MHacks is a hackathon at the University of Michigan. My company was a sponsor of the event this year, along with larger, more well known companies like Intel, Target and Disney.
I got to participate as a mentor, which basically means that project teams that are looking for technical guidance seek out mentors for assistance.
My specialty is Healthcare IT. There were two project teams that I had the pleasure of working with.
The second team was more ambitious. They wanted to have web forms/apps that allowed a patient to update their demographic information and to schedule a visit with a doctor. I outlined the basic standards that support these data exchanges and then showed them the FHIR resources that were available to support this exchange. There are a couple of test servers out there that you can exchange with and they were going to use those as the back end for their app. I told them to emphasize that their solution was "standards based."
All in all, it was a very cool experience to see so many young people who are enthusiastic about technology.