SOURCE: Health 2.0

Health 2.0

April 09, 2012 08:35 ET

Health 2.0 Announces Hokie Health Code-a-Thon, Tapping Talent in Southwest Virginia's Emerging Technology Hotbed

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 9, 2012) - Health 2.0 announced today the Hokie Health Code-a-thon which will be held April 13-14 in Blacksburg, Virginia, an up-and-coming medical and technology hub for innovators. The two-day challenge will bring together multidisciplinary teams of physicians, students, software developers, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, technology innovators and others to develop applications that enhance care quality, safety and efficiency. The winner will receive $2,500 and five runner-up projects will receive $500 each.

The event requires contestants to develop prototype applications and offers the opportunity to demonstrate their I.T. chops and make valuable connections in hopes of commercializing the products.

The competition kicks-off with keynote Aneesh Chopra, the White House's first Chief Technology Officer. Previously, Chopra was Virginia's Secretary of Technology, a managing director at The Advisory Board Company, and investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley.

Health 2.0 Co-Chairman and health care futurist, Matthew Holt, will share real-world insights on "Commercialization in Health IT." Eric Ries, an entrepreneur, business advisor, blogger, and co-founder and chief technology officer of IMVU, will deliver via Skype a presentation on "Launching a Lean Startup."

"We're excited to bring this developer challenge to the Roanoke Blacksburg region, home to world-class universities, medical schools, health systems and highly trained software, hardware and other technology professionals," said Indu Subaiya, Co-Chairman and CEO of Health 2.0. "These institutions and individuals understand the inefficiencies plaguing the health system and the power of technology to solve those problems. We look forward to seeing their innovative solutions in action."

Sponsors include: Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council, Intel, 1901 Group, TechPad, Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology, Virginia Tech Entrepreneur Club, Carilion Clinic, Epic, Altruista Health, COX Business, RackSpace Hosting, Montgomery County, The Advisory Board Company.

About Health 2.0
The conference. The media network. The innovation community. The Health 2.0 Conference is the leading showcase of cutting-edge innovation transforming the health care system. Since its beginning in 2007, Health 2.0 has served as a community resource for search and online tools to help consumers manage their health and connect to providers. Now that the industry has caught up, Health 2.0 covers the entire cloud, web, mobile and unplatforms technology revolution that is shaking up every sector of health care. For more, visit htttp://www.health2con.com.

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