Throughout Saturday and Sunday, the hackathon teams have access to support from mentors who will help them develop their ideas, making them stronger. Remember, there is £20,000 to be won tomorrow!
Read about some of our Health Hack mentors below:
Roger Dubar, Founder of Zapcoder
The forthcoming Zapcoder app lets anyone create games and apps on smartphones, tablets and PCs. It is being developed with awards from the Creative Scotland Innovation Fund and Scottish EDGE. Before that, Roger was a media and technology lawyer for leading firms in Edinburgh and London, and worked in-house for the BBC, ITV, TWI, ICL, Channel 5 and GMTV.
Aaron Bassett, Web-developer, Entrepreneur and Technology Strategist
Aaron is a co-founder of Level Up (Scotland) Limited as well as Senior Technical Lead at Twig World Ltd, an award winning Educational film production company. A vocal member of the development community Aaron regularly attends and speaks at local Tech meetups, Barcamps and Hacker weekends
Zoë Robertson, High Growth Business Adviser, Business Gateway, Glasgow City Council
Assisting ambitious young and existing companies with high growth aspirations to grow quickly and with a strong strategy, sales and marketing background, Zoë works with Glasgow Companies from a variety of industries including; Creative Industries, Financial Services, Food & Drink, Textiles, Construction, Oil and Gas and many more to develop and maximise their growth plans with access to funding, expertise and resources from a network of public sector organisations.
Lisha Sterling, Developer Co-ordinator, Geeks Without Bounds (GWOB)
Lisha is one of the three people on the leadership team at GWOB an accelerator for open source civic and humanitarian projects. Over her 20 year career she has been a software developer at companies such as Wells Fargo Bank, Amazon, and Cisco Systems. She has also worked with a range of startups helping to design and build minimum viable products, present ideas to investors, and help choose the core IT teams to move the project from inspiration to implementation.
In her role at GWOB, she mentors project teams, helps volunteers find inspiring projects, organizes hackathons, teaches workshops, writes code, and wrangles IT infrastructure. In the health arena she has supported projects involving medical devices, patient information sites, a site for communicating test results privately to patients, and a range of disaster-related incident triage projects.
Colin Birchenall, Lead Technology Architect, OPEN Glasgow
Colin is a team member of the Technology Strategy Board’s Future Cities Demonstrator Programme. Currently he is working specifically on the creation of Glasgow’s City Technology Platform. Prior to the Demonstrator programme Colin developed Glasgow City Council’s ICT Strategy (the “Connected Council”) and has provided technical assurance across a number of major technology-enabled programmes within Glasgow City Council.
Colin is interested in how the confluence of open data, the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, big data, mobile, and social media can be harnessed to empower communities across the city to improve the livelihood of Glaswegians, deliver better outcomes across the city, and at the same time enhance Glasgow’s reputation as a world-class city.
Michael Mearns, Graphic Designer at Glasgow City Council
Michael has obtained a BA Honours in Applied Graphic Technology (with multimedia) and he tells us that his career started freelancing and as a junior designer for Glasgow agency Citrus Green. He then went on to a role as Graphic Designer with Adeo Group before joining Glasgow City Council’s Education Services in 2008.
His current role as Graphic Designer sees him working on a wide range of projects including design for print, web, mobile, UX/UI, interactive learning materials and the occasional bit of video editing. When time allows he enjoys working on freelance and personal projects too.
Michael shares his reflections from attending the previous OPEN Glasgow hackathon, Hack 2 on the Energy theme:
“It was interesting at the last hackathon to see the teams develop their initial ideas into working prototypes and the design decisions they made along the way. Hopefully my skills as a designer can assist with some of these decisions and I’ll be available to bounce ideas off over the course of the event.”
Chris Howroyd, Design consultant, Howdu Ltd
Chris is a design thinker – passionate about products and services that make a difference to people’s lives. Specialises in untangling difficult issues in the health and wellbeing space.
Allan Lloyds, Founder of Insight Arcade
Allan, a tech startup enthusiast, founded a brokerage service called Insight Arcade which enables industry and individuals to source training. The company is presently based at TechCube/CodeBase in Edinburgh with support from the Bright Red Ventures incubator at Edinburgh Napier University. Since incorporating in 2012 the company has been through Entrepreneurial Spark, obtained growth pipeline and innovation voucher support, a Shell Livewire award and exhibitor placements at Engage Invest Exploit 2012 & 2013. Allan led the organising team for Glasgow Startup Weekend 2013 and is the curator for Startup Digest Scotland, a calendar and newsletter digest of startup events. He is currently organising the Crossover Edinburgh Summit, a series of events around learning technology. His background is in web development, with a focus on Ruby and web APIs.
Sarah Scace, Business Manager for Marketing & Projects at Launch.ed
Sarah started out as a self employed Digital Designer after graduating from the Ontatio College of Art and Design in Toronto, and after a stint as a Marketing Assisntant in a Micro Brewery. She then spent 5 years managing the Glasgow region of the Princes Scottish Youth Business Trust helping entrepreneurial young people under the age of 30 start up and continue in business. Sarah is now working at Launch.ed with innovative enterprising Students at the University of Edinburgh. Sarah loves social media, finding new ways to work collaboratively and promoting enterprise.
Also mentoring are:
Frankie Milligan, Senior Digital Officer, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
Broad experience in PR and Comms, including experience in Public Affairs at the WISE Group, specialising in Digital Media.
Kayleigh Lockhart, Digital Media Officer, Glasgow 2014
Delivering ticketing campaign. Digital Agency in background, Algiz.
John Carpenter, Director of Strategy, Ordnance Survey
8 years at Ordnance Survey, extensive experience in innovation and programmes, background in product management, and geography. “I like maps.”
Duncan Moss, Principal Consultant, Ordnance Survey
30 years at Ordnance Survey. Loves making sure all Ordnance Survey users understand and get the best from their products and services. Made sure the London 2012 Olympic Games were the most geospatially enabled games ever. “I love maps too.”
Magdalena Low, GI Consultant for Scotland, Ordnance Survey
10 years at Ordnance Survey. Surveying/cartography background, now supporting digital data for location analysis. Also sings for the City of Glasgow Chorus. “Me too!”