The COVID-19 Maker Challenge: Partnering with Industry, Nonprofits and Government to Solve Real World Challenges

May 20, 12:30pm, EDT - 1:30pm, EDT

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Due to COVID-19, this webinar will be presented for FREE for the HIMSS NCA community.

May 2020 - The COVID-19 Maker Challenge: Partnering with Industry, Nonprofits and Government to Solve Real World Challenges
Webinar held on May 20, 12:30pm, EDT - 1:30pm, EDT
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Join Danielle Krakora with the VHA Innovation Ecosystem and Dallas Blaney with Challenge America as they share successes and future needs of their COVID-19 Maker Challenge. The Maker Challenge is a series of five programs that enlist the talents of engineers, designers and other professionals to create innovative solutions to the challenges confronting essential workers in their efforts to fight COVID-19. Danielle and Dallas will share the results of their past Maker Challenge surrounding First Responders' needs as well as the upcoming Maker Challenge around Environmental Management Services, and how you can get involved in supporting these Make-A-Thons.



Dallas Blaney, Executive Director, Challenge America.

About Dallas:
Dallas Blaney is the Executive Director at Challenge America, where he is responsible for advancing the organization’s national mission to connect service members, veterans and their families to resources and solutions that build community and give purpose to their lives.

Prior to joining Challenge, Dallas was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, where he designed and taught a wide range of courses, including Introduction to International Relations, America Government, Global Environmental Politics, and Politics of Developing Areas. Dallas also served as a Visiting Professor at Western State College, where he taught courses on Middle Eastern History, Political Theory, and American Government. Additionally, Dallas served as an Adjunct Professor at Colorado State University, where he taught courses in Political Theory, American Government, and International Relations. 

Dallas’ research and publication record focuses on the topics of global water politics and disaster risk reduction. Dallas has presented his research findings at numerous national and international conferences, was a finalist for three student-nominated teaching awards, and has the distinction of receiving the first Masdar International Blogging Award.

In a former life, Dallas was a professional whitewater rafting guide on the Arkansas, Piedra, Gauley, Lochsa, Salt, New, and Colorado Rivers, to name but a few. Dallas is also a Navy veteran. Dallas is an avid reader, mountain biker, kayaker, hiker, and snowboarder.

Danielle Krakora (Confirmed), EMBA
SaaS/PaaS Product Manager, VA OI&T
Fellow, VHA Innovation Ecosystem, VA U.S. Army Combat Veteran

About Danielle:

Danielle Krakora is a community leader, veteran advocate and innovative strategist working for the VA Office of Information and Technology and a Fellow with the VHA Innovation Ecosystem. Danielle is committed to improving the patient experience by modernizing systems with new technology and applying a principle-based approach to her leadership. She inspires others to realize their potential and encourages the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit in the people she mentors. She has held numerous positions during her seven-year tenure with the VA and is nationally recognized for her innovative work across the organization.
Danielle served in the U.S. Amy, assigned to the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment and was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III from 2005-2006.  While deployed, Danielle wrote for numerous military and civilian publications, detailing the reality of combat through the eyes of a female medic.  She worked alongside an Army civil affairs unit to provide medical care to women and children in need. This work inspired her to develop a non-profit organization that accepted donations of clothing, shoes, and toys from U.S. businesses and churches that she delivered to the children of Iraq during humanitarian missions.

Shortly after returning home, Danielle transitioned into the Army Reserves and served numerous roles until leaving the Army in 2013 after nearly 10 years of exemplary service.  Danielle holds a B.S. and M.S. in health science from Cleveland State University and an Executive MBA from Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management.


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