June 6, 2015 – California Health Data Code-a-Thon

Helping Consumers and Policymakers Marshal the State of California’s Health Data Code-a-Thon


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Drawing on all datasets available through the California Health and Human Services Agency CHHS Open Data Portal, this code-a-thon focused on creating apps, visualizations, and other tools to help better harness available data. The code-a-thon was co-hosted by CHHS and the California Health Care Foundation. The code-a-thon awarded prizes in two categories:

  • Consumers: Harness and visualize datasets to equip consumers with the data they need to raise awareness about and inform the health choices they and their communities make.
  • Policymakers: Harness and visualize datasets to equip city, county, and state government, as well as school districts, with health data they need to inform their policy decisions.

$20,000 in prize money was awarded at the code-a-thon: $10,000 for the 1st place winner, $5,000 for the 2nd place winner, $2,500 for the third place winner and $2,500 for the audience’s choice!

The goal not only is to draw developers and designers to this code-a-thon, but to also include providers, advocacy organizations, and/or nonprofits on teams formed during the code-a-thon, in order to help ensure that products developed respond to on-the-ground needs.

More information on the applications developed and contest details is available here.

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