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Johnson & Johnson and Disruptor’s Handbook launch healthtech challenge HaTCHathon

- August 9, 2016 2 MIN READ

Following the success of its Qantas Codeshare hackathon this past weekend, strategy firm Disruptor’s Handbook has announced yet another initiative to help a corporate foster innovative solutions, this time working within the healthtech space on behalf of Johnson & Johnson.

The Health and Technology Challenge HaTCHathon event, to be held on September 9-11 at the Billy Blue Design School in Sydney, will aim to improve how the healthcare system works, as well as create new solutions to benefit patients. It is asking participants to tackle problems ranging from treatment compliance to patient empowerment, the economic burden on the system, health equity, and obesity.

The problems facing the Australian healthcare system are growing, and so its their cost. According to data released by Professor Stephen Duckett, director of the health program at the Grattan Insitute in 2014, the cost of healthcare in Australia is increasing at 5.4 percent per year compared to annual GDP growth of around 3.1 percent; expenditure on health in Australia was estimated to be $147.4 billion in 2012-2013, which makes up about 9.5 percent of Australia’s GDP.

Given these rising costs, the number of initiatives looking to cut them down and improve services is also growing. From Westpac’s Innovation Challenge to Slingshot’s HCF Catalyst accelerator program and the recently launched HBF and Spacecubed accelerator in Perth, startups and techies around the country are being urged to develop intuitive products and services that can improve treatment outside of hospitals.

The HaTCHathon event will be judged by senior representatives from Johnson & Johnson companies, Medibank, and Lorica Health, with winners to get the opportunity to work with these organisations to develop their ideas further and push their towards commercialisation.

Disruptor’s Handbook’s Qantas Code Share Hackathon this past weekend, meanwhile, the second annual event, saw Qantas staffers and external participants work to come up with new ideas to improve travel technology, with both the teams and Qantas as a business urged to go to a new level. Among the ideas developed on the weekend were airport guides to make the airport experience better, and a bot helping Chinese tourists get more information about, and book flights to, Australia.

The winner of this year’s hackathon was 2DamEdgey, a team put together by innovation consultancy Edgelabs and digital agency 2 Dam Creative.

The winning team of Stuart Hudson, Steve Brendish, Ash Fanning, Danielle Mcclurg and Mark Trinder created Transfer Buddy, an app that addresses the anxiety and pain felt by travelers with connecting flights and transfers.

You can find more information about the 2016 HaTCHathon event here.

Image: the Qantas Codeshare hackathon. Source: CIO.com