A hackathon is any event of any duration where people come together to solve problems. Hacking involves finding creative solutions to problems. It does not have to include technology. The COBRE on Opioids and Overdose’s Hackathon is meant to gather community members, students, and professionals to brainstorm innovative solutions to the opioid crisis.
Our goal for this hackathon was to inspire individuals to come together and change the course of the devastating opioid and overdose crisis in Rhode Island. This is a particularly complex challenge, and we were ecstatic when people from so many different professional backgrounds mingled and worked together to formulate solutions to combat the opioid epidemic. For this hackathon, we encouraged participants to stimulate conversations, share ideas, and form collaborations to address one or a combination of three different topic areas:
- Community strategy for opioid overdose—an idea for the community that focuses on a community-based problem related to opioid overdose
- Healthcare solutions to opioid overdose—an idea that addresses a problem of the healthcare system or healthcare setting related to opioid overdose
- Policy solutions to opioid overdose—an idea that addresses a drug policy or health policy problem related to opioid overdose
We are excited to learn and grow from this experience and make the 2021 COBRE Hackathon an even bigger success. See you in 2021!!
A special recognition and congratulations to our winners!