General Electric (GE) hosted its first Industrial internet of things Hackathon using large data to improve healthcare in Saudi Arabia.

The Hackathon, which was powered by Predix, took place in the GE Saudi Technology and Innovation Center in Dhahran Techno Valley.

Over a span of 30 hours, approximately 15 teams, ranging from entrepreneurs to developers across Saudi Arabia, worked on anonymous data for the radiation dosage levels used by medical imaging machines, such as CT scanners across the country.

Using GE’s software and application platform, Predix, the teams competed to create an app that will compare and monitor radiation levels among patients in healthcare institutions.

Throughout the Hackathon event, General Electric’s digital partner, Tata Consulting Services, and Saudi founded innovation organization Hobby District, led the teams through a series of training and strategized workshops.

The efficiency of Predix lies in the fact that it can connect machines, data and people in sophisticated ways that can empower the industrial companies.

It provides an operating system designed specifically to empower industrial businesses to securely collect and analyze data much faster in order to operate better.

On the day of the announcement, the teams presented their digital industrial solutions to a panel of judges who rated their work.

The winning team was chosen based on their solution, originality growth and user experience. They were awarded $5,000.