Health Hack 2016 Stockholm
This Saturday on September 10th, a Health Hackathon will take place in Stockholm at the H2 Health Hub, a co-working space for digital health entrepreneurs and startups. The main topic of the hackathon concerns mental health issues among teenagers and how technology can help in improving health and wellbeing of these groups.
Depression and anxiety among teenagers has been rapidly increasing with a staggering 70% increase in the last 25 years, while the number of young people seeking psychiatric help has doubled since 2009. In recent years, numerous digital solutions have been trying to address these problem in forms of self-help anxiety management apps, emotion detecting wearable devices and different types of games. Research suggests that technology can be effective in reaching young people and providing them with the required help in dealing with different mental health problems.
About the Hackathon
Health Hackaton is a competition involving multidisciplinary teams of different backgrounds and expertise such as coders, psychologists, UX experts, medical doctors, entrepreneurs, patients etc. interested in solving a real life healthcare problem. It has been initiated by Health Hack Academy since 2012, which is the meeting place for developers, researchers, healthcare professionals and entrepreneurs who want to have a part in transforming the future of healthcare. Their goal is to support and accelerate the creation and growth of digital health startups through different workshops and hackathons where the selected once will have the opportunity to present their results at the Stockholm’s Digital Health Days, one of the largest digital health gatherings in Europe.
This year the hackathon is organized in a partnership with Gustavsberg vårdcentral, which is considered the best primary care center for treating mental illnesses, and “Uppdrag Psykisk Hälsa” (Mission Mental Health) from the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions which will be financing and testing the prototypes of some of the best ideas from the hackathon. The main challenges which the proposed solutions are meant to solve include usage of technology in increasing awareness of mental health in schools, enabling teens to share their experiences and get the proper help and support, and creating a better interface between researchers, caregivers, school and the teenagers for creating a more efficient way to receive help.
The actual hackathon lasts from 10am to 5pm, meaning that a solution must be developed within that timeframe. In addition to the hackathon there will be an inspirational speech by Sofie Hallberg and Ida Höckerstrand, founders of the Ångestpodden podcast for raising awareness of the mental health issues that teenagers are struggling with.
Solutions from Previous Years
Some of the previous ideas from these hackathons within the area of Internet of Things, Self-care and Mobile health in general include:
- “You Are Awesome” (2015) – an application enabling friends and loved ones to send collections of “love bombs” to a person who is depressed or feeling bad. A love bomb is a collection of compliments, encouragements or words of affection which can be sent through a link which the intended person will see on their mobile device.
- CogniVoice (2015) – innovation within the field of Internet of Things aimed at people suffering from dementia. The proposed solution would enable the family members, caregivers and health professionals to support these patients in a more efficient way by real-time tracking, prediction and prevention of potential aggressive behavior and mental health impairment.
- Piddle (2012) – a smartphone app for urine analysis that uses the smartphone camera to analyze the samples. The application then stores the data, visualizes it and the results are shared with the patient’s doctor.
- Better Kay (2013) – digital tools for women with incontinence
- Adherence (2013) – digital service where patients and their families can follow up and manage their medication intake
To find out more information and apply, please visit the official website of Health Hack Academy and be a part of the technological revolution in healthcare.