MedHelp Hosts Inaugural “Hacking Health” Hackathon, Encourages Devs to Continue Hacking Post-Developer Week

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After Developer Week concludes, developers from all over the Bay Area will convene at MedHelp’s San Francisco headquarters Feb. 8-10 to build on MedHelp’s new health API

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MedHelp, the world’s largest online health community and the world’s largest repository of self-reported medical data, is opening its doors to developers interested in health that can still hack it for one more weekend after Developer Week concludes. MedHelp is hosting its first ever “Hacking Health” hackathon Friday, February 8, 2013 through Sunday, February 10, 2013 at MedHelp’s headquarters in San Francisco, California. In this sold-out event, more than seventy developers and designers from all over the Bay Area will collaborate and compete to build the most creative and innovative technology solutions on MedHelp’s newly-launched health data platform.

MedHelp’s health API gives third-party developers the opportunity to tap into MedHelp’s millions-strong user community, its more than 100 million self-reported medical data points, and integrated health device partners including Zeo, Withings, and Fitbit. This gives developers a world-class health data framework on which to build, and instant access to an engaged and targeted audience, allowing them to quickly add value to a burgeoning health data ecosystem. Participants are encouraged to be creative in their developments—web applications, mobiles applications, robots or anything else they can dream up are welcome.

“The ‘Hacking Health’ Hackathon is a fun way to introduce MedHelp’s health API, get to know the Bay Area developer community, and better understand how they will use the API,” said Khaled Hassounah, MedHelp’s CTO. “We’re very excited to see what the developers’ and designers’ innovative imaginations will produce in such a challengingly limited amount of time.”

Teams of up to four participants will spend all day and night for a total of 24 hours developing their technology solutions for MedHelp’s health API. Each team will have the chance to demo their creations following the conclusion of the hackathon on Sunday. An all-star panel of judges—Canaan Partner’s Ross Fubini, 100Plus’s CEO and Co-Founder Chriss Hogg, and MedHelp’s Hassounah—will review the apps and award fame, fortune, and swag to first-, second-, and third-place teams. The submissions will be judged on the following criteria: innovation and ambition, user interface and experience, overall quality, quality of impact, and use of presented technology.

Highlights of MedHelp’s “Hacking Health” Hackathon include an idea-pitching happy hour on Friday evening with pre-dinner nosh and libations; music by DJ Fishstixx; a steady supply of caffeine and a variety of eats for carnivores and vegetarians alike; and more. Event sponsor Food Essentials will also open up their API for teams who wish to leverage both MedHelp’s and Food Essentials’ platforms to develop their submission.

Online tools and resources are available through MedHelp’s developer portal at

For more information, check out and follow @MedHelpHapi for real-time updates during the “Hacking Health” Hackathon.

About MedHelp
As the world’s largest online health community, 12 million unique users turn to MedHelp each month to achieve better health. With communities providing support for more than 300 conditions, forums that connect users to doctors across the country, and partnerships with leading medical institutions including 7 of the 10 top U.S. hospitals, MedHelp provides unparalleled access to information and advice tailored to consumers’ personal health needs. MedHelp's suite of 50 online health tools, award-winning mobile apps, and seamless integration with numerous health devices create a robust destination for consumers to engage with and track their health. By closely connecting experts, support communities, information and health tools, MedHelp empowers millions of people to be their healthiest each and every day. For more information, visit

About FoodEssentials
FoodEssentials is a young and vibrant company developing best of breed technologies to solve problems related to food label data for consumers, manufacturers, retailers, and the government. Our LabelAPI allows developers to access the world's most powerful product label database to build creative, powerful, and innovative solutions utilizing our data.

The FoodEssentials team is a fine balance of product knowledge, technological expertise and creativity. We are headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and have personnel based in Australia, Europe, and Asia. FoodEssentials is a truly international, modern and exciting young company leveraging best of breed technologies for both data, communications and management processes. Everyone in the team is motivated by the potential for FoodEssentials to make a difference in how people choose foods. For more information, visit

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