This past February, SRS Health sponsored its third annual hackathon. Hackathons are the proving grounds for new ideas. These events stimulate creativity and encourage risk-taking to develop innovative solutions to new or persistent problems.This year’s hackathon was organized around the theme of Data Revolution, and when you think about it, there’s a revolutionary quality to the very idea of hackathons. The word “hackathon” is a portmanteau of the words “hack” and “marathon,” where “hack” is used in the sense of exploratory programming. It’s this exploratory aspect of hackathons that enables participants to be super creative, push boundaries, think outside-of-the-box and develop revolutionary ideas. We solicit ideas from customers and SRSers that can range from practical enhancements to futuristic solutions for tomorrow’s problems.
At SRS Health, we’ve noticed some strong benefits to running hackathons:
- Feedback – If our product is going to help solve your problems, we need to know what those problems are. Hackathons allow us to discover problems and explore solutions.
- Engagement – Hackathons build team and community spirit. Participants have fun, and they get a chance to collaborate with others with whom they don’t typically work with on a daily basis.
- Diversity – Having a wide range of participants generates a variety of fresh perspectives, both on existing problems and for future possibilities.
The result? An event filled with fun, high-energy, free food, great ideas, engaging presentations and amazingly talented people. There are a number of concepts that we are very excited about and could make its way into future editions of our products.
So, if you have a revolutionary idea that you’d like to see become part of our product—or even just an evolutionary step that fixes a chronic problem—let us know about it. It may be the perfect candidate for our next hackathon. The truth is, we all want to change the world of healthcare, and we’d love to explore and define that future together with you!
Ryan began his career as a Software Engineer for Pitney Bowes/Map Info building early location-aware web services and solutions. Since joining the SRS Health team in 2005, Ryan has held multiple engineering, architecture and management roles in the Product Development organization. Over his 12-year tenure with SRS, Ryan has helped lead the Development organization through a number of growth cycles and evolutions, most recently being the organization’s transition to Agile development. He is passionate about building strategies and solutions that have a big impact on the lives of the specialists we serve, as well as their patients, and believes this is achieved through a commitment to collaboration among clients, strategic partners, and the SRS team. He regularly attends industry trade shows, conferences, and commercial engagements where he represents the company’s product vision and strategy. Ryan received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences from Sienna College.
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