How will it work? We're in the early planning now

Designing an event that will have lasting impact

  • Gather input from the front lines – from public safety leaders, response/recovery professionals and patients / families of those affected
  • Identify specific “bite size” challenges that could help Cincinnati better respond
  • Invite the right group to collaborate, including:
    • Patients / families of those affected
    • Community and public safety leaders
    • Recovery professionals
    • Business leaders, entrepreneurs and technologists, including engineers and designers

Holding the actual Hackathon weekend

  • Hackathon will take place over a weekend, but many participants will only come for specific parts
    • Kick off: Hackathon Challenges described to group (also sent in advance)
    • Work time: Teams form to design solutions and build prototypes for 24-36 hours in response to Hackathon Challenges; mentors advise
    • Judging: Teams present prototypes to judges; winners selected for best solutions to Hackathon Challenges
  • Event is based on standard hackathon methodology
  • By the end of the hackathon, actual technical tools will have been built (prototypes that can be further refined to work quickly). Could include things like data sharing tools for the groups working in response or recovery, emergency response analytics tools, detox/rehab capacity software etc.

Following up for real results

  • Ongoing support and mentorship for winners and other viable ideas of interest to the community; support to become lasting tools for Cincinnati and possibly beyond.  Successful hackathons –particularly in complex areas related to healthcare or city services –are only the start of ongoing development for real, lasting results

More details coming soon