Making for health: Calling Boston-area makers

Asthmapolis, a GPS-enabled, networked inhaler that helps manage Asthma attacks on a city-wide scale

Following on their success last year, Health 2.0 is hosting code-a-thons in three cities as part of their Developer Challenge: San Francisco, CA on January 29th, Washington, DC on February 12th, and Boston, MA on February 19th. The day brings together developers, designers, researchers, care providers, patients, and anyone else interested in improving healthcare by building new applications and tools.

To support this great cause, MAKE is co-sponsoring the Boston event by bringing some open source hardware and maybe a Kinect or two to the teams participating in the Veterans Health Wireless Innovation Challenge. Issued by the West Wireless Health Institute and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the challenge is to design a wireless device or application targeting a problem specific to the Veteran’s care, such as movement disorders, PTSD, and hearing or vision loss.

For inspiration about what’s possible when you combine realtime sensors and health, check out the above video of the Asthmapolis.

The generous folks at the Maker Shed have donated the following goodies for teams to use in their projects:

If you’re in the Boston area or nearby (I’m looking at you, Providence!), come spend the day hacking and making for a great cause. The event is February 19 at Microsoft Research’s awesome NERD facility from 9:00am – 7:30 pm. (Come early for breakfast!) For general info about the challenges, check out this post on the O’Reilly Radar. For additional details, email odewahn at oreilly dot com.

Hope to see you there!

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