TOP: Care Home Hack, Liverpool 2016. BOTTOM: Some of the Innovation Agency team attending the Grand Healthcare Hack at MIT, USA

Want to know more about hackathons? 

A bit of background

We are tasked with spreading the adoption of new innovations at scale and pace across the North West Coast. One of the newest ways of doing this is by running hackathons.  We have worked with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to gain expertise and knowledge about health and care hackathons to bring great minds together from across industries to help find solutions to healthcare problems. Hackathons are a method of supporting the local health and care system to connect, innovate and create new ideas and solutions for issues that they are facing.


What is a healthcare hackathon?

A hackathon is an event where people from different backgrounds and expertise form teams, collaborate within a limited time frame, and focus on a specific problem or idea in healthcare to come up with innovative, disruptive ideas and solutions. By bringing together diverse minds, with the common goal of solving healthcare’s biggest challenges, problems can be diagnosed from multiple different perspectives. 


Examples of healthcare hackathons supported by the Innovation Agency:


Collaborate to improve Care:

Funded by NHS England's Chief Scientific Officer and supported by the Innovation Agency, this health hackathon took place on 13th and 14th July 2016, right in the heart of Liverpool. 

The theme was around care homes and those working with older people.  People who had a passion for making a difference to the care provided in schemes and homes around the country participated to make this hackathon extra special.

You can watch the Collaborate to Improve Care hackathon in action here


The Innovation Agency provided financial support and assisted in facilitation at the following hackathons:

Hacking Children’s Health

A two day hackathon based at the Institute in the Park, a centre for research, education and innovation at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, supported not only by the Innovation Agency but also by a global team of experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Hacking Medicine.

Central Cheshire System Resilience Group Hack

A two day hackathon  themed around the current model of health and social care, with the diverse participants who attended asked to consider how care in the community initiatives may help to keep people out of hospital. 

Grand Healthcare Hack 2016:

The Innovation Agency was actively involved in this hackathon, which is the largest in the world.


Support and Training for Health and care Hackathons

The Innovation Agency offer training and facilitation of the Hackathon methodology through a tiered support offer. Depending on the capabilities and resources of your organisations you can request one of the following:

Hackathon Fundamentals - basic package, an introduction to hacking a health and care problem from our hackathon experts and an online Webex training session.

Hackathon Coach* - a supportive package where our hackathon experts will work with you and coach you through your hackathon event. We will aim to spread these geographically across the NWC region.

Hackathon Professional* -  our team of hackathon experts will provide full management support for your event, including event management, communication / marketing and running the hackathon. The Innovation Agency will support two of these events per year.

*Both these options require a financial contribution from the partner organisations

Find further information here 

To register for support please complete the following form:

How to run a hackathon

Below is a guide from our in-house experts on how to run a hackathon. Our team has been trained by the world leaders in health hackathons - MIT Hacking Medicine.



If you would like to register to undertake hackathon facilitator training please review training dates and register below.

Please note, in order to complete training you will be required to translate the learning at a health and care hackathon. 

We have a list of forthcoming hackathons available for you to facilitate at, so don’t worry you will not have to find your own!




Register for a place

18th January 2017

The Innovation Agency, Vanguard House, Sci-Tech Daresbury, Keckwick Lane,  Daresbury, Halton, WA4 4AB

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