App development challenges, particularly in healthcare, are becoming increasingly popular. The most recent to jump into the fray is Health 2.0’s Hokie Health Code-a-thon, to be held April 13-14 in Blacksburg, Virginia.

This two day competition challenges multidisciplinary teams to come up with apps that enhance care quality, safety and efficiency. Much like other app challenges, this contest will require teams to develop prototypes of the apps they are creating and will be given the opportunity to show off their product.

They have also lined up a pretty impressive group of speakers to provide insight into everything from projections of the future of the industry to advice on how to “start” a startup.

The competition will begin with a keynote speech given on the first day by the White House’s former Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra. Chopra, the former Virginia Secretary of Technology, will be there making, among other things, a pitch that the innovators in the competition should set up shop in Virginia.

The challenge will award the grand prize winner $2,500 and five runner-up projects will receive $500 each. The first day will feature a number of expert speakers, including the previously mentioned Aneesh Chopra (“Innovation in Health IT”), Greg Downing (“Big Data in Health IT”), Matthew Holt (“Commercializing Health IT”) and Eric Ries (“Launching a Lean Startup”).

The second day will be filled with teams coding and presenting their prototypes. The day culminates with a live judging session and the awards ceremony.

Indu Subaiya, Co-Chairman and CEO of Health 2.0 explains her reasoning for the challenge.

“We’re excited to bring this developer challenge to the Roanoke Blacksburg region, home to world-class universities, medical schools, health systems and highly trained software, hardware and other technology professionals. These institutions and individuals understand the inefficiencies plaguing the health system and the power of technology to solve those problems. We look forward to seeing their innovative solutions in action.”

Sources: Health 2.0 and Press Release