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Hackathon on fighting obesity coming March 23-24

Hackathons are becoming more commonplace in South Florida -- and more specialized. Here is one focused on fighting obesity -- this is the group's press release:

Lift1428, a Miami-based innovation, design, strategy firm devoted to the healthcare space, is joining the University of Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) to bring South Florida a unique hacking event called ImpactObesity. The event, focused on the collective challenge of understanding and overcoming obesity in our diverse community, is scheduled for March 23-24 and will be hosted by Right Space Innovation at the Life Science and Technology Park at UM.

“This hackathon is intended to bring together teams who have a business idea around the topic of managing and reducing obesity,” explained Norma Kenyon, executive director of the Wallace H. Coulter Center for Translational Research and Director of the Novel Clinical and Translational Methods component of the Miami CTSI. The event will draw on the talents of programmers, business students and professionals, healthcare students and professionals, UM students and faculty, and entrepreneurs to address an important social and public health issue for America.

“We are interested in seeing what the local teams can create to help manage and reduce obesity in distinct cultural settings using mobile or web enabled interface,” explained J. Kevin Tugman,
chief creative and co-founder at Lift1428. “Is there an app that can be developed for a specific audience that uses patient data to suggest dietary intake and track dietary habits? Or, can we think of a game that would engage both child and parent in their native language that enables or inspires better eating or exercise habits?”

At the end of the event, all teams will present their ideas to judges who will review and rate each idea. The winning teams will be awarded infrastructure support, clinical and scientific mentoring, and the possibility of receiving seed funding to turn their innovative idea into a business.

 Register here.