Healthcare Makerthon

The NYU Healthcare Makerthon is a high energy opportunity to work alongside passionate members of the NYU community to solve for impactful, unmet needs in healthcare. You will experience the rush of being challenged and thinking on your feet with your multi-disciplinary team and industry mentors. Teams of NYU students, faculty, researchers, and staff will compete to win over $10,000 in total prizes.

Healthcare Makerthon Weekend will be held from Friday, October 26th through Sunday, October 28th.

Looking to ideate around a challenge or join a team? Come to the Makerthon Challenge Announcement & Team Mate Hunt on Thursday, Oct 11, 2018, from 5-7pm at the Leslie eLab.

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  • Who Should Attend?

    The goal of the NYU Healthcare Makerthon is to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration across the NYU community to build solutions to innovative healthcare challenges. Whether you’re a current student, researcher, faculty or staff/administrative member from Tandon School of Engineering, School of Medicine, Langone Health, Stern School of Business, College of Arts and Science, College of Nursing, College of Dentistry, or any other NYU school, college or institution, you will fit right in! Please note: Only current NYU and NYU Langone Health students, faculty, researchers and staff are invited to attend all Healthcare Makerthon events. No members outside the NYU community (including Alumni) will be allowed into any Healthcare Makerthon event.

    Q: Do I need to be a CURRENT NYU student, faculty, researcher or staff member to participate in the Makerthon Weekend?

    • Yes. If you intend to compete as an individual in the NYU Healthcare Makerthon, you must be a current NYU student, faculty member, researcher or staff member. If you intend to compete as a team, all members of your team must be current NYU students, faculty members, researchers or staff members.

    Q: I’m a healthcare practitioner, what do I get out of the Healthcare Makerthon?

    • Be a part of a practitioner-led innovation
    • Learn how to take an idea from concept to prototyping
    • Learn how to prototype solutions to healthcare’s most pressing innovative challenges
    • Work on a multi-disciplinary team of engineers and designers
    • Connect with healthcare entrepreneurs and investors

    Q: I’m an engineer or a developer, what do I get out of the Healthcare Makerthon?

    • Try new APIs and use healthcare sensors
    • Diversify your portfolio with healthcare projects
    • Work on real world problems with healthcare experts to build the right solutions
    • Receive guidance from industry experts
    • Rapidly and iteratively build MVPs based on customer insights

    Q: I’m a business student, what do I get out of the Healthcare Makerthon?

    • Experience a rapid, weekend-long bootcamp in venture creation - Connect with healthcare entrepreneurs, investors, sponsors, and industry experts in the NYC venture and startup community
    • Meet and work alongside engineers and developers as a team
    • Opportunity to pitch to investors and potential to win awards and prize money
    • Get out of the case-study mantra and apply your business acumen to solve real world challenges

    Q: I’m a designer, what do I get out of the Healthcare Makerthon?

    • Apply your design skills to real-world challenges to create positive impact for people
    • Rapidly and iteratively prototype potential solutions
    • Create human-centered solutions that make it easier for providers and patients to manage health
    • Diversify your portfolio with healthcare projects
    • Work alongside experts and multi-disciplinary team of healthcare providers, engineers and business practitioners to co-design solutions

    Q: How many members should an NYU Healthcare Makerthon team include?

    • A team should ideally include 3-4 members. No more than 5 members may participate in a team.

    Q: How can I form a team?

    • On October 11th from 5-7pm, we'll be holding a Challenge Announcement & Team Mate Hunt event. RSVP today to attend, and to form a team!
    • Can't make it to the The Challenge Announcement & Team Mate Hunt? No problem! The Makerthon Weekend will include time for networking and additional team building, on the first night, Friday, October 26th.
  • What are the Judging Criteria and Prizes?

    Q: What is the Judging Criteria for the Healthcare Makerthon Weekend?

    Team: Is your team multi-disciplinary (engineers, healthcare/life sciences, business, designers and others)?

