Who can enter the challenge?

The Open Challenge is OPEN to EVERYONE, including NYP employees!* 


How can I join?

You should register for the challenge here on our ChallengePost page and check out our in person events on Eventbrite: InnovateNYP: Open Challenge Info and Networking Event and InnovateNYP: Open Challenge Workshop and Q&A Session! Then be sure to keep an eye out for updates during the course of the Open Challenge.


Is it free to join?



I’m from outside New York City—can I still participate?

Yes, as long as you (or a member of your team) would be physically available to present at the Demo Day, if selected as a finalist.


Do I have to join a team?

No, but it may be easier to work with others when building a prototype. Remember, you want to account for design, UX and coding. You can join a team by posting in the Discussion section or by meeting some folks at the in-person events that NYP is hosting for the Open Challenge.


Does my team have to include both members of the general public AND NYP employee(s)?

No, but it is strongly encouraged that teams combine members of diverse skill sets and backgrounds.


How many people can be on my team?

No more than 8 people can form a team. 


Where am I supposed to meet potential teammates?

NYP will be hosting two separate information sessions for the Open Challenge that will invite registered and potential participants to come out and learn more about the challenge and to meet other registered and potential participants. Here are the details:

InnovateNYP: Open Challenge Info and Networking Event

When: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

Where: Blueprint Health

447 Broadway

2nd Floor

New York, NY 10013

About: This event is being held as an opportunity for members of the tech community and NYP staff to learn more about the challenge and to meet potential teammates. 

Complimentary beverages and light snacks will be provided at the event. Please RSVP if you are able to attend! 

InnovateNYP: Open Challenge Workshop and Q&A Session

When: Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)

Where: Riverview Terrace @ NYP/Columbia

177 Fort Washington Ave. 

New York, NY 10032

About: This event is being held as an opportunity for teams and participants to get together and learn more about the specific aspects of developing and implementing technologies at the hospital. 

The workshop will include:

  • A facilitated ideation session 
  • A discussion led by members of NYP's Information Security team
  • Discussions led by NYP care providers and members of the IT challenge planning team
  • 1 on 1 Q&A opportunities with the speakers

Complimentary breakfast, snacks and beverages will be provided. Please RSVP if you are able to attend!


Where is our team supposed to work on our submission?

That’s up to your team to decide, however, all teams and participants are prohibited from working on their submission on any NYP premises-excluding InnovateNYP: Open Challenge sponsored events such as theWorkshop and Q&A Session at the Riverview Terrace at Columbia Presbyterian. 


Will there be access to data?

Yes. Fictitious patient data is available to all teams by visiting NYP's Innovation Center website here.

This data will be “scrubbed,” meaning it will not have any real patient personal information. We are creating these data sets just for this Open Challenge. We will also have members of the hospital’s technology staff (that are part of the planning team and ineligible to participate) available throughout the Open Challenge to help answer your questions.


Are mobile solutions within scope of the Open Challenge?

Yes, we are open to mobile and tablet solutions that meet the goal of creating the best possible end user experience.


Can I build on open-source tools?

Yes, but each element of open source code must be identified, and you must comply with applicable open source use terms and conditions.


Who owns the prototype we make?

NYP is not taking ownership of your work, but NYP will require a license that permits NYP to use, copy, create derivative works, distribute, display and perform your work. Projects that demo must be “freezed” and shared with NYP to showcase on ChallengePost.com.


When are submissions due?

Submissions must be submitted online by Friday, July 24, 2015 at 11:59PM EST to the challenge’s ChallengePost page.


What if I don’t live in New York City?

At least one team member must be present in person at the Demo Day to present their team’s submission in order to be eligible to win.


What is the format for the presentations at the Demo Day?

Finalists are responsible for bringing with them the equipment they require to present their submissions to the judging panel, i.e.—mobile device, laptop, tablet.

Microphone and projection audio/visual equipment will be provided at the event’s venue. Further details and specifications of the event space and audio/visual capabilities will be confirmed at a later date.

The event will be open to the public and all are welcome to attend in compliance with the venue’s maximum occupancy limitations.

Winners will be selected after the conclusion of all the finalists’ presentations and announced at the Demo Day event on a date TBD. All finalists are asked to please remain at the event until the announcement of the winning teams. 


