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Published on : Friday, November 15, 2013
Following a successful series of codeathon events this year, Ace Hotel, the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), Gigit, Jawbone, Sweetgreen, and Tumblr, present the final health-based codeathon for 2013 on November 15-17 to create digital tools to help people eat better. Building upon the powerful intersection of technology and data, the event aims to spur innovation in the health and technology space and set the standard for what a healthy codeathon environment should entail.
Hosted at Ace Hotel New York, the codeathon challenges interactive and game design master students from around the city to build a completely original and functional application prototype, based on one of the social determinants of health, such as sleep or stress, proposed by CHMI. The prototype can be web, mobile, or desktop-based, and can be developed via data sets, APIs, conceptually or through ideas of the developers’ own device.
To support the codeathon series and the work of developers worldwide, Jawbone has opened its UP API and Platform to the public after several months of invitation-only access to a select group of developers, and to participants of last month’s codeathon. Now, any developer can connect people using UP to other products and services, or create entirely new apps and experiences utilizing data from UP. Once again, Jawbone will provide UP bands to codeathon participants, allowing them to them monitor their sleep patterns, steps taken, and meals throughout the weekend in an effort to support healthy habits.
Participating programmers gain invaluable experience working alongside their peers, and learn from critiques by a top-tier judge panel. The judges, led by New York’s leading thinkers in games, tech and health, review submissions based on the six key criteria: playability, design, art accomplishing the prompt, potential impact, and each team’s health.
In keeping with CHMI’s commitment to help Americans live healthier lives, the health- focused codeathon will incorporate healthy living throughout the event, including nutritious food options provided by Sweetgreen, opportunities to stretch and exercise, and a collaborative, supportive environment. As part of each team’s health criteria, information on each team’s healthy habits will be gathered from UP bands provided by Jawbone, and factored into the judging. Bonus points will be awarded to the teams that maintain healthy habits during the high-energy race to the finish line.
On Saturday and Sunday, teams will develop their applications. Sunday’s playtest session and judging panel, following a full day of developing, are free and open to the public. The playtest session offers designers final feedback on their work before they make any final changes. Winners will be announced that day.
On January 10 – 12 2014, Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs will host a codeathon in conjunction with the 2014 Health Matters Conference.
Source:- ACE Hotels