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#HIP613 Hackathon 2019: a great success!


Bruyère clinicians, researchers and staff teamed up with innovators to tackle health care challenges at this year’s #HIP613 Hackathon at Shopify. The theme of this year’s Hackathon was the prevention of social isolation among Canadians. 113 people participated, 17 people pitched their challenges, including 10 people from Bruyère.

Six teams with Bruyère representatives went on to win prizes at the event:

Bruyère Innovators Prize
Winner: Pain Explanation & Treatment App (Dr. Hillel Finestone, Bahareh Ghaedi, & team)

CHEO Innovators Prize
Winner: Experify (Dr. Jonah Marek & team)

Garbarino Girard Centre for Innovation in Seniors Care at Algonquin College
Winner: Get Moving! Get Connected! (Dr. Anne Harley & team)

IBM Ottawa Design Studio Prize
Winner: Hacking Alexa (Dr. Frank Knoefel and Dr. Bruce Wallace, & team)

Most Patient-Focused Solution Award
Winner: Hacking Alexa (Dr. Frank Knoefel and Dr. Bruce Wallace, & team)

Future Innovators Award
Winner: Repurposing canvassing software to assist volunteers working in public health programs in developing countries (Harvir Sandhu, Dr. Alison Krentel, Daniel Dilliott & team)

In addition, Bruyère’s Dr. Jonah Marek and his team were selected to go to the True North tech conference in Waterloo, Ontario to sit down with some of the top innovators in Canada’s tech industry.

Congratulations to everyone who attended the #HIP613 Hackathon! Thank you for making this a special weekend for all involved.