Pittsburgh Draws Hundreds From Around The Country For 24-hour Hackathon Focused on Pediatric Health Care Innovation

September 20, 2018

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation is hosting its first-ever hackathon, a 24-hour collaborative event bringing together a diverse array of problem solvers, all working to solve some of the biggest challenges facing pediatric health care.

HACK THIS. HELP KIDS.,” presented by the Citrone Thirty Three Foundation and Tulco, will take place Friday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 6 in the new Tepper Quad, a state-of-the-art space at Carnegie Mellon University.

During the event, nearly 400 participants, sponsors and mentors will review some of the most challenging health care problems, or “pain points,” and turn them into some of the most innovative and disruptive solutions in the health care industry, working together to create tools and technology to help various problems in the vast field of pediatrics.

More than 60 universities will be represented over the two days, including University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Brown University, Harvard Medical School and Princeton University.

The event will kick off with keynote speaker Thomas Tull, founder, Chairman and CEO of Tulco, a Pittsburgh-based investment-holding company.

“We are so thrilled to align with Children’s Hospital of Pittburgh Foundation, as well as leading academic institutions and businesses to make the inaugural ‘HACK THIS. HELP KIDS.’ a successful event,” said Cindy Citrone, president, Citrone Thirty Three Foundation. “We are allowing the best and brightest minds to dream up big ideas that ultimately will change children’s health.”

“The Hackathon will highlight Pittsburgh coming together for a common goal – to spark new ideas and implement them in the future, which ideally will benefit our patients and families,” said Srinivasan Suresh, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.P., co-chair of the event and chief medical information officer, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. “We are hoping to challenge everyone to really think outside of the box and to gather innovative technological ideas and to bring them to life.”

For more information or to register for the event, visit www.givetochildrens.org/hackthishelpkids.

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