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March 6-8, 2015 | San Francisco, CA

Thanks for a great hackathon!


What if we could connect data from personal, clinical, environmental
sources and help consumers become active participants in their health?
And help deliver higher quality care in the hospital or the home?

We challenged developers to create new solutions to these challenges
during our San Francisco hackathon. The event saw 110 attendees and
20 teams competing over one weekend, building prototype apps, and
giving their pitches and demos before the judges.

We were thrilled to see some very creative and innovative ideas,
including our winning team. who won a trip to SXSW Interactive to show
off their idea.


Congratulations to all! Great job!



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Hackathon Team Winners

1st place - Team 6 Analytics

App: Medidash


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Robert Chang

Hao Gao

Jared Radin

Sudharsan Rangaswamy

Michael Liang

Mei Yi Tee



- SXSW® Interactive badges/passes, airfare and hotel accommodations

- Show off demo in the Philips booth at SXSW

- Show off demo to Philips executives

- $5K to split amongst the team

From left to right: Aenor Sawyer, MD, MS, Associate Director, Strategic Relations, UCSF Center for Digital Health Innovation, Hackathon Judge; Robert Chang, Team Leader; Michael Liang, Sudharsan Rangaswamy, Mei Yi Tee, Hao Gao, Jared Radin.

The winning prototype application named 'MediDash' was developed over one weekend. The solution is a dashboard that brings pertinent patient data from disparate sources in- and outside the hospital together to optimize decision making in clinical care. For example, a radiologist looking at a chest X-ray exam could also use other data of the patient profile such as the respiratory condition. By bridging the gap between professional and personal health data across the health continuum, this solution brings the vision of the Philips HealthSuite Digital Platform to life.


Learn more about the winning app

2nd place – LLAP (Live Long and Prosper)

App: Cronicare


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Juliet Oberding

Terje Norderhaug

Anna Tee

Conan Li

Jakk Wong




- Show off demo for Philips executives

- $5K to split amongst the team

3rd Place - The Hemoglobin Trotters

App: Health Crush


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Kishan Bhoopalam

Wen Li

Mat Tyndall

Gavin Johns

Clarke Hyrne

Gail Blachly



- Show off demo to Philips executives

- $1K to split amongst the team

4th place - Donate Your Data

App: DNA


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Igor Barinov

Mary Okocha

Maxine Brookner

Dan Levinschi





- Philips HUE Lighting Starter kit (A-19) ($199.99), 1 per team member

5th place - Health Sweet

App: Mental Health


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Jesse Germinario

Steven Miyakawa

Devin Liu

Joshua Marsh

Sainath Shenoy

Priyanka Godbole



- Jawbone UP ($129.99), 1 per team member

6th place - Hipo

App: Care Management


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Evan Pun

Srivatsava Ganta

Alia Rashid

Emma Marriott

Ryan Ma




- Fitbit Flex ($94.00), 1 per team member

7th place - Quik Life

App: Digital Ambulance


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Aaron Babb

Gelareh Rahbar

Steffen Frost

Laura Huaman Ayala

Jia Yu Yan




- $50 VISA gift card, 1 per team member

Learn more about the HealthSuite digital platform


Our HealthSuite digital platform is an open, cloud-based platform designed to collect,
aggregate and analyze data from almost any kind of device, making app development faster
and more streamlined.


About the platform                 Access our developer portal

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Go behind the scenes as developers,healthcare providers, students, designers,entrepreneurs and patient advocates descended upon downtown San Francisco to take part in the first external Philips hackathon for the HealthSuite Digital Platform.


View the hackathon in photos.

