Deadline to Apply: November 20, 2019 @ 11:59 PM ET

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Interested in disrupting healthcare?

Join MIT Hacking Medicine as we bring the MIT Grand Hack to New York! This is the weekend to brainstorm and build innovative solutions with hundreds of like-minded engineers, clinicians, designers, developers and business people. Within our multi-theme event, there is sure to be a healthcare challenge for everyone! 

Interested in helping out? You can partner with us, become a sponsor, or sign up to be a mentor! Email for more information!

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Watch and listen to the full video below from our MIT Grand Hack in Boston from April 2018!




Cancer is a vicious disease, but the ramifications in children are unparalleled – join us as we tackle problems unique to this patient population with all the complexities of adult cancers, but with additional layers of emotion and unknowns. Spend the weekend developing new solutions to better personalize the care, management, and treatment of cancers to kids!  Work with a passionate team seeking to make a dent by empowering pediatric cancer patients, their families and caregivers to improve their understanding, accelerate cutting edge research, and most importantly to help them manage and beat the cancer? Explore the lifecycle of the pediatric cancer patient journey, and explore innovative ways to bring novel diagnostics and therapies to patients faster.



Burnout, anxiety, stress, depression, substance use and abuse, millions of people live with one or more mental health conditions across the world. Join the mental health track as we look to identify new ways to empower patients to better assess their mental well-being and identify earlier points of interventions.  How can we address the broad range of pain points surrounding this multifaceted and complex field? How can we address burnout issues facing the healthcare workforce ranging from physicians to nurses to social workers? How can we close the gap between mental health care needs, demand, and delivery?  How do we develop ways to de-stigmatize mental health, empower patients and their caregivers, and develop robust tools and lasting solutions to manage our mental well-being?



Help us eliminate pain, rehabilitate injury, and optimize physical performance. Whether recovery from injury or improving our daily performance and physical well being, how can we push the boundaries of human ability. Rehabilitation offers a path for patients to restore and improve their physical, sensory, and mental capabilities once lost or diminished due to injury, illness, or disease. Physical performance helps us become more aware of our physical well being and incorporate information and sensors into our daily lives. How can we empower patients to achieve and maintain a high level of independence by improving function and quality of life? What technologies and solutions can be developed to assist them in their journey to recovery and optimal performance.


Dr. Jon Bloom is a board-certified physician and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in technology development, patient monitoring, biomedical research, and health care delivery.  He is the chief executive officer of Podimetrics, a care management company with the leading solution to help prevent diabetic foot ulcers, one of the most debilitating and costly complications of diabetes. Dr. Bloom co-founded Podimetrics in 2011 while a student at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Podimetrics combines an FDA-cleared SmartMat™ with wraparound care management to spot signs of ulcers, on average, five weeks before they usually would present clinically. By combining cutting-edge technology with best-in-class care management, Podimetrics earns high engagement rates from patients and achieves unparalleled outcomes saving limbs, lives, and money. Dr. Bloom served as a Clinical Assistant Professor and staff anesthesiologist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He also served as the Director of Global Medical Affairs for Covidien’s Respiratory and Monitoring Solutions division in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Bloom is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, completing residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He has co-authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications with a primary focus on health care economics and perioperative complications.

As a Partner on the Healthcare Services team at Deerfield, Leslie works with a variety of healthcare services and healthcare information technology companies that are both current and potential investment partners. Before joining Deerfield in 2005, Leslie was co-manager of an ING branded healthcare hedge fund she launched in 2000. Prior to that she spent eleven years in the investment banking, high yield research and equity research departments at Furman Selz and ING, where she focused exclusively on companies in the healthcare arena. Leslie currently sits on five corporate boards and is a member of the Polsky Council affiliated with the University of Chicago.

Emily received her PhD from the Harvard-MIT division of Health Sciences & Technology. Her graduate research centered around neuroimaging of the aging brain, with an emphasis on understanding novel biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease. During her studies, she participated in the 2016 MIT Hacking Medicine Grand Hack, from which her company Hey,Charlie was born. Hey,Charlie is a digital platform that focuses on the social connectivity of individuals in recovery for substance use disorder (SUD) that offers novel behavioral modification techniques for SUD, and has been piloted at several locations across the US. In parallel, Emily has pursued a varied career in the digital health industry beyond her graduate studies. She has worked as a staff scientist at a neuroimaging start-up in Cambridge, as a scientist at IBM Watson Health, and is currently leads the data science division of a digital health company in Boston called Wellframe. She is a strong advocate for women in STEM and has demonstrated this through her instructor role for the Girls Who Code national organization and as the executive co-chair of Graduate Women at MIT. In her free time, Emily is an avid reader and has a lifelong goal of visiting all 61 of America’s National Parks. So far she has seen 20.