    Validation: Did your team speak to users or customers to validate the problem?

    Execution Design: Is your prototype the right solution for the problem you’re solving? Is the solution unique? Have you thought about the user experience of your prototype and does it fit within the workflow of the user?

    Market Viability: What solutions already exist in the market? How is your team’s solution better? Is this the right solution for the problem?

    Impact: Does the team demonstrate how the proposed solution will have significant and meaningful impact on healthcare outcomes and/or economics?

    Q: What are the prizes for the Makerthon?

    During the Makerthon Weekend, teams will compete to win over $5,000 (reimbursable expenses) in total prizes and about four teams will advance to Phase III of the NYU Healthcare Makerthon, Venture Support. In this phase YOU will receive access to coaches, attend skills building workshops and receive other resources. At a final pitch off in late November, one final team will be selected as the grand prize winner, and awarded an additional $5,000 (reimbursable expenses). Additional prizes for Phase III winners include automatic selection into InnoVention, into the January Term Startup Sprint, and into the NYU Aging Incubator challenge.

    Q: Who are the judges for the Makerthon Weekend?

    Allan Chochinov - Chair MFA Products of Design at the School of Visual Arts, Co-founder and Partner at Core77

    Jen van der Meer - Founder of Reason Street and Assistant Professor at Parsons School of Design Strategies

    Marc Filerman - Managing Partner at Launch Health Partners

    Other judges to be confirmed.

  • Makerthon Dates and Times

    Phase 1: Challenge Announcement & Team Mate Hunt; Thursday, October 11th, 5-7pm. RSVP here.

    Phase II: Healthcare Makerthon Weekend; October 26th-28th; RSVP here.

    • Day 1 - Fri, Oct 26 (6 - 9 pm) at Leslie eLab, 16 Washington Place: Keynote presentation and team formation
    • Day 2 - Sat, Oct 27 (9 am - 10:30 pm) at Leslie eLab: Customer discovery, prototyping & business model design with expert mentors; API presentations
    • Day 3 - Sun, Oct 28 (8:15 am - 5:30 pm) at Leslie eLab: Business model design and solution finalization; Afternoon pitch-off for judges and Makerthon participants

    Phase III: Venture Support & Final Pitch-Off; November - Invite only for teams advancing from Phase II.

  • FAQs

    Q: If I am a member of a winning team for Phase II, do I need to continue to the final phase (III) of the NYU Healthcare Makerthon?

    We strongly encourage all members of winning teams from the Makerthon Weekend to participate in Phase III of the NYU Healthcare Makerthon, in which YOU will receive access to industry experts and to the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute team of startup experts.

    Q: What tools will be available to help me prototype my solution?

    You are welcome to bring your own, however, we’ve amassed a great toolset of APIs, materials, and resources to help teams prototype solutions. A full list of resources available to Makerthon Weekend participants can be found here. Demos of APIs will be given during the Makerthon Weekend. Please check the Agenda section of this website to find out about API demo days and times.

    Q: What if I can only attend part of the Makerthon Weekend?

    We encourage all participants in the Makerthon Weekend to stay for the entire weekend session. If for whatever reason you can’t attend the entire weekend, please communicate this directly with the members of your team ahead of the Makerthon Weekend to ensure fair expectations are set.

    Q: Will food be provided at the Makerthon Weekend?

    Yes, full catering will be provided for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and other refreshments will also be provided throughout the weekend.

    Q: Do I need to bring my own laptop for the Makerthon Weekend?

    Yes, please bring your laptop to the Makerthon Weekend. Other shared prototyping materials will be provided for you over the Makerthon Weekend (see the resources tab for more details).

    Q: Location for the Healthcare Makerthon Weekend

    The Healthcare Makerthon Weekend is taking place at the Leslie eLab at 16 Washington Place.

    Q: Who can I contact if I have questions?

    If you have questions which haven’t been answered through the FAQ, please contact us at

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