NYP Hospital is pleased to launch the InnovateNYP: Open Challenge, a 10-week competition to identify and prototype innovative technology solutions to enhance the patient experience and provider communication.

Open to the general public as well as all NYP employees, the Challenge will award up to $25,000 in cash prizes.

All entries must be submitted by July 25th at midnight, meaning one minute after 11:59 PM EST on July 24th, and similar to last year’s Hackathon, prototypes will be judged at the end of the submission period.

Interested participants may form teams of up to eight members to develop a working prototype that falls within one of the following categories:

  • Patient Engagement, such as tools for Patient Experience Personalization, Patient Education, and Patient Entertainment
  • Care Provider Communication, including tools for Collaboration Dashboards, Patient Document Grouping, and Patient Care Tracking 

To capitalize on both industry and non-industry expertise, participants may wish to consider creating collaborative teams consisting of both NYP employees and outside designers and coders.

The judging panel will consist of NYP executives and health tech community leaders.

We hope you'll join us!



The Open Challenge is open to:

  • individuals who are at least 18 years of age as of Monday, May 18, 2015; and
  • teams of up to eight eligible individuals, where each team member meets the eligibility requirements (a “Team”).

Each Team shall appoint one individual to represent and act on behalf of the team, including entering a Submission.

The following individuals are NOT eligible to participate in the Open Challenge, either individually or as a member of a Team, regardless of whether or not they meet the criteria set forth above:

  • any individual who at the time of the Open Challenge is involved with the design, production, promotion, execution, or distribution of the Open Challenge, including each member of any such individual’s immediate family or household; and
  • any individual whose participation in the Open Challenge would, in the determination of the Sponsor, create a conflict of interest.

For purposes of determining a member of an individual’s immediate family:

  • members of an individual’s immediate family include such individual’s spouse, children and step-children, parents and step-parents, and siblings and step-siblings; and
  • members of an individual’s household include any other person that shares the same residence as such individual for at least three (3) months out of the year.


Submission must include:

  1. The name of your submission
  2. A text description of your submission and its features
  3. All team members' names
  4. The code to your prototype
  5. A working prototype stage of completeness

Additionally, all submissions must be created using one of the following approved tools:

For more information please review the Participant Info Packet that can be found on NYP's Innovation Center website here. 

Hackathon Sponsors


$25,000 in prizes

1st Place

$15,000 cash prize

2nd Place

$7,500 cash prize

3rd Place

$2,500 cash prize

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Peter Fleischut, M.D.

Peter Fleischut, M.D.
Associate Chief Innovation Officer

Brad Weinberg, M.D.

Brad Weinberg, M.D.
Founder, Blueprint Health

Aurelia Boyer

Aurelia Boyer
Senior Vice President & CIO, New York-Presbyterian

Peter Neupert

Peter Neupert
Adaptive Biotechnologies Corp

Indu Subaiya, M.D.

Indu Subaiya, M.D.
Co-Chairman & CEO, Health 2.0

Robert E. Kelly, M.D.

Robert E. Kelly, M.D.
President, New York-Presbyterian

David Vawdrey, PHD

David Vawdrey, PHD
Vice President, Value Institute at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Judging Criteria

  • Ease of Use (20 points)
    How intuitive is the experience? Would the end user find the application easy to use and understand?
  • Design (20 points)
    Does the prototype have an appealing aesthetic? Is its interface clear and simple?
  • Benefit for Users (20 points)
    Would the intended end user actually use this application? What would users gain from their experience using the application?
  • Creativity and Innovation (20 points)
    Is this a new idea? Does technology like this already exist? How innovative is the concept?
  • Overall Quality (20 points)
    Does it address any of the issues and problem areas noted by NYP on the Open Challenge website? Is the submission practical and useful to the hospital and patients? Is this a tool that could be easily implemented?

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