The Queer Health Hackathon is an opportunity for data scientists to collaborate with medical/clinical experts to better understand health disparities in the LGBTQ community. Participants will have access to de-identified patient data from a premier healthcare organization. We hope people will use access to the data and the cross-functional community to learn something about differences in disease occurence or health outcomes for the LGBTQ population.

The Queer Health Hackathon is a project of Queer Health Access, itself an initiative of the Tegan and Sara Foundation.

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  • Happy Hour Meet & Greet



  • Opening Remarks, Team Formation & Hacking



  • Continued Hacking, Presentations & Judging



S. Bryn Austin, ScD

Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression Research Working Group

Dr Austin is a social epidemiologist and behavioral scientist, and a unifying goal of her academic career has been to advance innovations in transdisciplinary science applied to eating disorders prevention and the study of health inequities adversely affecting sexual minority and transgender youth. Across her research and teaching initiatives, her aim is to offer the kinds of mentorship and opportunities that will help the next generation of talented junior scientists excel in their pursuit of health equity for all.

Michelle Tat

Data Scientist at athenahealth and co-chair of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition

Michelle is a Asian American trans-woman who is active in local trans rights organizing in Massachusetts. In her professional life, she is a Data Scientist at athenahealth. Outside of that, she is a co-chair of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, and has devoted the last several years to fighting for legal protections for transgender folks in public spaces. Aside from trans rights works, she is an active member of the Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance and the Boston Chapter of National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. When not doing work for her communities, Michelle is a nerdy consumer of comics, sci-fi media, anime, and spends probably too much time thinking about her cat Baxter.

Emma Schwartz

Vice President of Product Development, Axios

Emma Schwartz (She/Her) is the Vice President of Product Development at Axios Media where she oversees the development of all digital products and is the co-chair of the LGBTQIA employee resource group and the Diversity & Inclusion group. A former startup founder, Emma draws on her personal experience in entrepreneurship, business leadership and product strategy to help organizations use creativity, innovation, and collaboration to create blueprints for tackling problems of all sizes. For over a decade Emma has served as an advisor for startups and SMBs at the intersection of tech and gender equity. As a consultant for Argo Collective, an organization that builds inclusion in innovative companies, Emma continues the vital work of innovative problem solving to improve safety and create thriving workplaces for all identities.

Event Details

Queer Health Hackathon is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, mental or physical disability, physical appearance, neuro(a)typicality, religion, level of knowledge, level of experience, parental status, marital status, socioeconomic status or background, political affiliation, or any other attribute. We do not tolerate harassment of hackathon participants or volunteers in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any hackathon venue, including talks.

Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the hackathon at the discretion of the conference organizers. We expect all participants and volunteers to comply with our full code of conduct, which can be found here.

For accessibility concerns, including wheelchair access, interpretation, dietary needs, or anything we haven't thought of, please note your needs on your application and we'll do our best to make sure you can participate.


About TSF

The Tegan & Sara Foundation (TSF) works for economic justice, health, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women. Led by musicians and activists Tegan and Sara, and a board of directors that includes representation from Harvard Medical School, Instagram, and the Obama Foundation - TSF is a non-profit organization that strives to use Tegan and Sara’s platform as a way to improve the lives of LGBTQ girls and women.

A primary focus of the organization is improving Queer Health Access. The first year of this initiative focused on improving the experience of finding a doctor by helping queer girls and women find providers who are known to be LGBTQ friendly. The outcome included the creation of, a site that aggregates LGBTQ healthcare advice and provider directories, and an ongoing partnership with the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) to improve the usability of their provider directory.

As we move forward, we are looking to have a significant impact on the quality and quantity of healthcare related research being done about the LGBTQ community. In order to support creative and collaborative problem solving with medical, scientific, and technical experts, we are hosting a Queer Health Hackathon in September 2018. The 3 day event will bring together a wide variety of experts across medical, technical, and policy disciplines to better understand health disparities in the LGBTQ community.

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