Posted By: Department of Health and Human Services
Category: Software/Apps, Designs Skill: Algorithms Interest: Health Submission Dates: 1 p.m. ET, Dec 06, 2017 - 4 p.m. ET, Dec 07, 2017 Winners Announced: Dec 07, 2017
Drug overdose deaths and opioid-involved deaths continue to increase in the United States. The majority of drug overdose deaths (more than six out of ten) involve a prescription or illicit opioid. Ending this epidemic is among the Department’s top priorities, and to combat this crisis the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has implemented a five-part strategy that provides the overarching framework for HHS’s opioid-related activities. To build on these efforts, HHS is looking to leverage the full potential of data and technology to address the opioid crisis by hosting an Opioid Code-a-Thon. Participants will use a variety of provided datasets related to opioids and develop a solution to address one of the following challenge tracks:
- Opioid Treatment
- Opioid Usage
- Opioid Misuse Prevention
For full details about this challenge, please view the official announcement of challenge requirements and registration.
The solution takes into account user-centered design principles. The user interface is visually appealing, well laid out, intuitive, and easy to use and understand.
Potential for Impact
The solution has a clear user and positions local, state, and/or federal actors to make significant strides in advancing treatment, understanding usage, or improving prevention.
The solution addresses the primary goals of the Code-a-Thon through connecting a variety of health data sources – of which at least one is an HHS dataset – and demonstrates potential for scale and/or broader application in public health.
The solution represents a new, original idea that integrates data in an unprecedented and novel way.
Please see the “Rules” section to learn how to submit an intent to participate form.
Participants must perform a five-minute, in-person demo and provide the following information to be eligible for further review and a prize award on December 7, 2017:
- Team Name, Participant Names, Organization (s), and Primary Point of Contact
- Challenge Track
- Data Resources Utilized
- Link to the solution
- Written summary of the solution
To be eligible to win a prize under this challenge, an individual or entity—
- Shall have registered to participate in the competition under the rules promulgated by The Office of the CTO, HHS;
- Shall have complied with all the requirements under this Announcement and any subsequently announced rules for the competition;
- In the case of a private entity, shall be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States, and in the case of an individual, whether participating singly or in a group, shall be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States;
- May not be a Federal entity or Federal employee acting within the scope of their employment (all non-HHS federal employees must consult with their agency Ethics Official to determine whether the federal ethics rules will limit or prohibit the acceptance of a cash prize stemming from a federally sponsored prize competition);
- Shall not be an HHS employee;
- Federal grantees may not use Federal funds to develop submissions unless consistent with the purpose of their grant award;
- Federal contractors may not use Federal funds from a contract to develop prize competition applications or to fund efforts in support of a prize competition submission;
- Interested participants will be required to form teams that consist of three to five individuals. Team will indicate the following qualifications:
- Team Skillsets: Team indicates that they possess computer programming, data analytics, and end user design skillsets
- Team Multidisciplinary Expertise: Team indicates expertise in any 2 of the following areas relevant to the challenge tracks: health, analytics, social science, design, and/or engineering; and
- Team Experience: The team indicates that they collectively have 10 years of experience in their respective fields and/or previously participated in a public or private sector sponsored Code-a-Thon
Eligible teams can submit their intent to participate here: https://hhs-opioid-symposium-code-a-thon.eventbrite.com
For full details, please view the official announcement of challenge requirements and registration.