An interesting piece in Slate. Traditionally hackathons have been one way to drive innovation in the technology and internet sectors. Turns out that they also have a place in the medical sector as long as technology has something to do with it.
Slate’s article reminds me of the workshops that Sandy Anderson organises here at Moffitt. For instance:
The participants then self-divide into mixed groups based on problems they’re interested in solving. There is usually an element of competition: Teams with the best ideas take home a cash prize and an open door to people who can help them grow the idea into a real business.
Which is quite true for what we do at Moffitt except replacing real business with novel research in our case. Whether they yield new companies or new scientific insights , these hackathons can be incredibly useful:
If hackathons can nudge medical culture toward greater openness to change, that’s probably a good thing. It’s impossible to justify the full extent of neo-Luddism that infects medicine.