by: Tim Bredrup

Health 2.0 joins forces with AT&T to host SXSW’s official Mobile App Hackathon on Mar. 9, 2012. Health 2.0 and AT&T are challenging developers, UI/UX designers and researchers to build mobile health applications over the course of 24 hours at the downtown Austin Convention Center from Friday, Mar. 9 to Saturday, Mar. 10.

The Mobile App Hackathon will kick off at 6 p.m. on Mar. 9 with informative speakers and an idea pitch session. With the technical support of AT&T and the industry insight of Health 2.0, developers will then be given 24 intense hours to rapidly prototype health app concepts using AT&T’s healthcare APIs.

Health 2.0 and AT&T will review all health submissions but the judging panel will also include special celebrity guest, Chicago Bears seven-time Pro-Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs. In addition, the event will feature over $45,000 in cash and prizes — including HTC Jetstream tablets and Sierra Wireless 4G Elevate devices. The winner with the best health care app will also be showcased at Health 2.0 Spring Fling Matchpoint Boston and will automatically be entered as an AT&T funded startup as part of Startup Health’s Academy.

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