WHAT IT'S ABOUT
How can mental health professionals raise awareness about critical issues, increase access to care or improve treatment? These are a few of the problems likely to be addressed this weekend at United Nations SUstainable Development goal Hackathon To Fight Depression
Depression and a lack of mental health has become one of the most serious and costly issues of our time, especially for young people.
We - Coltan, Rotary, hospital, City of Berkeley have got together in the hope that we can collaborate and change this.
WHO WILL BE THERE
This inclusive hack brings together some major players in the tech and healthcare sectors. Attendees will come from a mix of disciplines like psychology, healthcare, biology, software, data, AI, UX, strategy, video, art, pharmacology and games design. Organisations represented will include universities and colleges as well as a host of other agencies and organisations.
HOW WE'LL DO IT
Participants will collaborate, explore and co-create prototype solutions to help people with depression and those close to them, i.e. friends and family. Participants will be fully briefed before the event.
Participants will be grouped into teams, each of which will identify a problem that needs to be solved in the field of mental health, devise a solution and build a prototype. There's a $600 prize for the best proposal focusing on underserved populations.
As an example of a potential proposal, a team might pitch an app aimed at people suffering from depression designed to reduce feelings of isolation by increasing their connections to others. Coding skills or prior experience in hackathons are not needed to participate. We encourage teams to form with a wide variety of backgrounds and skills.
WHERE AND WHEN
Friday January 11th, the participants will present their "pain points" – issues that need to be addressed – form teams, and brainstorm how to address those issues. Saturday's events, which are open to the public, begin in the morning and end in the evening with an award ceremony.
All the action will take place on the 12th January at UC Berkeley. Food and drink (and some very special entertainment!) will also be provided.
All in all it's a great opportunity to make a difference on a very significant issue, meet some very talented people, extend your network, get some great credentials, learn a lot, share and be part of a story that says you helped something with serious purpose happen!
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The event is sponsored by Coltan