Help find digital remedies for public health challenges - Product Forge is back with a public health hackathon from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th January 2018 at the Biscuit Factory in Edinburgh.
In collaboration with the NHS Information Services Division, the Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme, Canon Medical Research Europe and Scottish Health Innovations Limited, the Public Health Product Forge will unite the wider technology community, entrepreneurs and medical professionals to create digital innovations that tackle population health issues to ultimately improve the health of people and their communities. The event will cover a variety of themes including childhood obesity, addiction, and mental illness.
If you work in public health, are a developer, designer, or are interested in the subject, then this hackathon is for you!
Whether you already have an idea that you would like to prototype or you would just like to make new connections, we invite you to come along and meet people with a shared goal of finding digital remedies for challenges surrounding public health.
Use this opportunity to develop your career, gain new skills, network with professionals, meet potential employers or even kick-start your own company.
We’re kitting out the Biscuit Factory to make a cosy and welcoming space for you to work on your projects away from the winter weather. We’ll have snug working, chill-out, naptime and mealtime zones and we’ll be serving 10 free meals including hot and hearty dinners, and a special surprise for Burns supper! The venue will be open for 24 hour access, so feel free to stay and work into the early hours.
Registrations will remain open until 9am on Saturday for late starting participants.
After university Phil joined the Army, holding leading roles in the national level logistic planning for operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and command of a regiment. He first worked for the NHS as Associate Director for Planning, Performance and Practice Based Commissioning for NHS North of Tyne. After which he was appointed Director for Public Health and Intelligence in National Services Scotland. PHI brings together Information Services Division and Health Protection Scotland.
Marion worked in a number of hospitals before specialising in public health and later established the Scottish Public Health Observatory. She has worked in local and national Health Boards throughout Scotland, the Scottish Government, and was Medical Director of NHS National Services Scotland. Marion is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. She is currently Co-Director of the Executive Delivery Group for Public Health Reform.
Graham is an experienced non-exec director with a strong commercial track record as well as a former partner in a Big 4 accounting firm, with extensive experience working with SME clients delivering business development and strategic planning programmes and leading change initiatives. He has initiated and executed over 100 corporate transactions, valued at over £2bn and has lived and worked in Silicon Valley, as well as Scotland during my 35-year business career.
AILEEN KEEL is seconded from Scottish Government to the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics at the University of Edinburgh to lead the IHDP. Aileen joined the Scottish Office as a Senior Medical Officer in the Department of Health in 1992. She is Chair of the Scottish Cancer Task Force, Co-chair of COMQI (Clinical Outcomes and Measures for Quality Improvement), honorary consultant in haematology at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and has an Honorary Chair at the University of Edinburgh.
Chris Oliver is the Professor of Physical Activity for Health at the University of Edinburgh. He has advised the WHO and Scottish Government on ways to reduce sedentary behaviour. He recently retired as consultant orthopaedic trauma surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, where he also specialised in the management of chaos. He we will be speaking about empowering the #NextGen with world-changing tools to tackle major public health problems such as HIV, physical inactivity and motor vehicle injury.
Graham Mackenzie worked in general medicine and cardiology before training in Public Health. In addition to his roles in child health, maternal health and quality improvement he explores ways to use social media in public health, looking at ways to network, broadcast, learn and study the spread of health messages globally. He will be speaking about solving complex problems; averages being the enemy of progress; the inadequacy of routinely collected data; and thinking big, starting small and testing fast.
Scott is a statistician by background with 20 years experience in the health service and is currently an Associate Director with NHS National Services Scotland (NSS), leading its Data Management & Strategic Development function, with responsibility for the majority (approx 100) of health related data sets within NHS Scotland. He is also the Head of Profession for Statistics and has a leadership responsibility in ensuring the UK Statistics Code of Practice is implemented and adhered to across NHS NSS.
Lorna is Associate Director of Strategy and the Business Development Service at Public Health and Intelligence within National Services Scotland, providing analysis to support the transformation of information into intelligence.
As 2013 Saltire Foundation Fellow, Manuelle has recently finished an executive and leadership training in Babson College, Boston. This programme helped her develop and comprehend entrepreneurial and leadership skills, which combine with a strong life science background to develop her interest in drug development and pharmaceutical field.
Grahame works with key public sector, academic and private sector organisations to develop innovation collaborations that seek to introduce new innovative healthcare solutions, that have been researched, evaluated and evidenced as being cost effective. He is keen to offer post-event support to any projects that show the potential to greatly improve the health of the citizens of Scotland.
