Healthcare is rapidly evolving, and the opportunity for developers to create apps that can help improve the lives of people around the world is bigger than ever. On May 13-14, 2013, Microsoft sponsored Health: Refactored, a 2-day conference in Silicon Valley for app builders, designers and tech experts interested in the Healthcare space to learn, share and connect.

At the conference, we announced the Re-imagining Consumer Health with Windows 8 and HealthVault Challenge. This challenge, run by Health 2.0, offers over $15,000 in prizes to developers that create a Windows Store app leveraging Microsoft’s consumer health storage platform HealthVault. In addition to the cash prize, the winning developer is eligible for additional design, development and marketing support from Microsoft.

Need inspiration for app development? The Windows Dev Center contains design inspiration specifically for apps in the Health & Fitness category. Or if you’re interested in creating apps for healthcare providers and enterprises, there’s guidance and inspiration for those apps too. You can also check out seven great healthcare apps on the Windows Experience blog.

The challenge is open until June 30; read the complete rules here. And tell us about what you’re working on by tweeting with the hashtag #Win8Hack. Good luck with the challenge!

-- Ben Thompson, Partner Marketing Manager