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HHS to Convene Opioid Symposium and Code-a-Thon on December 6 & 7

On December 6 and 7 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) will host an Opioid Symposium & Code-a-Thon to promote and employ innovative ways that technology and data can be used to address the nationwide opioid epidemic. Acting Secretary Eric D. Hargan will deliver opening remarks followed by TED Talk style presentations from leaders on the front lines of the opioid epidemic that will showcase promising practices in data and technology that have improved outcomes in communities across the country. 

Topics for presentations include: 

  • Unlocking the potential of public sector data 
  • Emerging technologies in public health surveillance, and 
  • Innovations taking place at the state level to address the opioid epidemic. 

Register for the Symposium here. 

The Symposium will be immediately followed by a Code-a-Thon, where coders will have access to federal, state, and local (city, county) datasets to create innovative data-driven solutions to the opioid epidemic. There will be three prize opportunities, up to $10,000 each- one for each challenge track. 

Are you up for the challenge? HHS is looking for teams of 3-5 people who: 

Have skills that match the need: Desired skills are computer programming, data analytics, and end user design. 

Are multidisciplinary: Teams should include diverse expertise in areas relevant to the challenge tracks, such as health policy, analytics, social science, design, and/or engineering. 

Are experienced: Teams should bring significant professional experience in their respective fields and/or have participated in a public or private sector sponsored Code-a-Thon. 

Meet the above criteria? Submit your intent to participate.