Mount Sinai Health Hackathon

Innovation Shark Tank

The three health hackathon finalists and two additional wild card entries participated in the Innovation Shark Tank on February 15th 2018. The event included pitch presentations from each group, a Q&A session with the 'sharks,' and a networking reception for all attendees.

Health Hackathon Finalists

  • Streamline - AI-based tool for streamlining the clinical trial protocol development process to get treatments into the clinic more quickly and cheaply
    • Team Members: Turner Baker, Michael Bramson, and Adam Friedant
  • Helping Stand - A portable device to assist fatigued and/or debilitated patients with getting up from a seated position in an automobile
    • Team Members: Yizhe Chang, Rumana Huq, Ommer Khaw, Lydia Krauss, and Yifei Shao
  • ON TraCk - App-based system for assisting pediatric cancer patients with maintaining social and school based interactions during treatment so as to facilitate more seamless school reentry after extended cancer treatment
    • Team Members: Emuejevoke Chuba, Alagu Chidambaram, Lisa Gibson, Adam Hockman, Aanay Shah, and Angela Su

Innovation Shark Tank Health Hackathon Wild Cards

  • Teddy Tracker - Comfort companion for children with traumatic illnesses or anxiety that records signs of distress and provides 2-way communication with a parent or medical professional
    • Team Members: Dominique Mena, Ronak Bhatia, Michelle Lanterman, Theo Hansel, Evan Wang, and Cleon Stanley
  • Health Text Labs - AI-based system that uses natural language processing and machine learning to provide proper standardized clinical codes to simplify health insurance billing codes and physician documents
    • Team Members: Praveen Kumar


Problem Description

Cancer is a prominent disease worldwide and has tremendous socioeconomic impact on patients and their families. It was projected that in 2016, an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer would be diagnosed in the United States alone. 

There are many individuals involved in the screening, diagnosis, treatment, and follow up of oncology patients. There is a diverse team involved including primary care physicians, oncologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nutritionists, nurses, and physical therapists who are involved in the screening, treatment, and monitoring of patients with cancer. In addition to clinical specialists, the patients need a support system including family and friends, online and in person support groups, hospital volunteers, and others to help them understand their diagnoses and make decisions about their care.

Equally as important are the researchers across all fields including genomics, cell biology, informatics and pharmacology who investigate disease biology, develop new treatments for cancer, and understand how targeted therapies can treat an individual person’s disease. Indeed, cancer research is changing rapidly and is in large part being driven by technological advances in the field of genomics.

The development of new technologies alongside advances in personalized cancer therapy have allowed for exciting developments in the field of oncology. Technology is emerging as an important and promising aspect in the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of patients with cancer.

For more information on the clinical perspective and the solution landscape, refer to the problem description.


Participant Roles

Designated Participant Roles wil help facilitate multidisciplinary team creation. Color-coded name tags identify participants' experience and interest. 

Clinical healthcare professionals, trainees and students focused on patient-centered requirements, outcomes and feasibility

Biomedical/data scientists/students with biological and analytical knowledge and skills

Computer programmers with software design and development knowledge

Engineers and makers focused on hardware design and development

Human factor engineers creating user-interface and user-experience designs of the solution


Design Evaluation

Concept EvaluationPrototype Execution Evaluation
Clinical relevance & validity Overall software/hardware demo progress
Potential clinical impact Functionality
Commercial potential User Experience - usability and interface aesthetics
Novelty Integration of technology
Design concept Technical sophistication

Each design criteria will be scored on a scale of 1 (Poor) to 5 (Excellent) and will be used to evaluate all project submissions. For more information on the design criteria, refer to the scoring guidelines


Terms and Conditions

All participants must accept and adhere to the participation agreement. This agreement highlights and details many important characteristics of the event such as participant eligibility, juding criteria, and intellectual property.

