Participant Portal

Welcome to Grand Hack 2018
This page has all the links and resources you need during the Grand Hack!

Schedule

Friday

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Location: MIT Media Lab, 6th Floor

Saturday

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Location: MIT Media Lab, 6th Floor

Sunday

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Location: MIT Media Lab, 6th floor

Where to Find Help

Mentor Queue

Would you like an expert opinion or viewpoint? Then check out the mentor queue! In the mentor queue, your team can file tickets and inquiries and get fast in-person feedback from expert mentors in business, healthcare, entrepreneurship, and technology.

Mentor Queue
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Help Desk

Do you have a general logistics question, such as what prototyping resources are available to me? Or, how to I gain access to this API?. Then you should come visit the Help Desk! You can find our location on the encluded map of the Media Lab below.

Opt-in SMS Logistic Announcements

example_SMS_exchangeTo help ensure that the Grand Hack runs smoothly, we have enabled opt-in low-traffic SMS logistic announcements for all Grand Hack participants. If you would like to opt-out of Grand Hack SMS announcements, simply reply “stop” to the initial text message you have received. However, should you choose to enable SMS announcements, you can expect to receive low-traffic messages similar to the example exchange on the right.

Saturday Training Sessions

Time Event
1-1:30PM Sage mPower Dataset Training Session
1:30-2PM Validic API Training Session
2-2:30PM Microsoft Azure Training Session

All training sessions held in the lecture hall on the 6th floor of the MIT Media Lab.

Map of Media Lab

Technical Resources

Hardware Prototyping Resources

Hardware & Electronic Prototyping Supplies

MIT Grand Hack does not stock any microcontrollers, motors, and sensors. We found it best to allow participants to purchase what they may need. We recommend MicroCenter, an electronics store a few minutes away by via Uber or car. Teams are encouraged to visit this location if they need prototyping tools. MicroCenter is located at 730 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA 02139. Their hours are 10AM-9PM Saturday, and 11AM-6PM Sunday. Please plan accordingly.

MIT Grand Hack will supply ~$25 in prepaid store credit per team for the purchase of prototyping materials. However, before purchasing prototyping materials, please see the Help Desk to get your store credit. Additionally, please do not forget to keep the receipts of all purchases — you will need to return the receipts to the help desk upon your return.

Get Directions

3D Printing Resources

We are providing limited 3D printing resources to teams that request it. All 3D prints will be completed on a first-come-first-serve basis. For teams that are thinking about utilizing 3D printing resources, we ask that you come to the main help desk for guidance and to submit 3D printing requests. As a rule, all 3D printing requests must be submitted to grandhack3dprinting@mit.edu by 11:59PM on Saturday to be fulfilled.

Send a 3D Printing Request

Laser Cutting Resources

We are providing limited lasercutting resources to teams that request it. All lasercutting requests will be fulfilled on a first-come-first-serve basis. For teams that are thinking about utilizing lasercutting resources, we ask that you come to the main help desk for guidance. As a rule, all lasercutting requests must be submitted to grandhack3dprinting@mit.edu by 11:59PM on Saturday to be fulfilled.

Additionally, since most teams will require different lasercutting stock materials, we ask that all teams who would like to utilize lasercutting resources provide their own stock materials. Home Depot is a good place to purchase MDF stock.

Send a Lasercutting Request

Software & Computing Resources

Intersystems API & Computing

InterSystems is kindly providing RedHat Linux servers to all Grand Hack participants that require general computing services. Participants will have root access to these servers so that they may install any software or software solution. Intersystems can provision a server for each team by request.

Additionally, the Intersystems RedHat servers come with FHIR® – Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (http://hl7.org/fhir/). FHIR is a way of storing patient healthcare clinical information in a database. It provides an object model for “resources” which are things like Patient demographic information, list of Allergies, Conditions, Medications, Immunizations, Family Member History, Appointments, Claims, Billing and everything in between (https://www.hl7.org/fhir/resourcelist.html). FHIR uses a REST interface and there are FHIR clients written in many languages.

Please visit the InterSystems gold sponsor booth for more details.

Validic Developer Program

Validic is providing developer accounts to all Grand Hack participants who would like to use their services. Validic provides the industry’s leading digital health platform connecting providers, pharmaceutical companies, payers, wellness companies and healthcare IT vendors to health data gathered from in-home clinical devices, wearables and consumer healthcare applications from 223 million patients in 47 countries. To learn more about how to leverage large-scale healthcare data for your Grand Hack solution, please visit the Validic Sponsor Booth in the Multipurpose room or click the link below.

Sign up for the Validic API

Microsoft Azure Cloud Computing

Microsoft is kindly donating Azure Cloud Computing credits to all teams who would like to use their cloud computing and web hosting services. Teams who are interested in spinning up development web-based applications and computing services should apply for credits at the link below and then go over to the Microsoft Tech Desk in the lecture hall for more information.

Apply for Azure Credits

mPower Parkinson Disease Dataset

Sage Bionetworks has given Grand Hack participants exclusive access to six months of medical data contributed by mPower participants. These data include over 9,500 individuals, 1,000 self ­reported professional diagnosis of Parkinson Disease, and almost 200,000 unique tasks measuring a variety of activities using iPhone sensors such as the accelerometer, gyroscope, microphone, and touchscreen. More information is available at the mPower Public Researcher Portal as well as in the Nature Scientific Data publication accompanying the dataset. To learn more about this dataset, as well as how to access the dataset, please visit the mPower Tech Desk in the lecture hall. Alternatively, please follow the link below to view detailed instructions.

View Detailed API Instructions

Judging Criteria

Health Impact

Does the solution have the potential for widespread public health impact? Does it address an important challenge identified in chronic condition care, connected health, healthcare at home, and/or any other clear global health need?

Innovation

How technologically innovative and creative is the solution (“better/faster/cheaper”)? Does the team provide a convincing rationale for why their solution may work, and do they address significant technical issues relevant to their problem?

Business Model

Does the project have a sustainable business model especially relevant to their customers? Does the team demonstrate plans to work in the field and continually incorporate end-user feedback?

Presentation

How effective was the presentation? Does this team have what it takes to carry on the project and implement it (e.g. cross-disciplinary expertise in technology development, clinical medicine and business/implementation)?

Track Prizes

Pfizer Chronic Condition Track

Title Description
1st Place $1500 to the team with best overall hack.
Finalist #1 $750 to the team with most promising hack.
Finalist #2 $750 to the team with most promising hack.

Intersystems Connected Health Track

Title Description
1st Place $1500 to the team with best overall hack.
Finalist #1 $750 to the team with most promising hack.
Finalist #2 $750 to the team with most promising hack.

Hacking Medicine Institute Healthcare at Home Track

Title Description
1st Place $1500 to the team with best overall hack.
Finalist #1 $750 to the team with most promising hack.
Finalist #2 $750 to the team with most promising hack.

Track-specific Prizes

Pfizer Chronic Condition Track

Title Description
Pfizer Best Mental Health Hack $500 to the team with the best mental health-oriented hack.

Intersystems Connected Health Track

Title Description
Intersystems Best EMR Integration Hack $500 to the team with the best hack involving integration with Electronic Medical Record Systems.

Hacking Medicine Institute Healthcare at Home Track

Title Description
Hacking Medicine Institute Best Aging in Place Hack $500 to the team with the best hack targeted at care of the elderly.

Koch Institute Prize

$1000 to the team with the best cancer-oriented hack in each of the 3 tracks

Gold Sponsors

Blue Sponsors

Prizes, In-Kind, and Media Sponsors