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DHOx upcoming events - Hack Weekend and Rapid Prototyping Workshop

The countdown is on, and we've got a fun couple of weeks ahead with the Digital Health Hack Weekend on 7th and 8th May in the Oxford Launchpad and Rapid Prototyping workshop on 4th May. There are already some great ideas ready to be unleashed at the hack weekend, and if you haven't been to one before, they are a great, low-risk place to learn new skills, meet new people, and work collaboratively on problem solving. The weekend is absolutely open to anyone, regardless of background, with or without software, clinical or research expertise, and there's a great blog post on the Enterprising Oxford website titled 'Hacking is not just for computer geeks'. Come with an idea, or be inspired and join a team on the day, there will be people on hand throughout the weekend to help your team, and you never know where it may lead, so if in doubt, come along and try it for size.

Next week we also have a workshop on rapid prototyping on Wed 4th May at 6pm in the John Radcliffe Hospital. It's a 90min quickfire workshop to demystify app prototyping, regardless of your background. The workshop will be run by a team from Oxford-based digital agency Global Initiative, who will guide you through the basics of refining a vision, mapping a user story and sketching an app interface, and is a great opportunity to learn about and practice this process, and also give you a head-start for the upcoming (or any) hack weekend, or indeed any relevant project.

Jobs / Studentships

2 x DPhil Studentships in Smartphone-based Digital Biomarkers

"We are pleased to invite applications to conduct research towards a doctoral degree at the University. Fully-funded studentships are available for outstanding applicants from any country. This research will involve both software engineering and data science. You will be: building smartphone based technology, deploying that technology in both large and highly phenotyped patient cohorts, and analyzing the results. The aim of this project is to provide longitudinal assessments of cognition to help us understand some of the most important diseases facing society today. During the project you will be creating customized versions of the Android operating system to record measurements of daily function, and working with the games industry to produce highly engaging tasks that measure cognition. Your work will be at the heart of an open source, open science, pre-competitive collaboration, involving Oxford University, Sage Bionetworks, and partners from the Pharmaceutical industry.

For more details visit: Or, come along to the DHOx Hack Weekend on 7th & 8th May to find out more."

Research Operations and Digital Delivery Manager

"The EBM Data Lab at the University of Oxford is a new project creating innovative, live, impactful projects using academic and health data. Alongside publishing academic papers, we are also building a range of live data tools with direct clinical and scientific impact such as

We are seeking a Research Operations Manager to undertake research and project management on both academic and digital outputs; contributing to a range of projects, collaborating on writing papers and running analyses and developing ideas into grant proposals. There will also be opportunities to teach and supervise students."

Deadline for this role is midday 29th April (tomorrow!)

Qualitative Researcher in Primary Health Care Sciences

"The Health Experiences Research Group, within the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford is seeking a postdoctoral researcher with ethnography experience to join the internationally regarded HERG team. This excellent opportunity has arisen through funding for an NIHR HS&DR funded project. The INQUIRE study is examining the use of the internet by patients and the public to provide online feedback (reviews and ratings) on their healthcare, and identifying how to harness this feedback to improve health services. INQUIRE is comprised of five projects; this post involves being part of a project examining the practices and process of NHS staff and organisations in relation to online feedback."

Startup competitions / accelerators

Applications for the Autumn 2016 programme at Bethnal Green Ventures will be open next week, 3rd May. They're also launching a series of Q&A events for people thinking of applying and also give people the opportunity to meet startups who have previously been supported and find out more about the BGV progamme and community. A number of Oxford startups are BGV alumni, including Project Tide and Sentimoto, and the BGV applications have recently had a large number of healthcare startup ideas, so if you think this fits, it's well worth finding out more.

Finally, the World Health Summit 2016, supported by the German health ministry, is inviting applications for its startup track, with winners receiving a stand at the WHS in Berlin in October and opportunity to pitch to the audience. Applications are open until June 30th, and more info can be found at (thanks to Oxford Startup's Jim Moodie for this info).

Thanks for reading, hope to see you at one of the DHOx events over the next two weeks.

Posted in Newsletter on Apr 28, 2016