Ximedica to Sponsor Yale Health Hackathon

January 17, 2017

Jan 17, 2017

The Yale Center for Biomedical Innovation & Technology (CBIT) will host its fourth annual healthcare hackathon, held Jan. 20-22, 2017, at the Yale School of Medicine. In collaboration with the Yale School of Medicine Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, the theme of this year’s hackathon is “Re-engineering Patient Experience and Provider Engagement,” with special tracks on the Future of Medical Imaging, and Process Redesign. Ximedica is a Silver Sponsor of the event. As in years past, the event will draw about 350 participants, mentors, judges, speakers, and volunteers ranging from engineers, scientists, designers, clinicians, entrepreneurs, students, patients, and hospital administrators from across the US and globally, with the shared goal of coming together and developing innovative solutions to some of healthcare’s biggest challenges.

The event begins with a Friday night kickoff at the Yale TAC Auditorium (300 Cedar St, New Haven) at 6pm, followed by networking and brainstorming of potential healthcare challenges to “hack” over the weekend. The evening concludes with a networking happy hour at 9pm at Pacifico (220 College St, New Haven), sponsored by Yale’s very own Health Venture startup, where participants can continue connecting with each other and start planning for the next day’s pitches. Friday’s events are free and open to the public.

The excitement ramps up Saturday morning, where registered participants have up to 60 seconds to pitch a particular healthcare “pain point” they’d like to tackle over the weekend—anywhere from better medication reminders, to better cancer detection techniques, to anything in between. Attendees—most of whom are meeting for the first time—then coalesce around these pain point pitches and form teams to develop potential solutions over the next 24 hours. Mentors from industry, academia, government, hospitals, and startups will be available to provide feedback and guidance—sometimes Shark Tank style.

Stresses run high as the event culminates in a final presentation to the judges on Sunday afternoon at the Yale Harkness Auditorium (333 Cedar St). Each team has exactly 3 minutes to present the problem they worked on, the solution they developed, and a business model; followed by 2 minutes of Q&A from the judges. Afterwards, judges—CEO’s and senior leaders of companies, academia, and hospitals—will deliver the awards and prizes.

For additional information and the full schedule, please visit the website: http://www.yalehackhealth.org.