Supporting a Foo 'unconference' to spark innovative ideas on health and health care, 2013

This funding sponsors the third Health Foo Camp, a cross-discipline, immersive, informal "unconference." The conference helps connect some of the best and the brightest actors in emerging technology and health care, and catalyzes innovative thinking and collaboration. The format for the Foo Camp unconference was pioneered by O'Reilly Media, a leading technology publisher, conference organizer, and supporter of free-software and open-source movements (Foo stands for Friends of O'Reilly). At Foo Camp, attendees design the agenda on the spot, producing more brainstorming and group problem solving than formal presentations. This private, invitation-only meeting will bring together about 150 key players, including researchers, funders, health care executives, software developers, entrepreneurs, journalists, policy experts, thought leaders and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) staff. It will take place April 19 through 21, 2013, at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge, MA. O'Reilly staff will work with RWJF to select invitees. After the unconference, O'Reilly staff will support a listserv to foster continued communication among participants. For RWJF staff, Health Foo is an opportunity to develop contacts and identify ideas for early-stage exploration.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $150,000.00

Awarded on: 1/30/2013

Time frame: 12/15/2012 - 12/31/2013

Grant Number: 70593


O'Reilly Media, Inc.

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Sara E. Winge
Project Director