Mount Sinai Health Hackathon

Mount Sinai Health Hackathon (formerly the SINAIMedMaker Challenge) is an exciting 48-hour multidisciplinary competition focused on creating novel technology solutions for problems in healthcare. This year’s theme is cancer.

Registration opens on September 5th


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.

**The following is a tentative schedule of the event. The final schedule may change.**


Friday October 13, 2017


3:30 - 5:00 pm: Registration Check-In & Networking
Davis Conference Center

5:00 - 5:15 pm: Welcome Remarks
Davis Auditorium

5:15 - 5:30 pm: Mount Sinai Health Hackathon 101

5:30 - 6:00 pm: Speaker Presentations

6:00 - 7:00 pm: Preliminary Problem Pitches
Davis Conference Center

7:00 - 7:30 pm: Dinner

7:30 - 8:00 pm: Preliminary Solution Pitches

8:00 - 11:00 pm: Team Formation & Brainstorming

**11:00 PM - 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
Location: Guggenheim Pavilion - 1st Floor

11:00 am - 6:30 pm: Cafeteria Lunch/Dinner Available
Location: Guggenheim Pavilion - 1st Floor


Sunday October 15, 2017

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

7:00 - 11:00 am: Cafeteria Breakfast Available
Location: Guggenheim Pavilion - 1st Floor

11:00 am - 3:30 pm: Cafeteria Lunch Available
Location: Guggenheim Pavilion - 1st Floor

11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Practice Presentations
 Davis Auditorium

**3:00 PM - Project Submission Deadline**

3:00 - 5:00 pm: Final Presentations

5:00 - 5:30 pm: Judging Deliberation

5:30 - 6:00 pm: Awards Announcement


Innovation Showcase for Health Hackathon Winners

On February 15th 2018, the winners of the 2017 Health Hackathon will be presenting their compelling technology solutions to a panel of entrepreneurs via an Innovation Showcase. As we know, one of the critical ingredients in fostering the entrepreneurial mindset is to have seasoned entrepreneurs, those who have successfully launched products and services, mentor new and upcoming innovators. During the Innovation Showcase, the top three Health Hackathon winners will present a 5-minute pitch to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs. This will be followed by a 10-minute discussion wherein the judges will be able to provide direct feedback to the presenters. Important concepts such as business and product launch strategies as well as market dynamics will be emphasized. The audience may engage with the presenters and judges via a Q&A session. All attendees will be able to network with one another during the reception following the event. This is an essential experience if you are a Mount Sinai entrepreneur by heart. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Mount Sinai Health Hackathon is now seeking Sinai-affiliated clinicians and researchers to participate by acting as advisors and presenting a current problem related to cancer that can be addressed by technology such as apps, software, or devices.

Clinical/research advisors in this event can contribute in the following ways:

  • Present Mount Sinai Health Hackathon organizers with a description of a cancer-related problem of clinical and/or scientific relevance
  • Work with Mount Sinai Health Hackathon organizers to frame the problem as a technical challenge, to be posted on the website prior to the event
  • Interact with interested Mount Sinai Health Hackathon participants prior to and during the weekend event to answer questions and guide teams working on your challenge
  • Serve as a judge/panelist for evaluating the proposed solutions on the final day of Mount Sinai Health Hackathon (Sunday, October 15)
  • Participate in a short information session in September to educate prospective participants about problem in cancer

An opportunity will be given to pitch problems in order to recruit participants and form teams around creating solutions to them. By the end of Mount Sinai Health Hackathon, you may have the beginnings of a viable solution/prototype.

For more information about getting involved, individuals interested in serving as clinical/research advisors for Mount Sinai Health Hackathon can view the advisor prospectus and contact us at

Mount Sinai Health Hackathon has developed the following sponsorship opportunities:

Event Sponsor
Sponsors will provide financial support for Mount Sinai Health Hackathon to offset the costs of running the event.

Technology Sponsor
Sponsors will provide equipment, software and technical advice during Mount Sinai Health Hackathon. Each Technology Sponsor will provide mentors for a Technology Station at Mount Sinai Health Hackathon and be given an opportunity to give a brief presentation about their technology.

Sponsors can participate in either or both of the above sponsorship opportunities.

By sponsoring Mount Sinai Health Hackathon, corporate sponsors will receive the following benefits:

  • Access to tech-savvy, healthcare minded talent to recruit to their company
  • Exposure to innovative problem-solving methods and ideas
  • Advertising in event programming and other marketing opportunities during the event (scaled with level of contribution)

If you would like to become a sponsor and request more information about the event, you can view the sponsor prospectus and contact us at

2016 Event Overview

There were three prizes for the winners decided by a panel of judges who were watching the presentations from all groups on the last day of the event.

  • 1st Place - $3500 - PT Partner
  • 2nd Place - $2500 - Sickle Me Not
  • 3rd Place - $1500 - bioLumen

Adherence to high quality physical therapy greatly improves functional recovery and reduces chronic pain after knee surgery, such as total knee arthroplasty. PT Partner created a wearable device that surrounds the knee and ankle joint which can track the patient’s physical therapy course via a phone application, provide real-time feedback to the patient while they complete their therapy, and report important metrics to their care provider such as completion of scheduled exercise, range of motion and daily activity.

SickleMeNot is a multi-platform application for managing and engaging pediatric sickle cell patients.

bioLumen is a noninvasive biofeedback therapy that treats lumbar muscle tension, a component of chronic low back pain. The system analyzes electromyography of the back muscles in relatime to control room lighting color, music, and more in a patient's home environment. Session data can also be uploaded to EMRs for clinical review.


Our 2016 Sponsors


Premier Sponsors


Salesforce enables companies to connect to their customers in a whole new way, leveraging the combined power of cloud, social, mobile, data science, and IoT technologies. With Salesforce Health Cloud, healthcare organizations can leverage the complete view of the patient to deliver insightful care and connect with patients anywhere, anytime. For more information about Health Cloud visit:


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. For more information, please visit:

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.


Sinai AppLab

Founded in 2012, Sinai Applab (  is one of the first on-site specialized digital health lab in US.  AppLab’s goal is to enable digital medicine innovation, evaluation and transformation by leveraging patient centered apps and analytics supported through collaborations with academia, industry and foundations.


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.

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

Event Hosts: Mount Sinai Innovation Partners (MSIP), the Institute for Next Generation Healthcare, CONDUITS - The Institutes for Translational Sciences, Sinai AppLab, and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Acknowledgements: CELF Technologies, MIT Hacking Medicine (Health Hackathon Handbook)

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