Update: Late submissions will be accepted at https://devpost.com/submit-to/4180-health/autoregister.

health++ is a two-day weekend event (Nov. 5-6) co-hosted by Stanford's Medical and Engineering Schools that will bring together over 300 engineers, designers, healthcare professionals, and business experts to tackle problems in healthcare affordability, both globally and domestically.

Visit healthplusplus.stanford.edu for more details.


Final Deliverable

Project Expo: a ~3-4 minute pitch (slidedeck, demo, etc. included) to a group of judges

Final Presentation (top 8 finalist teams): a full 10 minute presentation, complete with Q&A

Your goal during the hackathon is not to create a full-fledged product - instead, focus on validating your solution, and proving that it is a worthwhile idea to pursue. When presenting to judges there isn't one, foolproof method. There are a number of ways to present your idea! Focus on bringing out the business and technical feasibility of your solution. Creativity in presentation is very much welcomed.

- Business Model: how will your innovation reach the hands of patients? Why is it unique compared to previous ideas in the problem space?

- Technical Prototype: software, hardware; include a live or videotaped demo in your presentation

- Mechanical Design: create a physical representation of your device, or create a virtual version in CAD, etc.

- Wireframe/Mockup: use wireframing tool to create your app workflow, free of code

- A combination of the above 

Please submit any and all presentation materials that judges will find useful in assessing your project. This includes slides of your business model, website links, video demos, etc.

Overview of Judging

  • Submissions: 2:30 PM, Sunday (Nov. 6)
      • Due to Devpost, please make sure to note what sponsor prizes you're submitting for
  • Project Expo: 3:00 - 4:30 PM, Sunday (Nov. 6)
      • All teams have ~3-4 minutes to pitch their problem and solution to groups of judges passing by
      • The top 8 teams will be chosen to present on the big stage!
  • Final Presentations: 4:40 - 6:00 PM, Sunday (Nov. 6)
      • The top 8 finalists each give a full 10-minute presentation to the grand prize judging panel
        • Suggested 7 minutes presentation, 3 minutes Q&A
  • Awards Ceremony: 6:30 - 7:30 PM


Hackathon Sponsors


$7,500 in prizes

Center for Innovation In Global Health Prize (2)

The Center for Innovation in Global Health (globalhealth.stanford.edu) leverages Stanford’s strengths to create knowledge and partner for solutions that improve health for the underserved. Located within the School of Medicine, we facilitate research, education and experiential learning and community-building initiatives in global health. We will be awarding $1,000 in prizes for winning hacks that offer new, affordable solutions that address health disparities and tackle global health problems.
Prizes include: $500 Grand Prize; Two $250 prizes

Prizes will be judged based on the criteria outlined for the main healthplusplus hackathon guidelines

Global Oncology Prize (2)

Global Oncology’s (http://globalonc.org) mission is to bring the best cancer care to underserved patients around the world. We collaborate across geographic, professional and academic borders to improve cancer care, research and education.

Two $250 prizes will be awarded to the two best Hackathon projects focused on (1) cancer care, (2) palliative care and symptom control, and/or (3) health education and global health equity.

Prizes will be judged based on the criteria outlined for the main healthplusplus hackathon guidelines

Stanford Healthcare Clinical & Business Analytics Prize

Find creative and innovate ways to present and visualize data
Create a data-driven solution that enables users to draw actionable insights from datasets

Redox Engine API Prize


Medable API Prize

This prize goes to the best use of Medable's API for a web or mobile app.

Grand Prize: 1st Place

$1000 Prize

Grand Prize: 2nd Place

$750 Prize

Grand Prize: 3rd Place

$500 Prize

Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies Prize

SEED (https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/seed) is a Stanford GSB-led initiative that’s working to end the cycle of global poverty.

SEED believes that business is one of the most powerful engines of change to move developing economies to greater prosperity.

One $250 prize will be awarded to the best Hackathon project focused on one or more of the following three areas: (1) innovative business approaches, and (2) promoting entrepreneurship in developing economies, and/or (3) breaking the link between poverty and poor health.

Prizes will be judged based on the criteria outlined for the main healthplusplus hackathon guidelines

IBM Watson API Prize

Prize: 20 hours of technical consultation with IBM team (includes Watson, Bluemix, etc)

Technical – show us how you used the technology of IBM Watson and IBM Bluemix?
Innovative – what makes your solution different?
Impactful – what social impact does your hack make?
Original - show us something we haven’t seen before.

We love stories, so practice your pitch and convince us of the importance of your application.

Grand Prize: Finalist (8)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Ami Bhatt, MD

Ami Bhatt, MD
Assistant Professor, Medicine (Hematology) + Genetics @ Stanford

Anurag Mairal, MD

Anurag Mairal, MD
Exec VP @ Orbees Medical

Amish Parashar

Amish Parashar
Venture Partner & Director of Strategic BD @ Yamaha Motor Ventures

Thomas Robinson

Thomas Robinson
Professor, Pediatrics + Medicine @ Stanford

Robert Chang, MD

Robert Chang, MD
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology @ Stanford

Gurmeet Sran, MD

Gurmeet Sran, MD
Medical Director @ Dignity Health

Malinka Walaliyadde

Malinka Walaliyadde
Partner @ a16z

Farzad Soleimani, MD

Farzad Soleimani, MD
Associate Director, Biodesign Fellowship @ Texas Medical Center

Ravi Pamnani

Ravi Pamnani
Director of Marketing @ Transcend Medical

Judging Criteria

  • 1. Problem Definition: what is the problem and why is it important?
    Ability to articulate targeted pain point(s) around the problem space Clearly defined use case that matches articulated pain points Potential for impact
  • 2. Technical Feasibility: what are the technical specifications?
    Feasibility of implementation Solution provided is technically sound Plans for a Beta version are clearly laid out
  • 3. Business Feasibility: how will your solution reach the hands of patients?
    Path to market Business model/scalability/distribution
  • 4. Creativity and Newness of the Idea: what solutions exist and why is yours different?
  • 5. Progress During the Hackathon: what did you accomplish this weekend?
    Prototype development stage Presentation thoroughness Next steps Story of progression
  • 6. Relevance to Healthcare Affordability: how does your project relate to the hackathon's theme?

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