Hack for Mental Health
The first mental health hackday will take place on Tuesday 16th September, at the fabulous Ortus Learning Centre in Denmark Hill. Come along and suggest, think about and hopefully build tools to tackle issues in mental healthcare.
The event is free, but we have limited space, so if you would like to attend, please register on Eventbrite
You don't have to be a coder or data analyst to attend (although if you are, your skills will be welcome!). If you have any ideas about how we could use technology, mobile apps and sensor data to improve the daily lives or clinical treatment of people dealing with mental illness we'd love to hear from you. If you have an idea for a hack, whether or not you're attending the event, please add it to the list of Hack Ideas
For those that are around on Monday 15th for the RSE AGM, or anyone else who can make it to Ortus by 6pm that evening, we've scheduled a pizza & pitches session, sponsored by the marvellous people at Github so people can propose hack ideas and get teams together so they can spend the whole of the following day hacking on their project. If you can't make it until the 16th, don't worry - we'll put all the Monday project pitches up on the wiki and there will be a chance to pitch more ideas at the start of the hackday.
The event is being organised by the National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health (BRC) at King's College London, Institute of Psychiatry Psychology and Neuroscience and the [South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust] (http://www.slam.nhs.uk) in conjunction with the UK Community of Research Software Engineers.
Microsoft Azure has kindly donated cloud computing resources for use to use on the day and the guys from the Centre for Behavioural Intervention Technologies at Northwestern Uni in Chicago will be on hand to show you how to use their Purple Robot system to capture phone sensor data and rapidly prototype mobile apps. We've also got a range of monitoring devices to play with including some Flex bands kindly donated by Fitbit. Maudsley Digital and the BRC have provided a fantastic venue and arrange for us to be fed and watered.
The best projects will get prizes on the day, and Maudsley Digital are keen to support further development, testing and deployment of any projects that they think have real clinical applications.
The AGM has a separate wiki at: https://github.com/UKRSE/AGM/wiki