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Frequently asked questions about hackathons
Frequentlyaskedquestionsabouthackathons
Q:Whatisahackathon?A:Hack-a-thonsbringpeoplefromdifferent
fields—NURSES,pharmacists,entrepreneurs,softwaredevelopers,
engineers—togetherinoneplace.Folkssharetheproblemstheyencounter
inhealthcareandthenorganizeintoteamsbasedonaproblemtheywant
tosolve.TheoverallobjectiveoftheHackathonistoinspireinnovationand
createoutoftheboxsolutions.Attendingahackathonisagreatwayto
meetandworkwithnewpeople,comeupwithexciting,innovativeideas
andlearninterestingtechnologies.ThisisthefirstNursehackathonthatwe
areawareof!
Q:Doyouneedanideatoparticipateinahackathon?A:NO.Ifyouare
attendingtheSummitonFriday,youwillhearfrommanyspeakerswhowill
sharetheirideasandinnovations.Wewillalsofacilitateactivitiesinthe
breakoutsessionsthatmayhelpinspireanidea!Yourideamightbeaspark
forateamtoformandcreateasolution.Oryoucanjoinateamand
participatein"hacking"awayatsomeoneelse'sideaandbepartofthe
innovation.
Q:Whatwillhappenatthehackathon?A:ThehackathonbeginsonFriday
night,June17at6:30PM.Aseriesofideaswillbepitchedtoallparticipants
andthenfolkswillbegivenanopportunitytoorganizeintoteamsand
beginto"hack"theideatheyareinterestedin.However,ifyoucannot
attendFridayevening,youmayjointhehackathononSaturdaymorning.
Q:WhatifIdon'thavealotofexperiencewithprogrammingor
technology.Isthiseventforme?A:YES!Peoplewithalltypesof
experienceandexpertisewillbeattending.Yourunderstandingofthe
healthproblemsfacingpatientsandcommunitiesfromanursing
perspectivemeansyouhaveuniqueideas!Mentorswillbeprovidedto
assistteamswiththeirprojects.Wecaremostaboutcreatingan
environmentwhereyoucanhavefun,learn,shareyourexpertiseinnursing
andtransformyourideasintosolutions!
Q:IfIammemberofateamthatisattending,canweworktogether?A:
YES!Youcanworkwithwhomeveryoulike.Youmayalsomeetindividuals
withexpertiseorskillsthatareinterestedinyourideathatyoumaywant
toinvitetojoinyourteam.
Q:WhatifIdon'thaveateamandamcomingasanindividual?A:GREAT!
Youwillhavetheopportunitytoheardifferentideas"pitched"andyoucan
decidewhichideainterestsyouandjoinateam.
Q:DoIhavetostayatthehackathonuntilitofficiallycloses?A:NO,you
mayleaveatanytime.Therewillbeascheduleofeventsthroughoutthe
daytokeepeveryoneinformedofwhatisgoingon.However,muchofthe
dayisleftopenforteamsforworkontheirideas.Teamscandecidefor
themselveswhethertheywanttostoporkeepgoingatanytime.
Q:Arethereteamsizelimits?A:Therearenorulesthatlimitteamsize.
Experienced“hackers”recommendbetween4-8members,butitisupto
thegrouptodeterminethebestsizefortheirproject.
Q:WhatisthefinaloutcomeorgoaloftheHackathon?Outcomesofthe
Hackathonmaydifferamongparticipants.Nursescouldgoasfaras
developinganidea,aprototype,toaworkingproduct.However,most
participantsfindtheirideaiscraftedandateamisformed.Ifaparticipant
doesn’thavetheirownidea,theycanbecomeamemberofanotherteam
tosupportanideatoprototype.
Q:WhathappenstotheideasgeneratedattheHackathon?Ideasare
onlyideasuntilfullydevelopedtobecomefundableprojectsorevena
startupbusiness.Thismaytakemanyrevisionsoftheidea.Insomecases,
anideabecomesfullymanifestedasastartupcompany.However,many
findthehackathonanidealplacetoformateam.
Q:HowareprizesawardedattheendoftheHackathon?Thelastdayof
theHackathoneachteamwill“pitch”toateamofjudgeswhowillconsult
witheachothertochosetheTop3WinningTeams.Eachteamwillbe
awardedacashprizeandgiftsofservicesthatmayincludeconsulting,work
spaceandopportunitiestotaketheirideatothenextlevel.
Q:WhatisthefinaloutcomeorgoaloftheHackathon?Outcomesofthe
Hackathonmaydifferamongparticipants.Nursescouldgoasfaras
developinganidea,aprototype,toaworkingproduct.However,most
participantsfindtheirideaiscraftedandateamisformed.Ifaparticipant
doesn’thavetheirownidea,theycanbecomeamemberofanotherteam
tosupportanideatoprototype.
Q:WhathappenstotheideasgeneratedattheHackathon?Ideasare
onlyideasuntilfullydevelopedtobecomefundableprojectsorevena
startupbusiness.Thismaytakemanyrevisionsoftheidea.Insomecases,
anideabecomesfullymanifestedasastartupcompany.However,many
findthehackathonanidealplacetoformateam.
Q:HowareprizesawardedattheendoftheHackathon?Thelastdayof
theHackathoneachteamwill“pitch”toateamofjudgeswhowillconsult
witheachothertochosetheTop3WinningTeams.Eachteamwillbe
awardedacashprizeandgiftsofservicesthatmayincludeconsulting,work
spaceandopportunitiestotaketheirideatothenextlevel.
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