Friday October 13, 2017


  3:30pm    Registration Check-In & Networking

  5:00pm    Welcome Remarks

  5:15pm    Mount Sinai Health Hackathon 101

  5:30pm    Speaker Presentations

  6:00pm    Preliminary Problem Pitches

  7:00pm    Dinner

  7:30pm    Preliminary Solution Pitches

  8:00pm    Team Formation & Brainstorming

11:00pm    Team Registration Deadline


Saturday October 14, 2017

Team Project Activities all-day Saturday through Sunday at 3 PM.

7:00 - 11:00 am: Cafeteria Breakfast Available

11:00 am - 7:00 pm: Cafeteria Lunch/Dinner Available


Sunday October 15, 2017

***Team Project Activities all-day Saturday through Sunday at 3 PM.

7:00 - 11:00 am: Cafeteria Breakfast Available

11:00 am - 3:00 pm: Cafeteria Lunch Available

11:00am    Practice Pitches Start

  1:00pm    Practice Pitches End

  3:00pm    Project Submission Deadline

                   Final Pitches

  5:00pm    Judging Deliberations

  5:30pm    Awards Announcement


Click here to view all Mount Sinai Health Hackathon 2017 videos.


Healthcare Software Platforms from Persistent

Persistent provided participants of the Mount Sinai Health Hackathon with information and access to many of their popular software platforms, designed to simplify and reinforce deployment of new and innovative healthcare applications. For more information on the software platforms available, refer to the persistent software overview.

Software Platforms


Mount Sinai Health Hackathon Video Resources

Technology Needs in Cancer - Patients, patient advocates, researchers, and clinicians offering their different perspectives on the use and needs of technology in cancer treatment, monitoring, and research 

Health Hackathon Workshop Series - A set of videos derived from the "Health Hackathon 101" summer workshop in clinical research, sponsored by the Clinical Research Education Program at Mount Sinai


Our 2017 Sponsors


Premier Sponsor

Persistent Systems

Persistent Systems builds software that drives our customers' business, for enterprises and software product companies with software at the core of their digital transformation.

Other Sponsors

CONDUITS - The Institutes for Translational Sciences

The Mount Sinai Conduits – Institutes for Translational Sciences will enable the translation of basic scientific discoveries into clinical practice by creating an effective, efficient, and centralized administrative structure.

The Tisch Cancer Institute

At The Tisch Cancer Institute (TCI), a National Cancer Institute-designated center, a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatments and clinical breakthroughs may one day put an end to cancer.

Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance

The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance is dedicated to pursuing breakthroughs in curing cancer by advancing the most innovative cancer research and by facilitating collaborations between the science and business communities.

The Mount Sinai Institute for Next Generation Healthcare

The Mount Sinai Institute for Next Generation Healthcare is a new model of research, innovation and market delivery to realize exponential improvements in patient outcomes and to improve the care experience for both providers and patients through human-centered application of advanced technologies.

Center for Nursing Research & Innovation

Center for Nursing Research & Innovation

Tthe Department of Nursing and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai collaborated to establish the Center for Nursing Research and Education (CNRE). One of the only nursing centers in the country to be established within a medical school, CNRE formalizes an already strong relationship between Mount Sinai nurses and physicians. The Center facilitates multidisciplinary translational research programs that emphasize patient care and strengthen the profession of nursing through education, innovation, and the application of research into everyday nursing practice. Having nurses actively involved in translational research may expedite bench-to-bedside discoveries that could improve patient care. The Center recently changed thier name to the Center for Nursing Research & Innovation.

Sinai AppLab

Founded in 2012, Sinai AppLab is one of the first on-site specialized digital health labs in the world. They enable digital medicine innovation, evaluation, and transformation though patient-centered apps, analytics, and trials. Their RxUniverse platform enables health providers to prescribe the best digital medicine solutions, backed by evidence.

Sinai BioDesign

Sinai BioDesign is a project and engineering platform to enable physicians and researchers to take their ideas and research and turn them into commercially-relevant products. We are a full stack prototyping facility together with active project management, guiding inventors through the process of actualizing their ideas and having the greatest impact on patients.

Program Organizers: Peter Backeris; Kevin D. Costa, PhD; Janice L. Gabrilove, MD

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