September 25, 2015
Sep 25

Clinton Health Matters Initiative, The Women’s Heart Alliance & California State University, Los Angeles Host Codeathon Focused on Women’s Heart Health

Los Angeles, CA
Press Release

Codeathon to inspire app geared toward women’s unique heart disease signs and symptoms 

Los Angeles – The Clinton Health Matters Initiative, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, is co-hosting the “Fight the Ladykiller” Codeathon with The Women’s Heart Alliance and Cal State LA October 2-4, 2015. This event will challenge college student developers and designers to build original and innovative prototypes of an app geared toward helping young women decrease their risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Industry leaders from the tech, design, and health fields will mentor participants and select the winning prototype after each team presents its ideas at the close of the event. The winning team will have an opportunity to hone its prototype and develop it with the help and guidance of the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative, The Women’s Heart Alliance, and staff and faculty from Cal State LA.

The codeathon follows a series of successful CHMI codeathons during the past two years and is part of a larger collaboration between the three organizations to reduce women’s cardiovascular disease (CVD) and its precursors in young women. Although the primary target audience for this effort is college-going women, the partners also hope to engage families, campus communities and healthcare professionals in reducing the risks to young women through prevention and awareness.

Judges include Josh Brener, Actor, HBO’s Silicon Valley; Karol Watson, Director, UCLA Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Health Program; Dr. Lynn Mahoney, Provost, Cal State LA; and Dr. David Hossain, Special Assistant to the President, Cal State LA College of Business & Economics.  

The codeathon will also incorporate healthy-living principles during the event by providing nutritious food options as well as stretch and exercise breaks led by Cal State LA's Xtreme Fitness Center staff.

On Monday, October 5, 2015, CHMI and its partners will be hosting a women’s heart health screening on campus, where students will have the opportunity to get screened by health professionals and learn about heart-healthy behaviors that lower heart disease risk. The event will feature a panel discussion with leaders in the field.

The public is invited to attend final codeathon presentations in the Theater of the University Student Union at Cal State LA on Sunday, October 4, at 3:00 PM PST, after which the winning team will be announced. If you are interested in covering this event, or have questions for the Clinton Health Matters Initiative or our partner organizations, please email [email protected].