Palm Coast's inaugural Tech Beach Hackathon kicked off on Friday, January 17 with a star-studded affair dedicated to highlighting the City's Innovation District and upcoming MedNex partnership with University of North Florida, AdventHealth and others.
Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland begun by welcoming the Hackathon contestants and guests and talking about how important it is to bring problem solvers together in Palm Coast. She was followed by UNF President David Symanski who talked about his university's MedNex concept and the importance of their partnership with Palm Coast. Dr. Tom LoBasso of Daytona State College then spoke about the many challenges of the healthcare industry and how education is incredibly capable of meeting those challanges. Jacob Oliva, Chancellor of the Florida Department of Education talked about how proud he was of his home of Palm Coast and creating the alignment between K-12 education and the jobs of tomorrow. Lynette Shott of Flagler County Schools talked about creating a culture of innovation as opposed to just moments of innovation. Jo-Anne King of Coastal Cloud brought up the many hurdles she saw in her time working at AdventHealth and how Salesforce (and its HealthCloud app) looks to clear those hurdles. Finally, Tim Hale of Coastal Cloud spoke of the pride he has in Palm Coast and the amazing growth he's seen in his city in the years since he and his wife Sara moved their company here.
The Techbeach Hackathon continues through Sunday 1/19.
For more information, please visit TechBeachHackathon.com