HEALinc Hackathon FAQs

What is the HEALinc Hackathon Program (HHP)?

The HEALinc Hackathon Program (HHP) is unique. There’s nothing like it anywhere in the world. The HHP program is divided into 3 parts: Phase 1/Readiness (comprised of 3 modules that must be completed virtually before the hackathon); Phase 2/HEALinc Hackathon (a boot-camp that takes place on a cruise ship); and Phase 3/Post Hackathon Implementation (where our team supports participants for 6 weeks to help them refine their innovations and lessons learned in their own home communities.)

What will I get out of the HEALinc Hackathon?

You will gain hands on experience in serial product prototyping, determining ‘product-market’ fit for your innovation and taking your innovations to market. You will also be mentored in using digital platforms such as IBM Watson as well as Microsoft and Apple platforms as well as Virtual Reality platforms so that you can participate in the Internet of Things (IoTs). You will be given tools for enhancing your creative skills, emotional intelligence, confidence and self-efficacy so that you can make the most of the opportunities available to you regardless of the circumstances.

Who should apply?

Anyone over the age of 18 with a health innovation idea that involves some digital/accelerating technology component and falls into one (1) or more of the following four (4) categories may apply to be part of the Spring 2018 cohort of The HEALinc Hackathon.

  • Prevention and/or health outcomes and quality of life improvement for people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.
  • Life Sciences.
  • Addressing equity and/or social determinants of health.*
  • Improving resilience and self-efficacy in individuals and communities.**

* Social determinants of health are those factors that shape 80% of our health. They include Place of residence, Race/ethnicity, Occupation, Gender, Religion/spirituality, Education, Social mobility and Socio-economic class (acronym PROGRESS).

** Studies show that resilience and self-efficacy are critical for improving overall health and well-being; supporting healthy aging; and is, therefore, a protective factor against developing chronic non-communicable disease.

Is there are an age limit?

Anyone above the age of 18 may apply. We will be operating HEALinc Hackathon cohorts for young people (under 18 years old) in future so be sure to join us so that you can receive updates about out Hackathon Programs.

Is there a cost?

The value of the program is upwards of $5000 (USD). However, the support of our sponsors and partners allow us to offer scholarships for individual participants.

HEALinc Hackathon Scholars will only be required to pay $500 USD per person (approximately 10% of the actual fee.)The $500 fee includes the price of the cruise (food, accommodation, etc.); all of the materials, educational training and IT support during the 4-5 days on the cruise; the materials for the readiness modules, as well as the support of our team of talented mentors. These same mentors will continue supporting you for 6 weeks after you disembark from the Hackathon cruise. The scholarship fee does not include airfare to the port of embarkation and/disembarkation.

How do I apply to become a HEALinc Scholar?

If you are interested in joining the HEALinc Hackathon as a HEALinc Scholar (which will allow you to receive all of the benefits of the program for $500 USD) please contact us by email expressing your interest and we will send you an application form. We would love to hear from you.

What if I am not a ‘technical’ person? Do I need to know how to write code to participate in the HEALinc Hackathons?

You do not need to know how to write computer code to participate in the HEALinc Hackathon. You will be placed in a team (each a maximum of 5 people). There will be at least one person in your team with IT and tech experience. We will also have tech advisors in the Hackathon to help you with tech components to ensure you have everything you need to make your idea a reality.

Can I enroll my company?

Yes. The HEALinc offers a unique opportunity for companies to create a wide range of product innovations in an ‘away-day’ type setting. If you are interested in enrolling your company please contact us for further details.