Miami Healthcare Hackathon 2018

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Miami Healthcare Hackathon

Hacking the Social Determinants of Health


Nearly 75 people signed up to join the Miami Healthcare Hackathon on Dec. 1 & 2 at CIC Miami. Participants pitched 22 different problems to solve — all focused on a social determinant of health that affects Miami-area residents.

Most exciting about the 2018 Miami Healthcare Hackathon was the diversity in the participants’ backgrounds and expertise. The variety of professions and experiences made all the difference for problem identification and solving.

Eight teams formed on Saturday morning after a keynote talk by FIU College of Medicine’s Luther Brewster, PhD. Once the teams got started, they had just 28 hours to research their social determinant of health and create the concept, business model, and go-to-market plan for an enterprise that could solve the problem.

The Miami Healthcare Hackathon was a truly collaborative forum for entrepreneurs, clinicians, researchers, IT professionals, and many other community members to create startup concepts that would improve Miami’s health outcomes.

Hackathon Winners and Prizes

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.

Hackathon Judges

The esteemed panel of judges had the tough responsibility of picking just one top idea for the $1,000 prize. Ultimately, Contigua was unanimously selected as the winner of the 2018 Miami Healthcare Hackathon.

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

Scenes from the Miami Healthcare Hackathon



Co-Hosted by SBC Scale Digital Health & MIT Hacking Medicine

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1 December, 2018 8:30 am - 2 December, 2018 4:30 pm



1 December, 2018 8:30 am
2 December, 2018 4:30 pm
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