When statistics becomes the darling of psychology research, collecting relevant data can be a slippery slope. Correlations between assessed mental states and standardized polls don't actually describe the complexity of individual and social psychology dynamics. Pattern analysis and dynamic modeling of trajectories from one condition to another can be much more powerful to guide our understanding of causation and interdependence.
Jerome warns against taking the easy way out of a data-driven approach by simply asking participants a bunch of directional or open questions. Answers to questionnaires don't provide us with data about mental conditions. You can't solve a puzzle in psychology by asking people what the puzzle is about.
What type of science do we do, based on who we are?
You think you're discovering the treatment of complex mental illnesses, but all you're doing is playing with the effects of controlled medication. You think you understand the connection between psychosocial influences and mental wellbeing, but you really try to fit assessed data into a multi-variate regression model, and rely on a skewed interpretation of the results to present it as a single-cause interpretation of much more intricate and dynamic manifestation of
most participants in hackathons don't have children
wecome partners and children
kids area and snacks
teams formed, one with 25 people.
Ideas about how to construct new kinds of breastpumps, like making it more like a baby's sucking, or using a non-vaccum based pumping --- such as applying pressure to the breas, another could use software controls, newtork into the community so less isolated.
Others working on the space in which pumping takes place.
The hackathon lead to 3 teams continuing their work (developing products, writing research papers)
K is working on a data visualization about all ideas during the hackathon
Value of the milk or value of nursing? was the research focused on both?
It's a challenge to start an open discourse around private issues like brestpumping, but one can connect parents with geeks, and innovate together. This s a personal issue, so make it about the personal experience itself - use words that speak to people ("the lactation hackathon" vs make the breastpump not suck)
YaneerHow do you have a hackathon that will consider the entire thing. Include not just the object, but the physical environment, social context, policy decisions, global health issues.
Catalina BChanging the language that is used, to help people work together is important + curation
YaneerOne of the questions is how do we have the right people shos up to address those issues.
How do we shift from a one time hackathon to a process that can engage with the world.
The constitution was a hackathon (but it took a couple of years, and snail mail).
How can an event create community, how do you engage and motivate people?
Every city wants to duplicate an existing ecosystem, startup focused like silicon valley. Justin focuses on how to build a community by looking at these model ecosystems. Hollywood, Sillicon Valley , Boston tech / entrepreneurial ecosystem