Technology Association of Georgia
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 14, 2015
Technology Association of Georgia, University System of Georgia and Technical College of Georgia to Host
H.I.T. Hack Challenge Invitational, powered by TAG Hacklab
Students Will Compete to Solve Healthcare’s Most Pressing Technology Challenges
ATLANTA (September 14, 2015) – The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, in partnership with the University System of Georgia (USG) and Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), today announced that it will host its first ever, Health Informatics Hackathon Invitational, which will begin on September 14th and run until October 29th.
The event is expected to draw teams of student programmers, entrepreneurs and change agents from USG, TCSG and other post-secondary institutions across the state to compete for prizes, while completing projects related to healthcare’s most pressing technology challenges.
“Georgia is often referred to as the health information technology capital of the U.S., and jobs in this field are in high demand,” said Tino Mantella, TAG President. “This hackathon will expose Georgia post-secondary students to real-word challenges and opportunities in health IT. Using our new TAG Hacklab program, we are excited to plan, promote and execute this program on behalf of USG and TCSG.”
Student teams will develop solutions from a list of challenges related to connected healthcare, personal healthcare records, patient engagement and other issues impacting healthcare in the U.S. today. Georgia post-secondary institutions will be invited to host their own campus-wide competitions and then submit their top teams for judging by October 23rd. The selected finalists will present their projects at the Health IT Leadership Summit in Atlanta on November 3rd. Judges will include representatives from the USG, TCSG, clinical services, Georgia healthcare technology companies and others.
“Health informatics is one of the fastest growing fields, and Georgia is a leading state in this field,” Said Ben Robinson, Executive Director of the Center for Health Workforce for the University System of Georgia. “The wealth of talent seen in the students and faculty of the state’s post-secondary education systems suggests that Georgia should be able to work with business, industry and providers in the healthcare sector to keep Georgia ahead of other states in health informatics for the long term. And this is just the beginning.”
“With this program, we hope to inspire students’ interest in pursuing health information careers and encourage prospective students to take advantage of the free tuition the state offers for enrolling in some health IT programs ,” said Dr. Kathryn Hornsby, Assistant Commissioner of Technical Education, Technical College System of Georgia. “By partnering with TAG and the University System to promote the Hackathon, we will draw attention to the many career opportunities available in this exciting, growing field in Georgia.”
Teams interested in competing in the USG/TCSG Health Informatics Hackathon can get more information by visiting http://bit.ly/HIThack.
About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 28,000 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 34 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG’s community website at www.hubga.com. To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative, visit http://www.tagedonline.org/.
About The University System of Georgia (USG)
The University System is composed of 30 higher education institutions including four research universities, four comprehensive universities, nine state universities and 13 state colleges. Distributed across the state, these institutions are accessible to students from anywhere in the state, providing high quality education for Georgia residents. It also includes the Georgia Public Library System, which encompasses approximately 389 facilities within the 61 library systems throughout the State of Georgia.
About the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG)
The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers. TCSG offers world-class training in 600 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs to students who are trained on state-of-the-art equipment by instructors who are experts in their fields. TCSG also partners with expanding and locating companies through Quick Start, the nation’s top customized workforce training program, and through its individual colleges, who work with local industry to provide workforce and training solutions. Visit www.tcsg.edu for more information.