Girls in Tech, McKesson Kick Off Hackathon to Develop Healthcare Solutions For Black Women
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Girls in Tech, McKesson Kick Off Hackathon to Develop Healthcare Solutions For Black Women

Global non-profit Girls in Tech is partnering with McKesson, a healthcare distribution and technology solutions company, for a hackathon.

According to PR Newswire, the international event was assembled to design innovative solutions for those impacted by breast cancer. Participants are encouraged to develop a mobile application that addresses systemic challenges that prevent women of color from receiving breast cancer treatment, help breast cancer patients and caregivers find reliable and credible information, and monitor ongoing activities related to breast cancer.

“It’s a priority for Girls in Tech to raise awareness for breast cancer by mobilizing our community to develop tech solutions for this disease,” said Adriana Gascoigne, founder and CEO of Girls in Tech. “This tech challenge will do just that, as we encourage the development of tools to promote prevention, monitor treatments, and address health disparities especially for women of color.”

Following the hackathon, McKesson will work with the winners to utilize the idea on a social mobile platform for the McKesson Cause Network. As a result, McKesson employees who are interested in sharing information and resources can access the app to help those affected by cancer.

“We believe better cancer care is possible by using technology to build more equitable and easily accessible channels to patients and families in all communities,” said Nancy Flores, executive vice president, chief information and chief technology officer for McKesson. “We are proud to work with Girls in Tech to support the McKesson Cause Network in creating innovative digital solutions that will make a difference in our patients’ lives.”

Submissions are now open through Oct. 9. Additionally, judging will occur Oct. 12-30. The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize. More details, including eligibility requirements, can be found here.