Life on Albany Hackathon

Three portraits from the Life on Albany Gallery

Hackathons are traditionally considered to be an event, often lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming. The Activist Lab is applying that concept to real-world activism in public health.

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When: Saturday, December 2 from 9 am – 5:30 pm
Where: BU Medical Campus, Hiebert Lounge
Who: Boston University Graduate Students

The topic of the day will be Safe Injection Sites in the City of Boston.

The morning session will be an exploration of the pros and cons of this current and important issue.  Several panelists with expertise on the issue will share their varying perspectives about it followed by an opportunity for panelists to circulate among the participants, who will be encouraged to interview the panelists, probing more deeply than a large group conversation can allow.

The goal of the afternoon session will be to explore how to implement a public health related intervention.  Specifically, we will provide participants to come up with concrete ideas and solutions for the following topics:

  • Strategy for funding and sustainability
  • Site selection
  • Engagement of stakeholders
  • Marketing
  • Technology (as a way of improving function of the site)
  • Safety (of clients, staff, community)

Participants will work in teams, with available technical consultants, to develop and present plans to achieve the goals of the project related to their specific topic.  A couple of weeks after the Hackathon, we will have a meeting in which we will present the recommendations to MA Commissioner of Public Health Monica Bharel and Executive Director of BPHC, Monica Valdes Lupi.  Participating students, faculty, and staff will be invited to attend.

In the Activist Lab, we believe that it’s not enough to just think about the issues, you have to take a stand and act. Following the Hackathon, a meeting will be held in which we will present the recommendations to MA Commissioner of Public Health Monica Bharel and Executive Director of BPHC, Monica Valdes Lupi. Participating students, faculty, and staff will be invited to attend.