Building A Culture of Innovation

In February 2016, in an effort to develop brain health innovations for veterans experiencing mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, Booz Allen leveraged relationships with its San Francisco and Austin iHub co-working locations—Galvanize and Capital Factory—to host, with the Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation/MyVA Partnerships, the #VABrainTrust Hackathon, together with veterans, caregivers, clinicians, data scientists, and others.

Booz Allen’s data curation platform, provided hackathon participants with datasets categorized by the hackathon themes: community reintegration, rehabilitation, and diagnostics. Throughout the weekend, teams developed and pitched ideas and presented them to the judges. Twenty projects were created, including: using Twitter bots for suicide prevention and intervention, creating online communities for service members to find jobs and reintegrate into society, developing platforms for clinicians to provide qualified veteran medical referrals, and using wearable devices to monitor and improve sleep patterns and attentiveness.

Download the full PDF of the 2016 Impact Report.

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