Nearly 450 participants help fight opioid epidemic at Code4PA

Nearly 450 technology professionals, addiction and recovery experts, college students, state leaders, and others helped make the Code4PA codeathon to address the opioid epidemic a success across the state last weekend.

The event, hosted by HU and the commonwealth, took place in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Participants were able to access opioid statistics from the state open data portal and other sources, as well as mobile, GIS and other technologies. They used the resources s to develop app prototypes, data visualizations, and other tools focused on prevention, rescue, and recovery.

Participants will introduce their projects on October 20, and winners will receive special recognition from the commonwealth.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services held an Opioid Symposium and Code-aThon last December that produced several promising app ideas, including a program to assist five states with prescription drug take-back programs and a model for real-time tracking of overdoses, according to Gov. Tom Wolf’s office. A code-a-thon event in Virginia generated other new ideas, including an app for youth and parents, and a financial dashboard to help direct federal grants to the most needed areas.

The Pennsylvania Office of Administration, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Code for Philly, Technology Council for Central PA, Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Heinz College/Carnegie Mellon University and industry sponsors provided the facilities, hardware, software, and other support for the event.

For more information about Code4PA, visit www.code4pa.tech.

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