Will there be prizes given at the event?

Yes. The individual or team with the highest combined score will take the 1st Prize award of $15,000. The individual or team with the second highest combined score will take the 2nd Prize award of $7,500. The individual or team with the third highest combined score will take the 3rd Prize award of $2,500. If a team wins a prize, the prize will be divided equally among the team’s members.

(*Subject to certain exceptions set forth in the Official Rules).  


What is the scope of the Open Challenge?

Our hope is that we will receive submissions from the challenge that help address or provide solutions within the following categories:

Patient Engagement solutions

At NYP, we’re all about our patients’—we want them to feel comfortable, safe, and happy—and we think there a million ways to use technology to help them. Here are a few ideas that we’ve put together based on patient and care provider feedback about the hospital experience on potential tech solutions to innovate NYP: 

Patient Experience Personalization tool

  • Imagine a tool that allowed patients to personalize their hospital experience from the moment they check in through their post-stay care. What if this tool allowed patients to share personal preferences like what they like to eat, when they like to sleep, what type of exercise they like to do, what their hobbies are?
  • What if there were a tool that were personalized to a patient’s intake process that provided them and their loved ones useful information about the hospital—and its facilities, the unit the patient will be treated and staying in, and information about what they can expect in their first few hours at the hospital?
  • What if there were a tool that allowed patients to upload photos of their family, friends, pets—that they could access through a tablet or could be used to comfort them throughout their stay?
  • Wouldn’t it be great if this tool weren’t limited to intake? What if this tool allowed a patient to continually update preferences and make choices about their care throughout their hospital stay? For example, allowing patients to choose their treatment, therapy or exercise options when applicable.
  • What if there was a tool that allowed patients to track how they felt throughout the course of their treatment—much like a daily journal—allowing a patient to personally document pain, progress, exercise, mental state, appetite and food intake?

Patient Education tool

  • Imagine having a patient education tool that allowed them to access information—videos, articles, pictures and testimonials about their procedures, treatments and even outpatient care like self-dressing, medicating, bathing, suggested diet and what to expect?
  • What if that tool included only curated information that patients and their loved ones could rely on?

Patient Entertainment tool

  • Being in a hospital can be hard on patients—why not help them at least stay entertained?
  • Imagine an NYP game-room program that allowed patients to play games with other patients at the hospital?
  • What about having access to a library of e-books, audiobooks, podcasts and music?
  • What about taking an educational escape to a far away, foreign land with an entertainment tool that allowed patients to take a virtual vacation and see and learn about different destinations and cultures from around the world.

Care Provider Communication solutions

At NYP we know that our providers and support staff work tirelessly to care for our patients and make sure that their experience at our hospital is a safe, pleasant and efficient. In order to help facilitate their work and maintain top-notch standards of care, here are a few communication solutions that we have come up with to help make their jobs as seamless as possible:

Collaboration Dashboard tool

  • Imagine a group instant messaging communication tool that connected an entire comprehensive care team and enabled all relevant care providers and support staff related to a patient to communicate with each other instantly.
  • What if that tool listed all relevant information about the comprehensive care team—their contact information, their bio, their picture and their shift schedule?
  • What if that tool made updates to the team and its members in real time?

Patient Document Grouping tool

  • What if there were a place that contained all of the documents and notes relevant to a patient that was available to their entire comprehensive care team at any time from any place?
  • Imagine all of a patients’ information in one place, updating in real time without requiring staff to chase down the information about a patient that they needed?

Patient Care Tracking tool

  • Imagine a program for all providers and support staff that were part of a patient’s comprehensive care team that housed a check-list all of the necessary tasks that must be done—i.e., bathing, dress changing, feeding, etc.
  • What if this program were able to identify who on the care team were responsible for a given task and alerted them that they needed to complete their task?
  • What if that program were able to recognize when a task were complete and then alert “whoever” was next that it was their turn to perform their given task?
  • What if this program contained a function for quick note taking and relaying to document their interaction with the patient and provide a patient status update?

Additionally, we will provide basic information about the hospital’s current technologies, systems and capabilities to help participants consider NYP’s parameters in their submissions and ideally factor ease of implementation and feasibility into their solutions.


Are there any requirements for submissions in order to be eligible?

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.