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

Pre-Hackathon Workshops

Get a head start on this year's event by joining us at the Pre-Hackathon Workshops. Learn about this year's theme, discover exciting ideas for projects, and sharpen your technical skills.

  • Needs Finding Workshop - Thursday September 20th 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Prototyping Workshop - Saturday September 22nd 2018, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Kickstart - Thursday October 4th 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Pre-Hackathon Workshops will take place at the following location: Center for Innovation and Discovery, Annenberg Pavilion – 5th Floor, 1468 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10029.


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.

Needs Finding Workshop

Join clinicians, researchers, and other technical experts to discover opportunities in diverse rare disease topic areas; learn the tools used to analyze medical needs cases towards successful technology solutions

Thursday September 20, 2018

Center for Innovation and Discovery, Annenberg Pavilion – 5th Floor, 1468 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10029


6:00pm – 6:20pm


How to think about and analyze medical needs for biotechnology solutions


6:20pm – 6:50pm

Panel sessions with clinicians, researchers, and other technical experts

Their needs in rare disease topic areas, and how they have approached solutions


6:50pm – 7:00pm


Organize into breakout sessions


7:00pm – 8:00pm

4 x 15 minute breakout session slots

Breakout sessions led by clinician or technical expert in key domain or technology area

Opportunity to rotate, ask questions, and engage in ideation with session leader


8:15pm – 9:30pm

Social event at a local bar


Prototyping Workshop

Learn the fundamentals of modern medtech device and technology prototyping, led by experts in the fields of hardware design and construction, machine learning, and app development.

Saturday September 22, 2018

Sinai BioDesign Prototyping Lab, Atran Building - BMC-24, 1428 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10029


10:00am – 12:30pm

Concurrent deep dives into topic areas (choose 1, or spread your team out)

  • Hardware Prototyping
    • CAD
    • 3D Printing
    • Laser Cutting
    • Modern Fabrication
    • Electronics for Medtech Devices
  • Machine Learning/AI
    • Software/Hardware Infrastructure
    • Medical Data Considerations
    • Best Practices
    • Software Frameworks
  • Mobile App Development and Success
    • Mobile software dev overview
    • State of the Digital Health space
    • Challenges, best practices, and growth
    • Questions and discussion


12:30pm – 1:30pm

Lunch On Your Own


1:30pm – 6:00pm

Software, Hardware and Prototyping Open House

Come to develop your concept and development tool needs in an open format with experts from the Sinai AppLab and Sinai BioDesign!



Propose your unmet need in rare diseases. Propose your method of solution. Recruit your team. Brainstorm with expert mentors from various Mount Sinai institutes, clinical services, and research groups.

Thursday October 4, 2018

Center for Innovation and Discovery, Annenberg Pavilion – 5th Floor, 1468 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10029


6:00pm – 7:00pm

Problem Pitches from Team Leaders


7:00pm – 8:00pm

Solution Pitches and Team Forming


8:00pm – 9:00pm

Team Planning, Roaming Advisors


**Tentative Schedule**

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.

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

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


Sunday October 21, 2018

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

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

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    Judging Deliberations

  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


Innovation Shark Tank 2018

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

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

If you have any questions, you can contact us at