unconference. To understand the kind of collaborations an unconference allows, you can read what I learned in HealthCamp Maryland:
I learned about the semantic wikipedia by attending HealthCamp Md, which was organized by the very wonderful Mark Scrimshire. Aside from inspiring me to try Twitter (I am still waiting for my new smartphone to arrive in the UK) and to start HealthCamp UK, he allowed me to meet Melanie Swan and Mike Cariaso. As a bona fide futurist, Melanie had already had her DNA analysis back from 23andMe and gladly shared the data with Mike. Mike ran these through the tools he had created at SNPedia. Within a couple of hours he was able to give Melanie an explanation of what was known about her DNA sequence, using the latest information documented in the SNPedia semantic wiki.
I was shocked and awed, and wanted to create something similar for doctors to use.Only 6 people attended that day in Maryland but I learned a lot and that helped me start my company in the UK. I think wonderful things would happen as we get 60 people in London.
The theme of HealthCamp UK this year will be The Future of Technology and Medicine. How best can technology be exploited in medicine? Where and how can tele-medicine be used? Will we be growing our own organs? What will we do with the results of gene tests that tell us our susceptibility to diseases? And what excites you about the possibilities of technology in medicine?
Entrance is free but we only have room for 60 people at this year's venue, so space is tight. Please apply for your place now. The aim is to arrange a meeting of eclectic and talented minds.
Date: Monday, November 10, 2008
Time: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Location: UCL Medical School
Phone: 01223 852593