That’s a Wrap for the 2018 Miami Healthcare Hackathon

That’s a Wrap for the 2018 Miami Healthcare Hackathon

03-Dec-2018 by Catherine Taylor

“Entrepreneurs at the Miami Healthcare Hackathon impressed me with their keen understanding of what it takes to truly make healthcare personal and connected to common social problems that deeply impact health and health outcomes.”

This statement came from Gyasi Chisley shortly after the close of the Miami Healthcare Hackathon (#MIAhack18). Gyasi, Dr. Luther Brewster, and Gabriela Sabaté had the tough job of judging the pitch presentations and selecting the top three teams from among eight that formed on Saturday.

All teams were responsible for developing a concept that would address one specific social determinant of health (examples: poverty, access to transportation). Teams were judged on:

  •  Impact: How large of a health impact would this solution have if it’s implemented? How significant is the problem is solves?
  • Innovation: Is the solution technologically creative? Is it both innovative and feasible?
  • Business Model: Does the solution have a sustainable business model?
  • Presentation: Did the effectiveness of the presentation show that this team could carry this concept forward?

Every team did an exceptional job at the Miami Healthcare Hackathon, given the complexity of the problems and the short amount of time to go from solution conception on Saturday morning to presentation on Sunday afternoon.

Here are the top three teams from #MIAhack18!

First Place: $1,000

A team of six came together to form Contigua, a member-based concept that would connect South Florida’s seniors, particularly those who are isolated, lonely, and lack access to services, to a community of online and in-person resources to help with their well being and healthcare.

Contigua team members: James Bell, Marc Charlot, Hector Iribarne, Desert Michaud,Vinay Nagaraj, and Alex Saldarriaga

Second Place: $500

Carrot Preventative Health was formed by three other Hackathon participants to flip the healthcare focus from treatment to prevention. The enterprise would financially incent and reward people for preventative healthcare behaviors, with stakeholders such as payors and employers playing a critical role in forming the shared-risk and reward network.

Carrot team members: Andres Mujica, Julia Hoffman, and Jamie Heiney

Third Place: $250

The third-place team created a gamefied solution, called The ArkAngel Network, that would put financial rewards in the hands of homeless individuals and people living in poverty when they make specific wellness-oriented changes and achieve certain health metrics. In this model, a program leader from the vulnerable population could earn up to $100,000 annually. Angels (participants) would receive more than $1500/year for achieving health goals.

ArkAngel team members: José Perrone, Luigi Pissani, Rafael Palhinha, Patricia Garcia, and Michael Valencia

Congratulations to the top three teams and to everyone who participated in the first Miami Healthcare Hackathon! It was truly a special weekend.

Gyasi shared some concluding thoughts with us about the experience:

“Overall, the quality of ideas and business models presented at the Miami Healthcare Hackathon shows just how close we really are to breakthrough healthcare-delivery models that improve lives and could significantly lower costs in the U.S. health system.”

Thanks again to our 2018 judges!

Luther Brewster, PhD

FIU College of Medicine
Chief of the Division of Policy, Research & Community Development

Gyasi Chisley

Senior Vice President & Head of Strategy

Gabriela Sabaté 

Health Semantics
Founder & CEO
Babson WIN Lab
Entrepreneur In Residence


Catherine Taylor provides writing, PR, and event support for SBC Scale Digital Health Miami. She has a 15-year career in communications and marketing, which has included boutique agencies, a large business association, and her own start-up agency in Miami.