GE and MGH Hold Hackathon to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Two NEC members, General Electric (GE) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), a part of Partners Healthcare, are joining together to hold a hack-a-thon next month to develop possible solutions to the opioid epidemic. The event is part of GE’s $50 million in donations to Boston issues and programs following the company’s move to the city, $15 million of which is devoted to healthcare.

MGH and GE will bring together 250 individuals for three days in early September to work in groups to each pitch 12 ideas for helping address the opioid epidemic. Five winners will receive $1,000 and 90 days of support from GE and non-GE staff, after which one will be chosen as the grand prize winner and given $10,000.

“Here we’re coming to Boston,” David Barash of GE said. “It’s an important move for us and the city and it’s important for us to be engaged in community health. It’s aligned with our business to make the community a stronger community, and focusing on the opioid epidemic has that opportunity for us.”

The New England Council proud of this collaborative effort between GE and MGH that will make a significant impact on the opioid epidemic.

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