suicide prevention hackathon

Hackathons tackle suicide prevention

The Department of Veterans Affairs, National Institutes of Health and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy are teaming up with non-profits and local agencies across the country this weekend in an effort to hack their way to better suicide prevention.

On Saturday, Dec. 12, data scientists, engineers, designers and domain experts will join forces in multiple hackathons aimed at leveraging open data and technology to both predict and prevent suicides.  The hackathons will take place in Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. -- each with a different area of emphasis.

The Boston VA Healthcare System in Jamaica Plain will host a data sprint focused on identifying at-risk veterans using federal and academic open datasets. In Chicago, the mayor's office will host a hackathon focused on answering the question: How can we create one database of referrals for organizations that refer people to mental health and emergency services?

In New York, Crisis Text Line will host a hackathon and data sprint to develop an open application programming interfaces for mandatory reporting in all 50 states, which will be made freely available for all suicide prevention services to use. San Francisco-based Beyes Impact will host a hackathon to use open data to build software prototypes and data visualizations to address suicide among veterans.

And in Washington, Impact Hub DC will host a tech sprint to augment the government’s open data site, Data.gov.

Those interested can register online.

About the Author

Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.

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