November 12, 2013
Nov 12

Ace Hotel, the Clinton Foundation, Tumblr & Jawbone Host November Codeathon Focused on Health

New York, NY
Press Release

New York, New York –  Following a successful series of codeathon events this year, Ace Hotel, the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), Gigit, Jawbone, Sweetgreen, and Tumblr, present the final health-based codeathon for 2013 on November 15-17 to create digital tools to help people eat better. Building upon the powerful intersection of technology and data, the event aims to spur innovation in the health and technology space and set the standard for what a healthy codeathon environment should entail.

Hosted at Ace Hotel New York, the codeathon challenges interactive and 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, such as sleep or stress, proposed by CHMI. 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.

To support the codeathon series and the work of developers worldwide, Jawbone has opened its UP API and Platform to the public after several months of invitation-only access to a select group of developers, and to participants of last month's codeathon. Now, any developer can connect people using UP to other products and services, or create entirely new apps and experiences utilizing data from UP. Once again, Jawbone will provide UP bands to codeathon participants, allowing them to them monitor their sleep patterns, steps taken, and meals throughout the weekend in an effort to support healthy habits.

Participating programmers gain invaluable experience working alongside their 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 the six key criteria: playability, design, art accomplishing the prompt, potential impact, and each team’s health.

In keeping with CHMI’s commitment to help Americans live healthier lives, the health- focused codeathon will incorporate healthy living throughout the event, including nutritious food options provided by Sweetgreen, opportunities to stretch and exercise, and a collaborative, supportive environment. As part of each team’s health criteria, information on each team’s healthy habits will be gathered from UP bands provided by Jawbone, and factored into the judging. Bonus points will be awarded to the teams that maintain healthy habits during the high-energy race to the finish line.

On Saturday and Sunday, teams will develop their applications. Sunday’s playtest session and judging panel, following a full day of developing, are free and open to the public. The playtest session offers designers final feedback on their work before they make any final changes. Winners will be announced that day.

On January 10 – 12  2014, Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs will host a codeathon in conjunction with the 2014 Health Matters Conference.

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About Ace Hotel

Ace Hotel reinvents hospitality to make something fresh, energized and human. We embrace and reimagine 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

About Gigit

Gigit is a marketplace to discover and book live music quickly and easily. The curated platform enhances discovery with a collection of trending artists as well as search and booking tools designed for both event planners and the average fan who want to book a band in minutes not months. For event producers and brands, Gigit’s business tools support audience engagement, user generated content around an event, and essential analysis and ROI of your live music events. 

About Jawbone

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.

About Sweetgreen

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.

About Tumblr

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.

Press Contacts:

Lisa Lavora, Ace Hotel, [email protected], 503.367.9502

Leah Linder, Tumblr, [email protected], 727.643.1134

The Clinton Foundation, [email protected], 212.348.0360

Keely Sulprizio, Jawbone, [email protected], 415.230.7600 ext. 1719

Kyle Francis, Sweetgreen, [email protected], 631.792.2780

Paul Beahan, Gigit, [email protected]