A couple of months back we looked at The Healthbox Accelerator- a 12 week programme running from October through to January aimed at providing healthcare entrepreneurs with tailored training and mentoring from experts from all across the healthcare sector.
However before the business ‘accelerator’, you first need the idea and the innovation. Feeding this need is Health Hack NI, coming to Belfast this coming weekend.
Inspired by NHS Hack Day, Health Hack NI, is a Northern Ireland ‘hack’ equivalent bringing together healthcare professionals, developers, designers, business people and other interested parties to work collaboratively on problems or ideas that create innovative software solutions to healthcare problems.
Kicking off on the 8th December at Belfast City Hall, this hack will last for two days and healthcare professionals are encouraged to bring problems and ideas, and technologists to bring their skills. Generally a hack or hackathon is any event where ‘techy types’ and ‘experts’ work collaboratively on software projects and solutions.
Creating innovative solutions to healthcare issues in this way is pretty understandable bearing in mind that both the health and IT industries thrive and rely on openness and collaboration to develop and evolve. As healthcare budgets and finances continue to be squeezed, cost effective and innovative solutions are obviously needed in order to continue to drive the health sector forward, and therefore we expect more of these ‘hacks’ will start popping up all over the place.
The NHS Hack Day had a tagline of "geeks who love the NHS" so we thought it only good and proper that we should highlight this NI version - after all, we heart the geeks.As Startacus is all about the power of collaboration and ultimately making a difference, we look forward to hearing more about the success of this Belfast based event and also will follow future Hacks across the healthcare and other industries in the weeks and months to come...