Mount Sinai Health Hackathon

The 3rd annual Mount Sinai Health Hackathon will take place on October 19-21 2018. It is an exciting 48-hour multidisciplinary competition focused on creating novel technology solutions for problems in healthcare. This year’s theme is Rare Diseases. Here are just a few of the awesome reasons to join us this October.

  • Create & Innovate
  • Develop new tools that offer hope for patients in need
  • Collaborate, network, & make new friends
  • Find out what you are capable of achieving
  • Have fun and win prizes

We have reached capacity for online registrations. If you are still interested in participating, you may register onsite the day of the event pending availability.


Problem Description

There are more than 7,000 rare diseases identified and there are 300 million people affected. Only a fraction of these conditions have an approved treatment and statistics for the number of people seeking care with disorders of unknown/or unclear etiology (i.e. undiagnosed rare disease patients) are not defined.

As the National Organization for rare diseases states, in its latest compelling video, Rare Diseases are not so rare, comes in all ages, shapes and sizes, ethnicities and race; there is a compelling need to advance the outlook of patients with rare diseases and to find novel technology solutions to address the needs of this community.

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

Friday October 19, 2018


  3:30 pm    Registration Check-In & Networking

  5:00 pm    Welcome Remarks

  5:15 pm    Mount Sinai Health Hackathon 101

  5:30 pm    Speaker Presentations

  6:00 pm    Preliminary Problem Pitches

  7:00 pm    Catered Dinner

  7:30 pm    Preliminary Solution Pitches

  8:00 pm    Team Formation & Brainstorming

11:00 pm    Team Registration Deadline


Saturday October 20, 2018

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


Sunday October 21, 2018

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

11:00 am    Practice Pitches Start

  1:00 pm    Practice Pitches End

                    Catered Lunch

  3:00 pm    Project Submission Deadline

                    Final Pitches

  5:00 pm    Judges' Deliberations

                    Team Photos

  5:30 pm    Awards Announcement


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.

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 rare diseases 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 problem of clinical and/or scientific relevance related to rare diseases
  • 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 21)
  • Participate in a short information session in September to educate prospective participants about problems in rare diseases

An opportunity will be given to pitch problems 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

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


Health Hackathon 101

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


Mount Sinai Innovation Showcase 2019

On February 14, 2019, the finalists of the 2018 Mount Sinai Health Hackathon will share their compelling technology solutions at the annual Mount Sinai Innovation Showcase. The top three Hackathon finalists will present a 5-minute pitch to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs from the NYC life sciences ecosystem. Each presentation will include a 10-minute discussion where the judges will provide feedback to the presenters, followed by an interactive Q&A session with the audience.

Prior to the Showcase, Hackathon finalists will be mentored by Mount Sinai Innovation Partners (MSIP) advisors to strengthen their presentations and learn the fundamentals of business development, customer validation and funding. The finalists will also be invited to join alumni from ELabNYC in a custom feedback forum, sharing plans and brainstorming solutions to further develop the commercial product or service for each team. ELabNYC is a world leader in life sciences entrepreneurship training and networking, allowing Hackathon finalists to get closer to commercializing their products for the benefit of patients and society. All attendees are invited to the networking reception following the event.


2018 Health Hackathon 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.

Center for Nursing Research & Innovation

Center for Nursing Research & Innovation

The 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.

The Tisch Cancer Institute

The Tisch Cancer Institute (TCI), a National Cancer Institute-designated center, employs a multidisciplinary approach to cancer research and treatment, with the goal of advancing clinical breakthroughs that help prevent and eradicate cancer. The mission of the TCI is to advance the field of cancer research, treatment, and prevention and to facilitate the availability of these advancements to our communities so as to extend and improve the lives of cancer patients and their families.


2018 Mount Sinai Partners



Mount Sinai App Lab

Founded in 2012, Mount Sinai App Lab 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.

Bringing Mount Sinai Discoveries to Life

Mount Sinai Innovation Partners (MSIP) facilitates the real-world application and commercialization of Mount Sinai Health System discoveries and the development of research partnerships.

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, Cynthia Cleto, Kevin Costa, Layla Fattah, Janice Gabrilove, Louise Lammers, Holly Oemke, David Putrino

If you have any questions, you can contact us at