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.

The Rare Diseases Act of 2002 defines rare diseases strictly according to prevalence and is specifically any disease or condition that affects fewer than 200,000 people in the United States or about 1 in 1,500 people. Most forms of cancer in children are considered rare since so few children are affected. The Global Gene Project estimates 300 million people worldwide are affected by a rare disease. It is estimated that there are 5,000-7,000 types of rare diseases in total, most of which are genetic.

Mount Sinai Health Hackathon Workshop Series

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


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


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

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