New York, New York – August 2013 —Ace Hotel New York has enlisted friends at Tumblr, the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Health Matters Initiative, Jawbone, Exhale and Sweetgreen to present a health-based codeathon, August 9-11. Building upon the powerful intersection of technology and health, the codeathon aims to spur innovation in the health and technology space and set a baseline standard for what a healthy codeathon environment should entail. Hosted by Ace Hotel, the event is Ace's first foray into the high-energy, high-impact world of marathon coding challenges.
Ace Hotel, Tumblr, the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, Jawbone, Exhale and Sweetgreen challenge interactive & game design master students from around the city to build a completely original and functional application prototype, based on one of the social determinants of health. The prototype can be web, mobile, or desktop-based, and can be developed via data sets, APIs, conceptually or through ideas of the developers' own device. For the first time, event partner Jawbone will allow exclusive access to its API for UP – the wristband and app system for better daily living – before opening it to the public later this year.
"We're excited to bring designers and hackers from the Tumblr community into the Ace Hotel to develop projects with health in mind." John Bunting, Lead API Engineer at Tumblr. "Tumblr has been a long supporter of tech communities developing on our API, and is proud to see these developers work together to do good in our hometown of New York City."
Participating programmers gain invaluable experience working alongside their software-savvy peers, and learn from critiques by a top-tier judge panel. The judges, led by New York's leading thinkers in games, tech, and health, review submissions based on six key criteria: playability, design, art, accomplishing the prompt, potential impact and each team’s health.
In keeping with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative's commitment to help Americans live healthier lives, the health-focused codeathon will incorporate healthy living throughout the event, including nutritious food options by Sweetgreen, opportunities to stretch and exercise, and a collaborative, supportive environment. As part of each team's health criteria, Jawbone will provide UP bands so participants can monitor their sleep patterns, steps taken and meals throughout the weekend, and organizers will factor each team's healthy habits into the judging. Exhale instructors will be leading all the stretch and physical activity breaks during the event. Bonus points will be awarded to the teams that maintain healthy habits during the frantic race to the finish line.
The codeathon will take place at Ace Hotel, located at 20 West 29 Street in New York City. Friday’s events kick off with a presentation from keynote speaker Jeremiah Robison, vice president of software at Jawbone. On Sunday, the events move to Ace Hotel New York’s lobby, where the teams will continue to develop their applications from 9am-5pm. Sunday's playtest session and judging panel are free and open to the public. A playtest session offers designers final feedback on their work before they make any last-minute changes. Winners will be announced that day and will receive a JAMBOX by Jawbone and complimentary classes by Exhale.
About Ace Hotel
Ace Hotel reinvents hospitality to make something fresh, energized and human. We embrace and re-imagine classic buildings and interesting opportunities, creating a sense of history and place that pairs the pragmatic with the romantic. Our hotels are inspired by an affinity for the soulful and fueled by localized and handmade culture. For more information go to acehotel.com.
Tumblr is a media network powered by an army of independent creators and home to an audience of more than 300 million unique visitors. Founded by David Karp in 2007, Tumblr is headquartered in New York City.
About the Clinton Health Matters Initiative
The Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), an initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, works to improve the health and well-being of people across the United States by activating individuals, communities, and organizations to make meaningful contributions to the health of others. CHMI works to implement evidence-based systems, environmental and investment strategies, with the goals of ultimately reducing the prevalence of preventable diseases, reducing health care costs associated with preventable diseases, and improving the quality of life for people across America. CHMI works to activate individuals to lead healthier lives by providing a platform to access local, scalable solutions for healthy change agents; advance community health by closing gaps in health disparities and focusing efforts in underserved areas; and, engage the private sector through pledges to improve the health and well-being of the nation. These successes are showcased each January at the Health Matters conference, where national thought leaders convene to discuss ways in which individuals, communities, and corporations can contribute to the health of others.
For more than a decade, Jawbone® has developed human-centered wearable technology and audio devices that solve everyday problems and help us live better. A 2010 IDSA Design of the Decade winner, the company is the creator of the best-selling JAMBOX® and BIG JAMBOX® wireless speakers, the award-winning Jawbone ERA® and ICON™ Bluetooth® headsets, and NoiseAssassin® technology. Jawbone’s approach to lifestyle tracking is unique, with over 240 patents filed related to UP® and its wearable technology manufacturing processes. Jawbone is privately held and headquartered in San Francisco.
Founded in 2002, exhale has earned a position as the leading lifestyle brand in the spa and wellbeing sector through award-winning mind body fitness classes, and best in class spa and healing therapies. Guests transform both mind and body with exhale’s Core Fusion and yoga programs – all exclusive to exhale. Whether it’s Core Fusion Barre, Boot Camp, Cardio, Sport or Yoga, exhale’s signature workout is sure to sculpt and lengthen muscles. A suite of 11 Core Fusion DVD’s allow guests to experience the power of exhale while they are at home or on the road.
Exhale’s complete menu of spa therapies and services allow guests to revive and restore in inspiring yet relaxing sanctuaries. Offering everything from facials to massages, waxing to healing, exhale perfectly leverages ancient and new spa practices alike. Bridal boot camps, wellbeing retreats and nutrition programming round out the wellbeing experience at exhale. Exhale is proud to offer 20 properties in 11 top markets and is always continuing to grow! Revive. Restore. Exhale. http://www.exhalespa.com
Founded in 2007, sweetgreen is a destination for delicious food that’s both healthy for you and aligned with your values. We source local and organic ingredients from farmers we know and partners we trust, supporting our communities and creating meaningful relationships with those around us. We exist to create experiences where passion and purpose come together.
Lisa Lavora, Ace Hotel, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503.367.9502
Leah Linder, Tumblr, email@example.com, 727.643.1134
The Clinton Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org, 212.348.0360
Keely Sulprizio, Jawbone, email@example.com, 415.230.7600 ext. 1719
Kim Kiernan, Exhale, firstname.lastname@example.org, 212.300.2311
Kyle Francis, Sweetgreen, email@example.com, 631.792.2780