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October 20, 2016

Appalachian Health Hack-A-Thon

13903200_1447575925256326_8241308083984925877_nA team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will facilitate the first-ever Appalachian Health Hack-A-Thon at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset Oct. 6-8.

A hack-a-thon convenes people with different backgrounds and expertise to form teams, collaborate within a limited timeframe and focus on a specific problem to create innovative, disruptive ideas and solutions. By bringing together diverse minds alike in their interest for solving health-care’s biggest challenges, problems can be diagnosed from multiple perspectives.

MIT’s Hacking Medicine program has held more than 40 events worldwide, helping to develop solutions to some of the toughest problems in medicine. Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) is bringing the program to Kentucky, which is the first time MIT has held a hack-a-thon in Appalachia.

“Appalachian Kentucky faces many challenges, but bringing communities together to create innovative solutions is the key,” said Jared Arnett, executive director of SOAR.

“SOAR is seeking the brightest minds — from health to business and entrepreneurs, techies, innovators and engineers to social workers, patients and students. Participants will implement this challenge-solving technique, which is used by the technology industry and companies like Google.”

Read the entire press release. 

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