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MIT SF Grand Hack 2019 – MIT Hacking Medicine

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Interested in disrupting healthcare?

Join MIT Hacking Medicine as we bring the MIT Grand Hack to San Francisco! 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 sfgrandhack@mit.edu for more information!

Twitter Hashtag: #SFGrandHack2019

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



With approximately 133M Americans (more than 40% of the US population) suffering from one or more chronic diseases, the healthcare community is looking for more effective and efficient ways to manage chronic diseases.  Part of that pursuit is in finding sustainable ways to help patients better understand their conditions and manage their health by empowering patients, connecting them to information, care, and therapies in ways they want. Join fellow innovators to work on a challenging, multi-faceted, meaningful opportunity to advance clinical care, quality of life, and outcomes for nearly half the US.  How can we improve patient literacy and clinical understanding?  How do we help patients feel more in-control of their medical care?  What can be done to help patients understand when and where they should seek care? These are just some of the pain points begging for thoughtful, tech-enabled solutions.


Many people around the world are limited in their access to necessary healthcare services, thereby increasing their risk of poor health outcomes and serious complications. These barriers to healthcare are out of the patient’s control, largely stemming from economic disparities, lack of education, and lack of availability of services in their geographical area. How can we work for these underserved populations to deliver basic healthcare needs? How do we make high demand health care services more easily accessible? What simple technologies can be set up to introduce clinical care at minimal cost? How can we bridge the gap between care at community hospitals, clinics, and in the home? This track will work together to ensure broader access to care for underserved populations to break down social, economic, and geographical barriers.


Whether directly or indirectly from depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, substance use, personality disorders, loneliness or burnout, millions of people live with a mental health condition. Join others in the mental health track & professional burnout track to tackle the broad range of pain points surrounding this complex field. How can we better detect, diagnose, and prevent these mental health conditions that often occur from professional settings? How can we help patients suffering from conditions such as PTSD improve their health? How can we continue to de-stigmatize mental health conditions and ensure that our society better accommodates for those who live with chronic mental health conditions? How can we ensure broader access to care, especially for vulnerable populations, and improve retention in treatment?




The track prizes under each of the tracks (Self-Care in Chronic Diseases, Rural & Low Resource Setting Health Care, Mental Health) will take into account the challenges placed forward by our strategic partners and sponsors.  Part of the judging panels will be made up of subject matter experts from our strategic partners and sponsors.  The track prizes will be awarded to the best teams based on the addressing the challenges within the three tracks above!

UCSF Rosenman Institute Prize (x9):

complementary incorporation package (up to 8 hours of legal support), IP consultation and pitch deck coaching. The teams will get access to all UCSF Rosenman Institute events, including office hours, seminars and workshops, as appropriate.

$500 Atrius Health Award (x1):

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.


Prizes, In-Kind, and Media Sponsors

October 11-13, 2019

UCSF Mission Hall
550 16th St.
San Francisco, CA, 94158


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