Judging Criteria


You’ll have 3 minutes to present your application (PPT slides plus your demo). Judges will have 2 minutes for questions. We anticipate a lot of teams, so we are holding everyone to this time limit. We will give you practice time on Sunday so you will feel more comfortable before your time on stage. We will have a team of judges that will be evaluating according to the following criteria:


1. Conceptual Design Approach (25%):

  • Ability to articulate targeted pain point(s) around problem space and how conceptual designs address these
  • Clearly defined use case that matches articulated pain points for problem space.
  • Use personas for problem definition and proposed solution
  • Business model/scalability/distribution
2. Technical Feasibility (25%):
  • Feasibility of implementation
  • Solution provided is technically sound
  • Plans for a Beta version are clearly laid out
3. Creativity and Newness of the Idea (25%):
  • The creativeness of bringing patients and providers closer to create better interactions at the diagnosis stage and ensure engagement in treatment and management phase.
  • Did quick Google search to see if idea was new
4. Level of completeness (25%)
Prototype development stage and Presentation:
  • Specific delivery and efforts put in place in the two days of the hackathon.
  • Presentation
Utilization of datasets and resources provided:
  • The creative utilization of HSDP (various APIs and data sets) to create the innovative solution will be considered in the evaluation.


Thank you to our partners for supporting the hackathon!



Here are the rules in general. For a detailed set, see the Terms and Conditions.

1. This hackathon is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia and United States territories who are 18+ or older. All participants will need to show a valid government-issued photo ID at team registration (e.g. driver’s license, passport). The following are not eligible to enter or win the Competition: employees, officers, directors and contractors of Philips and/or any member of their immediate family (i.e., a spouse, parent, grandparent, child or grandchild) or household of any of the foregoing individuals, and hackathon event partners.


2. Pre-registration – Everyone must pre-register as an individual before 6pm Friday, March 6th so we will know who’s coming and how many teams we are projecting. When you arrive on Friday, you’ll be forming teams based on your interest areas; you must be there. Then you will be considered a team registrant/attendee. We will give you more information at that time.


3. Teams: We encourage collaboration; all participants must be part of a team.

          •    Must have 1 person designated as the leader, with at least 4 people 

                min/team, 6 people/team max.

          •    There needs to be at least 1 developer role on the team.

          •    The rest of the members can be chosen from designers,

                developers, healthcare providers (HCPs), business entrepreneurs, students,

                patient advocates, patients/consumers, etc. We believe that it helps to generate

                new apps with teams that show a variety of backgrounds rather than having

                teams with all the same roles (e.g. 4 developers on a team).


4. All team participants must create an API (“App”) using the “Community Preview” software for the HealthSuite Digital Platform (HSDP).


5. The App created must be original code from the team.


6. You can use whatever tools, platform targets, and environments you are familiar with (Java, Javascript, Eclipse, IntelliJ, iOS, Web, Android, etc.) that may help you for this event.


7. All registrants must be willing to use the APIs listed.


8. App must not have any copyright infringements, misappropriate, or violate any rights of any third party including, without limitation, copyright, including moral rights, trademark, trade secret, or right of privacy or publicity.


9. App must not include information or content that is false, fraudulent, deceptive, misleading, defamatory, threatening, trade libelous, slanderous, libelous, disparaging, unlawfully harassing, profane, obscene, pornographic, hateful, indecent, inappropriate or injurious to any individual, or any third party.


10. App must not include any malware, spyware, viruses or similar harmful code or content.


11. For more details, click here for our Terms and Conditions

Hackathon for health

The goal of the competition is to design and prototype an app that supports the collection and communication of health care data (clinical, consumer and environmental) to enable better-informed clinical decisions, more personalized care, and improve and benefit healthcare services in the US.


You will be writing on the HealthSuite Digital Platform (HSDP) and can use whatever tools and environments you are familiar with (Java, Javascript, PhP, iOS, Windows, Android,etc.) that may help you for this event.


We’ve given you clinical, consumer (sensor, mood, pain level, etc.) and environmental data to use create a healthcare based app. The goal is to use more than one data type (e.g. clinical and consumer) for your app.



We will have 6 different areas for you to choose from:
• Elder care (Healthcare at home)
• Care Coordination (Provider side)
• Chronic Disease Management
• Consumer Engagement (Motivation, sustainable,
   feedback to make a difference)
• Employee Wellness (Payer Side)
• Analytics - Solving Data Overload (Dashboards,
We will also have associated personas with canned data. As a team, you will create an app and be able to run it in a sandbox. 
Note: Prior to the event you can research ideas but you can’t begin coding. All code and artefacts developed at the event should be stored in public GitHub repositories.
Join us in building innovative solutions that encourage prevention and healthy living, speed diagnosis and treatment, and enable better recovery and home care.


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