Alex joined the Information Services Division part of NHS Scotland in 2013 after graduating with a degree in stats from the University of Glasgow. Focusing on skills and interests in open data and data innovation, he became one of the organisations open data champions focusing on the use and publishing of data that ISD are delivering. More recently, Alex has been working within mental health services focusing on improving access of these services on both national level and more locally with NHS Highland.
Tammy is an enabler, educator, connector and facilitator with a focus on the innovation process and innovative outcomes for health. Since becoming Head of Innovation at the NSS, she has worked on a variety of projects aimed at improving healthcare innovation in Scotland. She currently serves as the Director of Public Sector Transformation at Pentacle the Virtual Business School.
Sally is the Digital Innovation Manager for the City of Edinburgh Council, a role including emerging technologies, and innovation activities across the Council and digital developments. She was previously the Council's Web Manager and developed a number of award winning websites including the Council's primary site. Tammy has a lead role in the Council's open data programme, running our portal and encouraging data publication. She also has experience of running hacks and challenge events.
Steph is a Project Development Manager at The Data Lab Innovation Centre and manages the Cancer Innovation Challenge, a Scottish Funding Council funded project to encourage open innovation in data to improve cancer care in Scotland. Her diverse background started in astrophysics and then went through film, dance and then back to the sciences in genomics, then carbon capture and storage and now data science. She can offer insights into general communications, project management and innovation in healthcare.
Anna is a Policy and Development Officer at the Carnegie UK Trust. She works within their Digital Futures and Fulfilling Work themes, focusing around digital inclusion and data privacy. Specifically Anna has been leading the day-to-day management of the #NotWithoutMe programme, to highlight the digital needs of vulnerable young people and challenge the assumption that all young people are ‘digital natives’. Prior to joining the Trust, Anna worked within the commercial and social enterprise sector.
Idon is an Innovation Consultant with extensive experience of developing and embedding digital health innovation, solutions and processes to problems. He brings broad knowledge on commercialisation, research and ethics, technical architecture, governance and cloud software development experience across Europe and North America having worked with SMEs and large FTSE 100 companies across a range of sectors.
Leah helps improve public services through person centered research and design. She's currently working with the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and is a core organiser of the OneTeamGov network in Scotland, a movement of reform through practical action.
Dan is currently a student at Edinburgh College and works with vulnerable communities of young people, in particular trans including non-binary and intersex young people. He is also on Young Scot's 5Rights commission, consulting for the Scottish Government on how Human Rights can be protected in the digital world.
Jaclyn is the co-owner of Armchair Books, a secondhand bookshop in Edinburgh's West Port. She previously worked as a public health researcher and on various digital projects in the public sector, but has since thrown it all away to spend her life balancing precariously on the top rung of a ladder, covered in antiquarian book dust. She comes down for meals.
Ian was a member of the winning team at the Local Transport Product Forge in May 2017 & has since mentored the CDD, ETIC and Public Health Product Forges. He began his graduate career working at QMU, and later moved to the Scottish Funding Council for Further and Higher Education where he worked in strategic planning and grant giving. Ian trained in evaluation with Manchester Institute of Innovation Research and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in People & Organisational Development from Roffey Park Institute.
Amy is a designer at Everyone, a digital agency based in Glasgow. She is passionate about applying creative thinking to problem solving and producing innovative design experiences.
Jamie is the founder of Edinburgh-based business consultancy Telaco, as well as a Saltire Fellow in Entrepreneurship. He is an an entrepreneurial leader with a focus on strategy, technology and communications.
Silvia is an Informatics graduate whose interests include big data, emerging technologies, and user experience. She is a winner of the Smart Campus Community Contest and co-author of a big data-related scientific paper published in the Journal for Natural Language Engineering. She is currently a full-stack software engineer, passionate about making software functional, secure, and usable.
Roz is a senior project manager at Realise - a customer experience, design and build agency. She has 4 years of digital project management experience and she is particularly interested in user experience and service design aspects of projects though she also has experience in running large technical projects.
Asif works in the Scottish Government leading the development of Public Health Priorities for Scotland, which will be published in spring 2018. He is committed to playing my part to create a healthier Scotland and to help reduce health inequalities.
Rod specialises in GIS and spatial data analysis and is helping to set up the core Data Centre, ensuring that the spatial data sets it contains are managed efficiently and to develop an intuitive web mapping front end to display these resources. He has worked on data requirements for organisations including the Met Office and the European Space Agency and extensively with satellite and aerial remote sensing data in the past and is an Associate Fellow of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society.
