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Undergraduate How to Hack Healthcare (H^3)

November 22, 2014 - November 23, 2014

E15 Wiesner Building, Lower Atrium

Calling all undergrads!  Join MIT Hacking Medicine for our 2nd annual How to Hack Healthcare (H^3) event! H^3 is a hackathon to expose undergraduates to the challenges facing the healthcare system today, and to equip these students with the resources and skills to tackle them. Over a two-day period participants will hear from industry experts and clinicians on the existing problems, form teams, work on projects, engage end-users and clinicians for feedback, and get the opportunity to win awards & continued support!

Thank you to our sponsors! 


How to Hack Healthcare Schedule

Day One: Saturday, November 22, 2014

  • 9:00 – 10:00 AM: Breakfast + Registration
  • 10:00 – 11:30 AM: Hackathon Kickoff
    • Welcome
    • Hilary Ginsburg – Last year’s H^3 winner
    • Hack 101
    • Problem pitches (by clinicians)
  • 11:30 – 12:15 PM: Team Formation
  • 12:15 – 1:00 PM: Solution Pitching (by students)
  • 1:00 PM: Lunch + Hacking Begins
  • For rest of the day: Hacking!
  • 4:00 PM: Deadline for teams to submit team name and idea
  • 6:00 PM: Dinner

Day Two: Sunday, November 23, 2014

  • 9:00 – 12:00 PM: Breakfast + Hacking + Mentoring
  • 10:00 – 12:00 PM: Practice Pitches – Required!
  • 1:30 PM: Deadline for final presentations to be uploaded to Google slides
  • 2:00 – 3:30 PM: Final Presentations
  • 3:30 – 4:00 PM: Judging + Mingling
  • 3:30 – 4:00 PM: Closing Ceremony + Awards!

We are thrilled to have amazing mentors present throughout this weekend to help you build and validate your solutions.

KC Collins MD – MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management. General Surgery Resident at BI Deaconess Medical Center.

Ben Bearnot, MD – Emergency Medicine Fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH)

Gabriel Brat, MD – Internal Medicine Resident at MGH

Ying Cao, MD, MEng – Psychiatry Fellow working at Harvard University Health Services

Raymond Hwang, MD, MBA, MEng – Orthopedic Surgeon/Medical Director at New England Baptist Hospital; Assistant Professor at Tufts University Medical School

Dorrie Bartels, RN – Registered Nurse and Founder of HIT Remedy

Carl Dahlberg, MD – Emergency Physician at Steward Healthcare

Sung Han – 14 years of experience in global marketing and business development

Jeff Engler, MBA – Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Rock Health

Cole Shelton – MBA student at Harvard Business School; Experience in product development, engineering and entrepreneurship

John Rodley – CTO and Co-Founder of Twiage

Ralph Passarella – CEO and Co-Founder at Reify Health

Chip Ach – Executive Director of Software Development at athenahealth

Tami Rich, MBA – Patient advocate and caregiver. Winner of Hacking Pediatrics 2014

Eric Peterson – Computer software at Curaspan

Katy Rodden – Product manager at Curaspan Health Group

Soumya Debnath – Technical lead at Curaspan

Ravi Siruvuri – Curaspan Health Group

Mae-ellen Gavin – Product management and marketing at Curaspan

… and more!

Who are the Judges? 

José Colucci, PhD – José Colucci is Sr. Portfolio Director as well as a Health & Wellness lead for IDEO Boston. Jose collaborates with multidisciplinary teams on myriad projects ranging from medical device designs to product strategies for large corporations to design provocations on the topic of aging. José holds dual masters degrees in mechanical engineering and industrial design as well as a PhD in biomedical engineering.


Crystal Law – Crystal Law is CEO and Co-Founder of Twiage, a Blueprint Health company, focused on making EMT to Emergency Department patient handoff seamless. Crystal has previously worked as a drug development strategy consultant for top-10 biopharmaeutical companies, an EMT for Cataldo Ambulance, and leadership lead for Boston Young Health Professionals (BYHP).


Maulik Majmudar, MD – Maulik is a cardiologist and Associate Director of the Healthcare Transformation Lab at MGH, and an instructor at Harvard Medical School. He is the Chief Medical Officer and a founding member of Quanttus, Inc., a personal health start-up company.

What will judges will be looking for? 

  1. Health Impact
  2. Technological Innovation
  3. Sustainable Business Model
  4. Presentation
  5. Why are you the right team?


What can you win?

1st Place – $250The solution that best fits judges’ evaluation criteria

2nd Place – $150The solution that best fits judges’ evaluation criteria

3rd Place – $50The solution that best fits judges’ evaluation criteria

MD Idea Lab – 1 month incubationChosen by the UMass Venture Development Center

Rough Draft Ventures – Opportunity to pitch to RDV team and receive up to $25K in funding

So what should you demo?

3 minute presentation which should include:

  • Problem/need
  • Demo Solution
  • Business model

Followed by 2 minute Q&A session with judges


A practice presentation is REQUIRED. Once you register your team, you’ll receive a 5-7min time slot to practice with mentors on Sunday between 10-12p.

What is a healthcare hackathon?

A health hackathon is a weekend-long event where people with different skillsets and backgrounds come together to solve a medical challenge. Check-out this 5 minute video to see a hackathon in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IO-V9OdBIjE Last year’s winner wrote a blog post about her experiences at H^3 last year. Read about it here: https://medtechboston.medstro.com/the-h3-how-to-hack-healthcare-undergraduate-hackathon-was-our-invitation-to-the-world-of-innovation/

What hacking resources will be available to me?

We will have some electronics prototyping supplies available to you, 3D printing capabilities off-site, as well as gift-cards that you can use to buy supplies that are not provided at the event.

Do you provide transportation or overnight housing?

Unfortunately we are not able to provide transportation or overnight housing for students from moredistant universities this year. We encourage you to check out these accommodation options close to MIT campus: https:http://housing.mit.edu/off_campus/hotels_motels%E2%80%94cambridgeboston For transportation, Cambridge/Boston are very walk-able cities and public transportation runs often. The MIT Media Lab is right off of the Kendall Square subway stop (on the Red Line).

Where should I park?

Several MIT parking lots are free on weekends. Check out the official list here http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/parking/visitors/public_parking.html. On Sundays, street parking is free in Cambridge.

More questions?

Email us at h3undergradhack@mit.edu



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