Bradford Student Chapter – Data Dive Health Hack

The University of Bradford student chapter organised the Yorkshire Health Open Data Dive on the topic of healthcare which was held on Saturday November 28 2015.

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Rob Norvill, chair of the University of Bradford student chapter reports, “The DigiCatYorks Data Dive event went extremely well and we were very pleased to host our friends from the Leeds Beckett student chapter again. On the day, the student attendees were split into a Bradford team and a Leeds team. Once work was under way the teams started working with the datasets that were kindly provided by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (

Data Dive 2

At the end of the day both teams were assessed by a panel of judges with various backgrounds ranging from G.P.s to local business owners and current health care students as well as academics. Each judge was able to bring their own unique perspective to the event which was something we very much hoped would be the case.

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This meant the prototypes could be assessed from a technical point of view as well as how accessible it was to potential end users. The teams were able to spend upwards of 40 minutes with the judges to discuss and get feedback on the prototypes they had developed. This means that the possibility of developing the prototypes into something more in the future is very real. It was also a hugely positive experience for the students to be able to get such direct feedback and contact with the kinds of people that may very well employ them in the future. Personally, I am always very pleased to see the students from our Yorkshire universities impressing industry figures with their technical abilities.”

Many thanks to the judges for their time and expertise and congratulations to all the participants on their hard work. Health and Social Care is one of the BCS Challenges coming next year so it’s great to see chapters already engaging with this topic and making IT good for society.