DOWN TO BUSINESS: HealthHack participants in Perth came up with as many solutions as their counterparts in other states, with fewer resources. Photo: Dimi Spirovski/Jospi Photography

HealthHack – ailments, remedies in equal doses

Get a few dozen programmers and health practitioners together for a three-day weekend starting Friday, throw some problems at them, then tell them to come up with solutions by Sunday afternoon.

Sounds like you’ve got yourself a ‘health hack’.

Much like other hackathons, the basic premise behind last month’s event, jointly organised by Thoughtworks and Curtin University, was to develop solutions to real problems, and demonstrate what could be achieved with some focused, energetic collaboration.


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The Telethon Kids Institute derived a great deal of benefit from the event and firmed valuable relationships and new friendships with attendees.

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