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November 29, 2016
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Americas: Lessons From a Public Health Hackathon


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What if you could bring together an engaged group of people with different backgrounds and expertise but with a shared passion to innovate solutions for a monumentally challenging problem?  Would real solutions be found?

One model for this type of goal-oriented meeting is the hackathon, where collaboration meets competition. The term is typically used to describe multiday programming events where teams of software engineers collaborate to build apps or even computer languages, but today’s hackathons often take a turn toward the social good—consider the British government’s hackathon offering prizes for teams that came up with technologies to help people suffering from dementia—and some don’t involve coding at all.

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