Healthcare Makerthon

An initiative by the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute and the NYU School of Medicine that facilitates the creation of cross-disciplinary teams from around the University to identify and develop solutions to the pressing challenges facing today's healthcare system. Scroll down to read more about the NYU Healthcare Makerthon.

Phase 1 of the 3-phased initiative, Healthcare Challenge, is an open call to the NYU community to identify healthcare challenges that you would like to see solved. The top twenty challenges, selected by a committee of NYU faculty, pitch in front of a live audience and a panel of industry judges at the Langone Medical Center.

Ten challenges selected from the live pitch move on to Phase 2, the Healthcare Makerthon Weekend, which is an opportunity for you to turn your ideas into reality and win up to $10,000.

  • Tell Me More

    What are the three phases of the NYU Healthcare Makerthon?

    Phase I: Healthcare Challenge

    • Identify a pressing challenge you would like to see solved in healthcare or life sciences
    • Top twenty challenges selected based on impact and solvability, will have the opportunity to pitch to the NYU community
    • Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 10 challenges chosen by a judging panel

    Phase II: Makerthon Weekend

    • Over 48 hours, you will experience the rush of coming together as a team to solve an important challenge, learn how to assess the needs of your customer and start testing the commercial viability of your venture concept
    • Work with top healthcare investors, entrepreneurs and startup experts to help develop your idea into a viable venture
    • The top 4 teams selected by a panel of healthcare startup experts will receive cash prizes totaling $10,000 and advance to Phase III.

    Phase III: Venture Support

    • One month of hands on mentorship and coaching from the startup experts at the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute
    • You will also have access to healthcare investors, entrepreneurs and technology experts as part of Blackstone LaunchPad at NYU.
  • Phase I: Healthcare Challenge

    Meet other like-minded people.

    Challenge Pitch
    Listen to ideas from experts and professionals like you.

    Vote your favorite
    Vote on the best challenges.
  • Phase II: Makerthon Weekend Highlights
    Day 1: Meet, Ideate & Team Up

    Food & Networking
    Get to know your new friends.

    Brainstorm ideas with people just as passionate as you.

    Team Up
    Whether it’s your idea or someone else’s, build or join a cross-functional team.
    Day 2: Learn & Make

    Feedback Session
    Run your solution by our team and get feedback.

    Learn from coaches
    Coaches will be coming throughout the event to advise you through the hard problems.

    Get to work
    We've got the prototyping materials and support in place. You'll be responsible for everything from understanding customers to building your product with your team.
    Day 3: Present and Celebrate

    Pitch in Front of a Panel of Judges
    Compete for a chance to win a cash prize towards your venture concept.

    End the weekend with a team, new connections and prizes.
  • FAQs

    Phase I

    Who can participate?
    Any current member of the NYU community can participate in the Healthcare Makerthon.

    Tell me more about the Challenge Submission?
    Share what you believe are the most pressing challenges in healthcare today. Your challenge submission will be scored on the basis of impact and feasibility. Top scoring submissions will be invited to present in-person.

    What type of challenge can I submit?
    We're looking for your input about where the status quo could be better. The challenges you submit may be related to any aspect of the healthcare system including big data, diagnostic, patient engagement, processes, or care delivery.

    Do I need to have a solution to the challenge I submit?
    No. At this stage, it is NOT important that you have a solution in mind – just help us identify pressing healthcare challenge that you would like to see solved.

    Can I get coaching on how to pitch if I win?
    Yes. The team at the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute will work with you on your 2-minute pitch if your challenge is selected.

    I only want to submit a challenge, is that ok? 

    Yes. If you are not interested in pitching and/or not available on October 6th, do not worry. We can find someone to pitch your challenge in front of the judging panel on Oct 6th. Don't let that stop you from submitting the challenge.

    Phase II

    Can I find teammates before the Healthcare Makerthon Weekend?
    Yes. We will be hosting networking events leading up to the Makerthon Weekend to facilitate team building, and will have an online community to ideate. However, this is not required - there will be plenty of time to form teams during the Makerthon Weekend.

    Can I join a team at the Makerthon Weekend?
    Yes! The Makerthon Weekend will include time for networking and team building; you do not need to join a team beforehand in order to participate.

    Do I need to submit a challenge to join a team at the Makerthon Weekend?
    No. All members of the NYU community are invited to join in the Makerthon Weekend, regardless of whether or not you submitted a challenge or participated in Phase 1.

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