Cancer Central and CGI Bristol Hack for Smarter Results

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Want to use your skills to help support those affected by cancer?

Be part of the next iteration development of Cancer Central, a digital platform created to provide those affected by cancer with the help and support they need.

Hosted by CGI and supported by Code Untapped, join us in the heart of Bristol to cominovate with Cancer Central. Be part of the next iteration development of Cancer Central and in turn further support those affected by cancer.

We’re currently looking for cross functional teams to work on the hack so if you're part of the engineering community and have experience in experience in Open Source technologies or want to be part of the wider agile team then come hack with us!

- Backend Developers

- Frontend Developers

- Business Analysts

- Testers

- DevOps Engineers

- Project Managers

- Scrum Masters

What is Cancer Central?

Cancer Central is a brand-new digital platform created to provide those affected by cancer with the help and support they need during their cancer journey.

Launched in October 2018, Cancer Central is built on an intelligent AI chat platform, nicknamed ‘Ave’ powered by IBM Watson and infoFINIUM. The platform combines a database with an innovative conversational search engine to connect people to the products, services and products, when and where they need them.  

These services include benefits advice, insurance products, counselling, complementary therapy, respite care, hats, wigs, lingerie, skincare, financial help, nutrition advice, local societies or communities, meals on wheels, books, blogs, forums, local hospital taxi services and so on – all based on geographical location and cancer type to provide individualised information.  

Check out Cancer Central here:

What is cominovation?

Community + Innovation

This pioneering ‘Human Open Source Model’, called cominovation has seen over 20,000 hours donated from 100+ individuals and 20+ organisations with major contributions from TechFINIUM and ROQ. Cancer Central exists thanks to the kind generosity received.

Challenge = Smarter Results

At present, after a question or use of the ‘customise your experience’ bar by a user on the Cancer Central Website, results are displayed in map and table form, with no rules applied on ordering or priority of results.

At this hackathon, we are seeking your innovation on how Cancer Central can deliver results in an ordered and smarter way.


10:00-10:30- Meet & Greet

10:30-12:00- Team Building, Ideation & Planning

12:00-12:30- Lunch Break

12:30 -17:00- Start Prototype, implementation or Build Pitch Deck

16:30-17:00- Build & Finish

17:00-18:00- Presentations & Awards

18:00+ Networking

What to bring

  • Your laptop and charger

Dress code

  • Casual, i.e. jeans and a T-shirt – be comfortable!

*We will send a pack with further details including an agenda for the day before the event.

About CGI:

We are CGI. You may not have heard of us before, but we are one of the world’s largest IT companies and work on projects across a range of exciting sectors.

We are a global business with 74,000 members, in hundreds of locations around the world, who provide end-to-end IT and business process services that drive our clients’ businesses.

We have around 6000 members, working across 19 UK towns and cities, doing anything from writing complex code to designing sophisticated software solutions. The work they do powers some amazing projects in ambition and scale that touch the lives of many. We differentiate ourselves by our way of working — approachable, flexible and easy to do business with.

Be part of our story #ExperienceCGI

About Code Untapped:

Empowering the community to fulfill its potential through increasing diversity in technology.

Our mission is to provide individuals from Underrepresented backgrounds with an opportunity to learn, collaborate and showcase their skills through a regular programme of themed Hackathons and workshops.

By taking part in this hackathon, I understand and agree to the following:

  • The applicant hereby assigns to Cancer Central all rights, including, without limitation, copyrights, patents, trade secret rights, and other intellectual property rights associated with any ideas, concepts, techniques, inventions, processes, works of authorship both existing and future Intellectual Property Rights.
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