Sponsored by the California HealthCare Foundation, the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge drew participants from across the state thanks in part to an unusually large pool of cash prizes.
A civic hackathon at UC Davis over the weekend that challenged participants to use health-care data from the California state government drew a big crowd of coders and produced apps that might have staying power.
Sponsored by the California HealthCare Foundation, the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge brought in participants from Sacramento, the Bay Area and across the state thanks in part to an unusually large pool of cash prizes. Approximately 60 coders turned in a total of 15 apps by the Sunday afternoon deadline.
The participants were encouraged to use data sets from the California Health and Human Services Agency’s open data portal. Here are the top three finishers:
The California HealthCare Foundation is following up with the winners and other projects that were turned in, and has expressed interest in supporting those apps to develop them further, said Ash Roughani, a founder of Code for Sacramento (Code4Sac).
Last weekend’s hackathon was his first realization that the concept of “government as a platform” could become a reality, Roughani added. There were several people from the California Health and Human Services Agency there at the event who were actively helping the the civic technologists interpret the data, he said.
“So that was really exciting to see,” Roughani said.
This story was originally published by TechWire.