Peter is a data standards and engineering person with initial training in taxonomy and information modelling through a PhD in microbiology/immunology. He is well versed in assessing data quality and exploratory data analysis and has worked within the Scottish Government and other public-sector bodies to help them use various data in their organisations. He works with the EC and W3C on their data and standards activities and is currently co-chair of the W3C Data Exchange Working Group.
Lysimachos is a scientist by training, driven to translate the potential of biomedical and technological innovation to improve our health and lives. he has a solid understanding of innovation and commercialisation processes and a technical background in computational and molecular systems biology. Beyond academia, his professional experience includes drug discovery and digital health.
Christina is responsible for data analysis, enrichment and enhancement through statistical programming and machine learning. She recieved her diploma of Electrical and Computer Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki then worked at the Information Technologies Institute as a Research Associate, doing research on machine-learning-powered social media content verification. Her experience also includes working as a Software Developer focusing on back-end development and data engineering.
Ross set up Dogfish Mobile with Paul Burrowes 8 years ago just after Apple launched their iPhone. Dogfish Mobile is an enterprise mobile software development company focusing on the delivering behavior changing solutions for businesses, organisations and their consumers and their employees. He started his career as a management consultant with Ernst & Young and was then invited to join the Management Team of one of its clients, First Choice.
Gavin is the Project Lead and Senior Software Engineer at Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems. He is responsible for a variety of Image Analysis and Applications software projects related to Healthcare, CT and Ultrasound.
David has worked in the national procurement division of NHS Scotland for a number of years and has been involved in the development of tools that can be used by budget holders and procurement professionals to identify opportunities to save money and reduce their overall spend. In addition, a suite of reports for the purchasing system, used by all health boards, has also been developed.
Michael is a clinician software developer and junior medical doctor working in A&E. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2013 and completed his Foundation Training at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals. Whilst working on the Robotic Urology team, he was bitten by the “health tech bug” and took time out to complete a software development bootcamp. He is now exploring ways to use technology to solve some of the big problems in healthcare.
Calum is CEO and co-founder of Seed Haus and he has led investments in several high-growth tech startups and supported numerous founders, helping with product market fit, customer acquisition, and strategies for raising early stage capital. He holds a MSci(hons) from the University of Glasgow and a PhD from the University of Strathclyde and a position within Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde where he is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Enterprise Solutions programme.
Richmond is Service Manager at NHS Information Services Division responsible for Information Governance, Data Quality, Statistical Governance, Clinical Terminology, Open Data and Transforming Publications. His academic background is in information science.
Robert is Currently Head of Public Health Reform Policy in the Scottish Government. Responsible for the structural reform of the Scottish public health landscape, including the production of related high level priorities and the establishment of a new single body for public health.
Paul is Proficient, enthusiastic, hands on Business Intelligence Consultant with 15 years experience, currently running data consultancy company focusing on providing data engineering/BI expertise within healthcare. Experience includes BI strategic planning, multi disciplinary team/project management, pre-sales consulting, requirements gathering/ analysis, BI systems design/development, infrastructure implementation and system administration all utilising industry best practice.
Stuart is a Strategic Partnering Director with responsibility for the development of partnerships which enable the commercialisation of digital technologies and services in health and care identified by the DHI as potentially disruptive or having significant market potential. He's inspired by the strength of innovation in digital health and care within the Scottish academic and business communities and is delighted to be involved helping to make these ideas become reality.
Kirstin has previously worked in a range of roles with the NHS, worked on digital health projects in work and outside for fun and now works with a Scottish Government agency on health policy. She completed her PhD in Biochem umpteen years ago and enjoys poking around in data. She looks askance at unlabelled axes.
Areti is a health informatics researcher, applying artificial intelligence techniques to process- and coordination-related problems in healthcare. She also teaches courses that introduce medical students and professionals to data science.
Robert Rea is Head of Business Development for Scottish Health Innovations Ltd and holds a BSc (Hons) Developmental Biology, and a Ph.D in Biology. He completed post-doctoral research fellowships at Walter & Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne, Australia. After which he worked at the University of Queensland before becoming Automation Manager for Swedish biotech company Cellartis and he held the position of Business Development Executive at the University of St Andrews from 2013-2014.
Zahid actively works to increase citizen and third sector participation in innovative digital health and care. He is project director of ‘Our GP’, one of the largest co-design projects undertaken in Scotland, through which citizens and professionals collaborated to design future GP digital services. Zahid brings 15 years’ experience in digital and previously worked as a Policy Manager at the UK communications regulator, Ofcom and was the Scottish Government’s Head of Telecommunications Policy.