InnovateHealth Yale is a driving force behind Health Hackathons at Yale. We sponsored the first Global Health Hackathon in January 2014 and, with the Center for Biomedical and Interventional Technology, the first broader Health Hackathon in October 2014. While hackathons are usually tech-focused, Yale’s health hackathons put an emphasis on solving real world problems facing healthcare leaders globally, and here in the US.
More recently, we have supported students launching their own hackathons.
Bulldog Hacks, run by a passionate group of Yale College students, offered Hack the Brain, a three-day event dedicated to generating promising solutions to mental health challenges. In addition to overall support, IHY funded a social impact award, that went to Team Culture Shock, and their program to address the mental health needs of international students.
Spark, a Yale social impact conference and ideation session brought together many of the students at Yale and elsewhere interested in social entrepreneurship and introduced them to some of the leading thinkers in the field. IHY co-sponsored the event and awarded a prize for the best idea focused on health or education.
Check back for new hackathons Innovate Health Yale is planning for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Global Health Hackathon, January 2014
InnovateHealth Yale asked 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students: "How can we solve some of the world’s most pressing global health issues?" Fifty outstanding students from six of Yale’s schools gathered for five hours on January 14, 2014 to take a concept that has been applied to creating software solutions and use it to address the challenges of global health.
The Hackathon was an enormous success. We can’t recreate it, but we can share with you a two minute video.
50 students, 6 Yale schools, 5 hours, 1 question. How can we solve some of the world's most pressing global health issues?
Hacking Health @ Yale, October 2014
In October 2014, we reengaged the Yale community by asking teams to hack solutions to health problems identified by clinicians, students and faculty over the course of one weekend. However, this time we wanted to expand the scope of the question. InnovateHealth Yale and the Center for Biomedical and Interventional Technology asked its most creative minds: "How can we solve some of the most pressing health issues." Graduate students, undergraduate students, and physicians formed teams and worked throughout a weekend to create a range of innovative products and services tackling these issues. Mentors from a diverse range of fields were there to help students develop and think through their ideas. At the end of the weekend, teams presented their solutions to a panel of distinguished judges. Solutions ranged from a protective gown that reduced the transmission of infectious diseases to a medical device that reformed the process of removing stents from kidneys. Many of the teams produced ideas that they are continuing to develop through the resources available at InnovateHealth Yale, and the greater Yale community.