Healthcare Makerthon

The NYU Healthcare Makerthon is a high-energy opportunity to work alongside passionate members of the NYU community to solve for unmet needs in healthcare. Over the course of the weekend you will experience the rush of being challenged and thinking on your feet with your multi-disciplinary team and industry mentors.

Stay tuned for more information about the 5th Annual NYU Healthcare Makerthon!! This exciting event will occur again in Fall 2019!

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  • 2018 Healthcare Innovation Challenges

    The 2018 Makerthon challenged teams to develop technologies/solutions which address wellness and healthcare needs for the aging population. Read more about the three challenge tracks below, and learn about the exciting solutions the winning teams came up with!

  • Who Should Attend?

    The goal of the NYU Healthcare Makerthon is to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration across the NYU community to create innovative solutions to healthcare challenges. Whether you’re a current student, researcher, faculty or staff/administrative member from any 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 of 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 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 cutting-edge healthcare sensors
    • Diversify your portfolio with healthcare projects
    • Work on real, pressing 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
    • 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 in need
    • Rapidly and iteratively prototype potential solutions
    • Create human-centered solutions that make it easier for patients to maintain vitality
    • Diversify your portfolio with wellness and healthcare projects
    • Work alongside experts and a 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?

    • Stay tuned for more information regarding how to form your team for the 2019 NYU Healthcare Makerthon!
  • What were the 2018 Judging Criteria and Prizes?

    Q: What were the Judging Criteria for the 2018 Healthcare Makerthon Weekend?

    Ideally, this Challenge would yield ideas that were impactful, actionable and innovative. The 2018 Challenge was looking for solutions based on the following criteria:

    1. Health and wellbeing. Allowing older adults to live the life they want for as long as possible was at the heart of this Challenge. The Challenge was looking for solutions that revolved around individuals and caregivers. The impact of the idea was measured by how much it would improve or maintain quality of life for older adults and their caregivers.

    2. Team. Was the team multidisciplinary (engineers, healthcare/life sciences, business, designers and others), and otherwise diverse (mix of genders, backgrounds, skills)? Why might they be the right team to tackle this challenge and solution?

    3. Affordability. The solutions developed should have been financially accessible. As idea was built, participants should have considered who will bear the cost.

    4. Natural integration. Fresh ideas for any of these challenges should have seamlessly fit into the user’s lifestyles. Did the team speak to users or customers to validate the problem? Have they thought about the user experience of their solution and did it fit within the workflow of the user?

    5. Prototype Execution. How might current behaviors suggest powerful new solutions? Is the prototype the right solution for the problem they were solving? What key benefits did the prototype provide, or what key pain points did the prototype solve for?

    6. Market Viability. How might the idea become a solution for a large number of people - in other words, what’s the larger market opportunity? What solutions already exist in the market? How is the team’s solution unique or better than what’s currently on the market?

    Q: What were the prizes for the 2018 Makerthon?

    Innovation with the greatest impact and feasibility was top of mind and received financial awards - $10,000 to teams (reimbursable expenses), as well as the chance to compete for additional financial awards through peer programs: the NYU InnoVention Challenge ($50K in total prizes) and the NYU Aging Incubator Challenge ($10K in total prizes). Moreover teams received support to further develop the idea into a viable business through workshops, mentoring with domain experts, business model experts, design experts, and investors.

    2018 Makerthon Weekend Prizes (October 26-28th): During the Makerthon Weekend, teams competed to win $5,000 (reimbursable expenses) in total prizes and about four teams advanced to Phase III of the NYU Healthcare Makerthon, Venture Support and Final Pitch-Off, to compete for an additional $5,000 (reimbursable expenses).

    2018 Final Pitch-Off Prizes (November): During Phase III, select teams received access to business model and venture coaches, attended skill-building workshops and received other resources. At a final pitch-off in late November, one final team was selected as the grand prize winner, and awarded an additional $5,000 (reimbursable expenses).

    2018 Post-Makerthon Prizes: Additional prizes for select Phase III winners included automatic selection into InnoVention, into the January Term Startup Sprint, and into the NYU Aging Incubator challenge. Last year's Makerthon winners went onto win the InnoVention Competition (second place), Mission Appossible, and be selected for the January Startup Sprint, Summer Startup Sprint, and NYU Summer Launchpad, and are currently building and scaling their ventures!

    Q: Who were the judges for the 2018 Makerthon Weekend?

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

    Allison Becker - NYC Ambassador at Aging 2.0

    Dr. Paresh Shah - Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, Vice Chair of Quality and Innovation in Surgery and Chief, Division of General Surgery at NYU Langone Health

  • 2019 Makerthon Dates and Times

    Makerthon Calendar, Start to Finish

    Check back in early Fall for more information about the 2019 NYU Healthcare Makerthon! This is one event that you do not want to miss!

  • 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: What is the location for the Challenge Announcement & Teammate Hunt, and for the Healthcare Makerthon Weekend?

    Check back in early fall for more information regarding the location of 2019 Teammate Hunt.

    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

  • 2018 Makerthon Weekend Speakers
    Photo of Jeff Dachis.
    Jeff Dachis

    (Steinhardt '92) One Drop

    Photo of Sabina Braverman
    Sabina Braverman

    (Wagner '18) HealthHuddle

    Photo of Mithru Swarna
    Mithru Swarna

    (Tisch ITP '18) NYU Ability Project

    Photo of Abraham Brody.
    Abraham Brody

    Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing

    Photo of Anne-Laure Fayard
    Anne-Laure Fayard

    Department of Tech Management and Innovation at NYU Tandon

    Photo of Allison Becker
    Allison Becker

    Makerthon Judge, Aging2.0

    Photo of Allan Chochinov
    Allan Chochinov

    Makerthon Judge, SVA

    Photo of Paresh Shah
    Paresh Shah

    Makerthon Judge, NYU Langone Health

  • 2018 Healthcare Makerthon Weekend Sponsors & Organizers