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      November 16, 2013 - November 17, 2013

      Saturday   9:00 AM - Sunday 6:30 PM

      620 Folsom St
      San Francisco, California 94105

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      Highground Hackathon - Mental Health

      You are invited to the next hackathon from the Highground Hackers! This event is focused on Mental Health issues - finding creative solutions from the most creative minds in the Bay Area - yours!

      As with all of our hackathons, we take challenging issues and provide you with experts in the field to tackle them.  For this challenge, the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), the leading academic institution on holistic Mental Health, will be on the ground as mentors, educators, and consultants to you as you build your solutions.

      Hack for Good and Win CASH - $1,500!!

      Our friends at the Technology Credit Union have generously sponsored a cash prize for the winning application developed.  $1,500 for the winning hacker or team of hackers!!

      Bring your own project*, or work directly with researchers, lecturers, and other experts to create real solutions to important issues.  This is all brought to bare to enable you to build the most effective apps possible in what promises to be an exciting weekend.

      The event is sponsored by Accenture and will be held at the Rackspace co-working space Geekdom, food and drinks will be provided.  You'll have power, wi-fi, and a great place to meet other hackers and build cool stuff.

      To provide you with some background, CIIS have broken down the field into specific problem statements below.  Leading up to the event, we will be adding introductory videos, the first of which are linked to below.

      Example Problem Statements with Introductory Videos

      Here is a list of the types of problems within the field of Mental Health where software engineering and social hacks can really help.

      1. Suicide

      In many instances a suicide attempt is a call for help.  We need mechanisms for immediate and human-powered crisis intervention.

      2. Mental Health Assessment - Introductory Video

      Professor Mark Fromm

      Children and adults who are in crisis need to be identified in order to be supported with help and services. Those who are un-identified risk falling through the cracks.

      3. Trauma Response - Introductory Video

      Professor Jennifer Wells

      People who have experienced trauma tend to be hyper-alert to a repeat performance and create stories around an issue or person, hurting any chance of healing or release, and causing violent outbursts.

      4. Violence Prevention in Youth - Introductory Video

      Professor Phil Weglarz

      In 2010, 1 in 6 youths reported being victims of violence online; 7% of teachers that year reported being physically attacked by students; that same year, 1 in 5 12 to 18 year olds reported the presence of gangs in their schools.  There are a number of prevention strategies recommended that we will explore to prevent violence.

      5. Mental Health and Gun Violence Reduction - Introductory Video

      Professor Richard Buggs

      20% of the American population seek mental health help relating to stress, sleep deprivation, depression. Schizophrenia impacts approximately 1% of the population and can cause the sufferer to lose touch with reality and is terrifying for the victim. Bi-polar disease affects mood, energy, etc. Both of these conditions have treatments and medications available.

      6. Mental Health and Data - Introductory Video

      Professor Daniel Deslauriers

      Data should not solely be considered as an archival entiy.  A tremendous amount of data is generated in real time with each human interaction.  This data, interpreted and drawn from human expressions, gestures, vocabulary, and tonality, etc. can be used to understand the state of the people engaged.

      7. Domestic Violence

      In some people anxiety can provoke an aggressive and violent response. Aggression and violence may not be "common" in those with anxiety, but they're very real and can be extremely problematic for those that suffer from them.

      8. Isolation - Introductory Video

      Professor Craig Chalquist

      When a person is emotionally isolated, they keep their feelings completely to themselves, are unable to receive emotional support from others, “shut down” or feel numb, and cannot or do not communicate with others. Breaking a cycle of isolation is a difficult but necessary part of recovery from emotional distress.

      9. Preventative Technology - Introductory Video

      Annabel Mangold

      90% of all doctor’s visits are scheduled because of stress-related symptoms and over a million smartphones are activated each day. So, stress is at an all-time high and the ubiquity of smartphones has created a huge opportunity. Before stress becomes chronic, or triggers a more severe mental condition, how can we utilize existing systems or create new applications which help us live more balanced lives?

      10. Inner Critic/Super Ego - Introductory Video

      Rebecca Elliot

      Super Egos are powered by aggression and can cause depression, low self-esteem, self-justified blaming that can lead to violence, isolation issues, narcissism and racism.

      Inspirational Talks

      There will also be inspirational talks at the event for a quick break from the keyboard.

      Merlin’s New iPhone: New Inventions Meet Old Tales
      Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.
      Department Chair, East-West Psychology
      California Institute of Integral Studies

      A new device doesn’t drop into the world entirely premade, but packed with ancient images, stories, and bits of lore. Attend this presentation to hear some parallels between the technologies of today and the ancient myths that foreshadowed them. Consciousness of the fantasies that cling to our machines could make the difference between owning and being owned by them, loss of human potential and its amplification into possibilities for a bright new future.

      Craig Chalquist, PhD is department chair of East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. A lecturer and graduate instructor, he has also written several books on the intersections between mind, myth, culture, and world.


      Human Flourishing
      Meg Jordan, PhD, RN, CWP
      Department Chair, Integrative Health Studies
      California Institute of Integral Studies

      An inescapable paradox of the 21st century is that the faster we go, the more we rely on presence as the quality that gets us by. Yet how do you cultivate crazy-slow wisdom in an accelerated era? Can the pressure for higher performance and productivity co-exist with the essential human desires for happiness, contentment and social belonging? This presentation on Human Flourishing will explore the relationship between mental activity and physiological responses, and review recent neuroscientific findings that prove the power of positivity.

      High Functioning Teams
      Rebecca Elliott, MA
      Executive Coach and Consultant
      Elliott Coaching

      High functioning work teams sometimes just happen, and great things are accomplished.  Personalities seem to click.  Other times it’s hard to get where another is coming from, and the disconnects can impede progress.  What gives?  We’ve heard of introverts and extraverts, but psychoanalyst Carl Jung develops this with 4 primary versions of introverts and extraverts.  With an easy way to visually remember basic personality distinctions, this presentation reveals how the types see each other, leading to “aha” understandings, cultivating stronger communications and interpersonal effectiveness.

      *Only applications built from scratch at the hackathon are eligible for the cash prize.

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