Brown Hack Health 2019

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.
Join us September 13-15 as we focus on challenges in the field of mental health.

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Keynote Speaker 2019  - Dr. Megan Ranney

Dr. Ranney is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital/Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Director and Founder of the Brown Emergency Digital Health Innovation program (

Dr. Ranney’s career focus is on developing, testing, and disseminating digital health interventions to prevent violence and mental illness. She is currently Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on 9 federally funded grants and has over 100 peer-reviewed publications. She holds numerous national positions, including serving as an elected member of the Board of Directors of Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, Chair of the Rhode Island Governor’s Task Force for Gun Safety, and editor for Annals of Emergency Medicine. She is also Chief Research Officer and co-founder of AFFIRM, the country’s only non-profit committed to ending the gun violence epidemic through a public health approach. She has received numerous awards for technology innovation, public health, and research, including Rhode Island Woman Physician of the Year and the American College of Emergency Physicians’ Policy Pioneer Award. Megan is also a Fellow of the fifth class of the Health Innovators Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She earned her bachelor’s degree in History of Science, graduating summa cum laude, from Harvard University; her medical doctorate, graduating Alpha Omega Alpha, from Columbia University; and her master's in public health from Brown University. She was previously a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cote d'Ivoire. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two children. She is active on Twitter @meganranney.

Theme: Mental Health

Mental health is a broad field. As you hack your solutions, consider the people who are affected. Don't be afraid to go beyond the scope of just healthcare. Think about an individual's place in a community. Think about the people affected, seen and unseen.

Brown University Main Campus

Brown University's campus, located on the idyllic College Hill, presents diverse spaces which allow for intense collaborations with a diverse array of passionate healthcare experts & students. This year's hackathon will take place in Friedman Hall on Brown's Main Campus.

Our 24h Event Schedule

Friday Warm-Up
Featuring the Charles O. Cooke M.D. Distinguished Visiting Lectureship

9/13/19 | Friedman Hall

5:30PM — Doors Open/Check-In & Networking w/ Refreshments
6:30PM — Message about the Cooke Lectureship
6:35PM — Keynote Address: The Charles O. Cooke M.D. Distinguished Visiting Lectureship by Dr. Megan Ranney (Physician-Researcher and Director of the Emergency Digital Health Innovation Program)
7:30PM — Networking Night
8:15PM — End of Friday Night Kick-Off

Saturday All-Day

9/14/19 | Friedman Hall

9:30AM — Breakfast & Check-In
10:00 AM - Hack 101
10:45AM — Problem Pitching & Team Formation
12:00PM — Working Lunch/Hacking Begins
6:00PM - Dinner
Hacking Continues
11:30PM — End of Day 1

Sunday Home Stretch

9/15/19 | Friedman Hall

8:30AM — Breakfast
Hacking Continues
12:00PM — Lunch
1:00PM - Presentations Due (Link on Website)
1:45PM — Pitch Presentations
3:30PM — Judging
4:00PM — Awards
4:30PM — End of Day 2


Event Sponsor: Biosay