Having worked on the Hammersmith & Fulham hackathon planning for a while. I took a few days after the event to reflect on what was achieved and how important the event was.

Obesity is on the rise and childhood obesity is a national conversation we need more of. As part of NHS Englands commitments for this year obesity is on the top of their list.

I am going to look at what the hackathon movement in healthcare is doing for how services are thought out and how they are empowering the people. Democracy + Hope.


Hackathon events allow democracy for everyone that comes to get their ideas heard and presented which traditionally have people in office blocks coming up with the “aha” we should build this/ commission this etc. By bringing a diverse group of people together from all walks of life we will allow disruptive thinking to enter into environments.

With my role in NHS England, under the Horizons team, I had the privilege of work with Public Health England and Hammersmith & Fulham Council in their first every hackathon.

It is refreshing to see organisations embrace new ways of engaging with their community.


Hammersmith & Fulham with PHE really embraced the opportunity of people power, by giving the winning team the most amazing opportunity of £4000 and are working to deliver within 100 days.

The winning pitch involved expanding physical activities in parks, with accessible events with personal trainers and outdoor fitness equipment.

“The room was buzzing with really practical and interesting ideas,” said Cllr Vivienne Lukey, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, one of the judges at Saturday’s H&F Healthy and Fit Hackathon.

Young people, parents, healthcare and policy professionals, developers, designers, coders, social entrepreneurs, food bloggers, chefs, teachers and students were among those putting their brain power to the test at the event itself, with people from across the borough and beyond having the chance to follow the event and participate via social media.

I would like to thank the all those who came on the day and those who supported the event. We have created the start of something that really allows people power and the ability to take community ideas to prototype testing in such a short period of time.

You can view the video pitches here the links below will take you to the team videos on YouTube:

Idea A – Better at it

Idea C – Fitness & Phood (peoples choice winner)

Idea D – My lifestyle

Idea E – Free, Fun, Fitness (judges winner)

Idea F – Cook Local (3rd in people choice)

Idea H – Shake it, make it

Idea I – Breast Friends

Idea J – Real Beauty

I was playing around with Adobe After Effects and produced this ident that will go at the start and the end of the videos created at the hackathon.

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