We recently shared some exciting news that we have welcomed two new interns to the OH development team.

We wanted to find out a little bit about them and Open Health’s Co-founder, Tristan Penman, so we sat down and asked them a few questions about their lives, their backgrounds and their passions. Here are their responses!

Tristan Penman, Open Health Co-founder

Background:

I’ve been passionate about technology pretty much my entire life. Being able to leverage that passion, and have a meaningful impact on peoples’ lives is a blessing.

One interesting thing about you:

Most people would be surprised to learn that I’ve walked the Kokoda Track (spoiler: it’s so much harder than it looks!).

What attracted you to Open Health:

Our aim is to use technology to help people when they’re most vulnerable – when the odds are against them, but it’s crucial that they make lifestyle changes so that they can be there for their loved ones.

How do you think technology can best help the health of individuals, and/or the healthcare system?

The best thing we can do with technology is empower individuals to live healthy lives, outside of the healthcare system, for as long as possible.

Ahnaf Shahriar Abir, Open Health Intern

Background:

I have recently completed my Bachelor of Information Technology from RMIT University and I did this course because of my interest in technology and passion for programming.

One interesting thing about you:

I love to keep myself updated with the new technologies which are why I have always watched all the big technology keynotes, even though sometimes those start at 4 am.

What attracted you to Open Health:

I think, helping people living their lives a little bit longer by changing their lifestyle, is nothing but a noble cause and I wanted to be a part of this.

How do you think technology can best help the health of individuals, and/or the healthcare system?

I think technology could track an individual’s health conditions and if something happens e.g. change in BP, then it can let the person/doctor know about that quickly and the condition can be prevented or controlled.

Francisco Di Persia, Open Health Intern

Background:

I’m a graduated Agricultural Engineer who pivot to start doing what I like, which is coding.

One interesting thing about you:

I’m from Argentina but I’m not keen on soccer!

What attracted you to Open Health:

The possibility of having my first Australian coding experience under a well experienced developer guidance.

How do you think technology can best help the health of individuals, and/or the healthcare system?

Allowing people to interact asynchronously in a controlled environment, where they can ask or sharing information.

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