The first ever New York Health Data Code-a-thon was a success! The code-a-thon was a part of NY Innovates, a four day event featuring a developers conference and a health data code-a-thon that explored the creative use of technology and data to solve the challenges of tomorrow.  It was held on December 19th and 20th at the Experimental Media Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in Troy, NY. The theme for the code-a-thon was “Healthy Connections = Healthy Communities.” Teams were given a day and a half to come up with ideas to help stem the twin epidemic of "obesity" and "diabetes." The goal was to leverage their own personal experiences, creativity, and design expertise, while engaging with health experts and open data leaders, to turn novel ideas into mobile/web-based tools that help New Yorkers take control of their health by linking them to resources within their communities. More information about the code-a-thon can be found here: http://www.health2con.com/devchallenge/new-york-state-health-data-code-a-thon/ 
Luminary talks were held concurrently with the code-a-thon. The luminary talks focused on the importance of open data on the health community; critical on-going work by health professionals within New York State's communities; and how health plans, health care providers and local businesses are doing their part to encourage healthy behaviors among New Yorkers. The agenda for the luminary talks can be found here: http://www.health2con.com/devchallenge/new-york-state-health-data-code-a-thon/#agenda