare, New Economy Initiative, Ann Arbor SPARK, Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator and EPICentre.

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Wayne State University is one of the nation’s pre-eminent public research universities in an urban setting. Founded in 1868, Wayne State consists of 13 schools and colleges offering more than 370 programs to nearly 28,000 graduate and undergraduate students. Through its multidisciplinary approach to research and education, and its ongoing collaboration with government, industry and other institutions, Wayne State seeks to provide a world-class academic experience while fostering economic growth and improving the quality of life in the city of Detroit, the state of Michigan and throughout the world.

TechTown is Detroit’s business innovation hub. As the city’s most established business accelerator and incubator, TechTown connects startup, emerging and established businesses to a broad network of resources, catalyzing the local economy. TechTown is a nonprofit enterprise affiliated with Wayne State University.

Contact: Kristin Palm
Voice: 313-577-0108