Data hackathon on health equity

Event overview

Health services researchers and analysts from across Canada are invited to participate in a data hackathon taking place on November 2, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario.

The hackathon, Unleashing the power of linked cancer data, will help expand knowledge of health equity issues in the cancer system. It is a special event organized by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer to run one day ahead of the 2019 Canadian Cancer Research Conference.

Our objective is to bring together participants with a variety of analytic and health research backgrounds to come up with innovative and actionable research ideas to address real-world policy problems.

Participants will compete in a time-limited and team-based analysis using a complex, linked, synthesized dataset prepared by Statistics Canada. The synthetic dataset mimics a real dataset that links the Canadian Cancer Registry (CCR) with six other administrative and survey datasets.

This groundbreaking, first of its kind data linkage, will allow users such as researchers and policy analysts to examine the impact of socioeconomic characteristics on cancer diagnoses and treatment patterns using person-level data.

An expert panel of judges will evaluate each team’s submissions and award three ideas. The winning teams will present their research ideas at a lunch session held on the first day of the 2019 Canadian Cancer Research Conference.

All hackathon participants will qualify to submit a letter of interest for project funding that will use the CCR-linked datasets. More information on the funding eligibility criteria and application process will be available as details are confirmed.


The preliminary agenda is now available to download.

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Registration for the event will open soon. In the meantime, please email to register your interest for the event and to be notified when updates are available.

Data hackathon on health equity


November 2, 2019


Shaw Centre
55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

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