It has been brought to my attention that transparency of ownership and intent has been an issue in previous hack-a-thon events, and I wanted to take a moment to address that concern.
Our goal with this event is to put southeast Wisconsin on the map as a place where innovation thrives, regardless of organization type. Diversity of approach is vital to generating a creative ecosystem, which is one of BuildHealth’s primary aims. But in order for there to be a diverse community, there has to be transparency and trust.
The health care data sets BuildHealth will be providing will be drawn from the Health and Human Services website (Right here!) and they are fully public for all to use. A major goal of ours is to maximize community potential and to ensure the generated innovations are spread as far and wide as possible. We are not looking to created walled gardens or enrich one entity on the backs of altruistic work.
That said, if you are a private interest looking for talent or hoping to kickstart inspiration, we definitely encourage and invite you to participate in our event. We want ALL hands on deck for this. This is about community in space and time, not dislocated niche interest or favoring one demographic over another.
Therefore, one of our major requests is that all intentions are made clear up front. Trust starts with transparency.