36 Hour Hackathon Organized To Help Veterans With PTSD

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Inviting the best and the brightest + computer science students (undergraduate through postgraduate) along with several corporate teams, to focus on creating mobile solutions for vets with PTSD

(PTSD) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a major challenge for the VA and the nation as a result of decades of conflict. Veterans continue to suffer from access and treatment issues despite the significant research and programs developed by DoD and the VA. PTSD is a chronic medical condition that follows exposure to traumatic or life-threatening events, such as combat and assault. Up to 3.6 million veterans experience flashbacks, poor concentration, insomnia, anger, and exaggerated responses to triggers, which can lead to alcohol and drug abuse, and suicide.

Longview International Technology Solutions, an innovative leader in healthcare IT in the federal sector, has organized a 36 hour hackathon that will take place starting on September 25th by invitings some of the country's most talented computer science students (undergraduate through postgraduate) along with several corporate teams, to focus their imagination and skills on creating mobile solutions for veterans with PTSD. The event will be held at NOVA Annandale, Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community Colleges (NVCC) at 8333 Little River Turnpike Annandale, VA 22003. See details at http://www.hackdc.com

Dr. Yan Chow, Longview’s Chief Innovation Officer commented: “The spirit of this hackathon is not to produce a specific solution, but to leverage an ecosystem of innovators to address many of the needs faced by veterans with PTSD. Those need include, but not limited to:

  • Improve access to therapy, both in-person and virtual
  • Expand current therapeutic approaches
  • Implement monitoring, feedback, alerts and reminders
  • Assist with activities of daily living
  • Enable and empower social support

Dr. Hon Pak, Longview’s Chief Medical Officer offered: “Longview’s hackathon, organized in coordination with the VA, will harness the ideas and creativity from a larger community of developers and innovators outside the federal commercial process. Sometimes bringing in fresh eyes and ideas creates an atmosphere for creativity to persevere in finding new ways to combat PTSD and improve its management. We will provide a mobile software development environment,originally developed for the VA, as well as leading-edge hardware and software tools that can be incorporated into the participant’s solutions if desired. Developers will have access to tools and a set of open VA systems that have not been easily available to the public before. Our veterans deserve the best. Hopefully by gathering the best and brightest young minds at our hackathon---we will be one step closer to developing real-time solutions and relief for the millions who suffer from this debilitating condition.”

Longview International Technology solutions (Longview) is an award-winning multi-ISO/CMMI appraised and service-disabled veteran-owned enterprise that provides trusted , world-class health care and security consulting services and solutions in an increasing complex world. The company’s deep expertise in technology and analytics is valued by a broad range of clients that range from cabinet-level departments of the U.S. government to the largest federal IT contractors in the world.

For more information contact
David Burd, 301 661 8542 or davidburd(at)longviewinc(dot)com

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