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Brown Hack Health 2017

A new kind of hackathon that aims to create solutions to medical problems and barriers. This weekend is your opportunity to work with fellow designers, engineers, developers, physicians, artists, entrepreneurs, mentors, and others to help develop tools that could change the worlds of medicine and health.

Keynote Speaker 2017 Rajiv Kumar '05 MD'11

Rajiv Kumar, Brown alum '05 MD'11, will be attending Brown Hack Health 2017 as the keynote speaker. While attending Brown’s Warren Alpert Medical School in 2006, Dr. Kumar co-founded ShapeUp, a wellness company that leveraged social connections to enhance employee health. As CEO, he led the growth of ShapeUp from a two person start-up to a global company which was acquired by Virgin Pulse in 2016 and had over 2 million participants. Currently the Chief Medical Officer of Virgin Pulse and President of Virgin Pulse Institute, Dr. Kumar’s focus on health innovation will set the tone for Brown Hack Health 2017.

"There has never been a better time to be an innovator in the health care space. Technology is powering massive disruption in an antiquated industry, and this represents an opportunity for bold and creative people to make positive change for billions of people around the world." —RK

Image credit: Rajiv Kumar

National Problems, Clever Solutions

"Hackathon" is a "hack" + "marathon" and not the nefarious "hacking" seen in Mr. Robot. Rather "to hack" in the old Silicon Valley term means to "to create."

Assemble 200 bright minds of all backgrounds who would otherwise never get to interact.

Health disparities

in Providence and across the United States are measured by analysis of treatment protocols and outcomes by race, income, gender, and other factors, and the information shows a stark contrast between the best treated and worst treated groups.

In 24h of developing fast prototypes for healthcare issues, we can make strides towards eliminating disparities in our local community and other communities nationwide.

THEME: Reducing Health Disparities

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Alpert Medical School provides access to large, modern spaces in which allow for intense collaborations with a diverse array of passionate healthcare experts & students. Its location near the Providence healthcare community, including hospitals in Lifespan, Care New England, and Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center, allows for participants to engage in discussion identifying important healthcare needs in Providence.


Our 24h Event Schedule

Friday Warm-Up
Sponsored by the Brown Center for Biomedical Engineering


5:30PM — Check-In & Reception w/ Refreshments
6:30PM — Hackathon Description and Message from Sponsor
7:00PM — Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rajiv Kumar
8:00PM — Networking Night

* Schedule subject to change

Saturday All-Day


8:00AM — Breakfast & Check-In
8:25 AM - Hack 101
8:45AM — Problem Pitching
9:30AM — Team Formation
10:00AM — Hacking Begins
12:00PM — Lunch
1:00PM - Hacking Continues
6:00PM — Dinner - Sponsored by Pizza Pie-er http://www.pizzapie-er.com/
7:00PM - Hacking Continues
11:00PM — End of Day 1

Sunday Home Stretch


8:30AM — Breakfast
Hacking Continues
12:15PM — Lunch
12:30PM - Draft Presentations Due (Link on Website)
Hacking Continues
2:00PM — Pitch Presentations
3:30PM — Judging
4:00PM — Awards

Brown Hack Health would like to acknowledge the generous support of our 2016 gold sponsors, the Africk Family Foundation, Inc. and The Center for Nutritional Research Charitable Trust.

Get Involved

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Sign up today before spots fill up!. 

Mentors & Judges

To help participants develop healthcare solutions, we need your involvement!

Register to Mentor


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