Chris Molaro is the CEO and co-founder of NeuroFlow, a digital health technology and analytics company promoting behavioral health access and engagement in all care settings. Chris is a former U.S. Army Captain from the US Military Academy at West Point and earned his MBA at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he also spent time as digital health consultant at Mckinsey. Chris was also the founder of the literacy non-profit Things We Read.

Special prizes

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$500 Atrius Health Award

This prize is awarded to the team whose service/product advances the patient value of ambulatory care (higher quality, better patient experience, lower cost) and/or help reduce provider burnout in the outpatient setting.

Atrius Health is a primary care based, multi-specialty delivery system with over 1100 clinicians serving over 700,000 patients across eastern Massachusetts. We are a national leader in population health management and value based care with a vision of transforming care to improve lives.

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UHS Post-Hackathon Prize

At its core essence, our UHS Innovation Hub is an aggregation of internal and external innovators that interact and collaborate to surface + take to market new ideas that solve behavioral health challenges.

UHS will offer 10 hours of mentoring from their KOLs. UHS will pair the top contender(s) with UHS facilities to submit solution through the Innovation Hub to vie for approval from the Innovation Steering Committee for a functioning beta, including corporate funding and the development of an innovation portfolio management team. If pilot trial is successful, your solution would be pitched to the Innovation Executive Committee to scale across the UHS behavioral health division. 


Deerfield Award

Deerfield is a healthcare investment firm committed to advancing healthcare through investment, information and philanthropy.  The firm currently has over $9 billion of assets under management and invests broadly in both public and private healthcare companies with significant portfolio flexibility regarding company size and security type.  In further support of its mission, Deerfield recently announced that it is investing $635 million to create a transformative life sciences campus in New York City, designed to integrate the capabilities of innovators from academia, government, industry and the not-for-profit sectors to tackle unmet needs in healthcare. Deerfield additionally announced that it intends to commit more than $2 billion in research and seed funding by 2030 to develop much-needed new and innovative medicines and treatment solutions. 

As a growing presence in the NYC’s healthcare ecosystem, Deerfield is excited to partner with MIT Hacking Medicine to serve as one of the sponsors for this year’s New York based Grand Hack.  In connection with this sponsorship, Deerfield will host, at its New York City offices, a pitch event for the top three finishers in each of the three tracks during the spring of 2020.  To help teams prepare for this event, Deerfield has also committed to providing one hour of 1×1 pitch prep for each company.  Companies participating in the spring pitch event will be considered for potential seed investment and feedback will be provided to all teams.

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Fordham Foundry Prize

The Foundry is Fordham University’s Hub for Innovation + Entrepreneurship which serves to inspire all Fordham University students, alumni, and external community members to live lives of character and consequence by serving their local and global communities for the greater good through entrepreneurial endeavors.  The Fordham Foundry is a mixed-use business incubator with locations at both the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses. The Foundry is an integral part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem at Fordham University and helps promising entrepreneurs launch new businesses, manage growing ventures and ultimately help create jobs.

The Fordham Foundry is offering a one on one mentorship session to the chosen team and will provide follow up sessions as needed. Please schedule your appointment by contacting the team at


November 22-24, 2019

122 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001


Schedule subject to change. Check back regularly for more details!

Time Event Details
6:00 PM Registration opens
7:00 PM Event kickoff – Opening presentations
8:45 PM Breakout participant pitching session
10:00 PM Team formation
10:00 PM Friday events end
Time Event Details
8:30 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Saturday Kick-off
12:00 PM Team Registration
12:00 PM Lunch
6:00 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Practice Pitches
10:00 PM Formal event ends
Time Event Details
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Practice Pitches
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Final Presentations (3 min presentations + 2 min Q&A)
3:30 PM Prizes presented
5:00 PM Event ends