TUH & TU Dublin to Host Second Innovative Health Hackathon

TUH 2022 Hackathon(July 5th 2022) Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) and TU Dublin have announced the second health hackathon will take place September 30th and October 1st this year. This will be the second Hackathon run by the organisations with the support of Amazon Web Services.

Taking place over two days, the health hackathon brings together healthcare professionals from TUH and students from across TU Dublin with the aim of developing innovative solutions to real life healthcare challenges.

David Wall, Chief Information Officer at TUH said: “This will be our second hackathon with COVID-19 putting a slight blip in our plans for it to be an annual event!  We are delighted to be able to run the event again with TU Dublin and Amazon Web Services. Our recent experience with COVID further demanded a lot of innovation to ensure the continuing delivery of healthcare during extremely challenging times. There were solutions developed quickly to solve challenges our clinicians were facing. This has left both a greater appreciation and demand for technology and how it can help in the delivery of healthcare. This event could well lead to technology breakthroughs in healthcare for patients as our medical professionals work alongside students and leaders in digital technology.

Clinicians will set out the challenges at 5pm on Friday, September 30th and answer any questions the participating teams may have. The Hackathon will conclude on Saturday October 1st  with a presentation of the shortlisted finalists at the TU Dublin Tallaght Campus.

Thomas Stone, Vice-President for Partnerships at TU Dublin said ‘This is an excellent event which epitomises the impact of TU Dublin when it partners with leading institutions in Dublin. Tallaght University Hospital and AWS are both long term partners of TU Dublin with a strong focus on combining expertise to generate impactful solutions for society.

Dr. Barry Feeney, Head of Computing at TU Dublin, said ‘The Healthcare Hackathon is a really important event for our technology students. It connects students desire to contribute innovative solutions to societal challenges. Real world challenges set by Hospital clinicians are highly motivating for students. The support of AWS for this event is vital and allows access to the latest industry technology and expertise.’

Commenting on the event Lucy Nugent, Chief Executive of TUH said “I am looking forward to the innovative solutions proposed to solve very real world challenges we face here in the Hospital every day. The ultimate aim for the solutions proposed is to continue with their development, test and ultimately use them for the benefit of our patients and their healthcare.”