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In October 2013, Hacking Pediatrics held the first hackathon ever focused on pediatric healthcare. It was sponsored by Boston Children's Hospital in collaboration with MIT's H@acking Medicine. In under 36 hours, 16 teams brought to life incredible ideas that will change the lives of children and their families. 

Hacking Pediatrics

In October 2013, Hacking Pediatrics held the first hackathon ever focused on pediatric healthcare. It was sponsored by Boston Children's Hospital in collaboration with MIT's H@cking Medicine. In under 36 hours, 16 teams brought to life incredible ideas that will change the lives of children and their families and we are doing it again this year. Hacking Pediatrics Hackathon 2.0 will once again bring together the most innovative minds to disrupt pediatric healthcare. 

The 2014 hackathon will be held October 17th -19th at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge, MA.


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Event Spotlight

RSVP today to attend our educational workshop and meetup event on Wednesday, August 27th.

The workshop is designed to introduce our Hacking Pediatric community to healthcare hackathons and help prepare attendees to participate in the 2014 Hacking Pediatrics 2.0 Hackathon. Watch a live stream here.

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Wondering what to expect at a healthcare hackathon?

Check out the video below courtesy of the Kauffman Foundation and MIT Hacking Medicine. This was recorded at their Grand H@ckfest held back in March 2014. 


What’s driving millennials to health tech?

By Judy Wang, MS

(ITU/Rowan Farrell)

(ITU/Rowan Farrell)

If you Google the term “millennials,” you’ll see that Google automatically fills in such search terms as “millennials lazy,” “millennials spoiled,” “millennials trophy kids” and “millennials entitled.” Ouch.

As part of the Mayor’s ONEin3 Council and a Founding Hacker for MIT’sH@cking Medicine, I could not disagree more with this assessment of my generation. I’ve observed young people increasingly drawn to civically minded work with public impact—including work in health tech.

Several successful startup companies that formed out of H@cking Medicine hackathons, for example, were launched by entrepreneurs under the age of 35 (Smart Scheduling and PillPack, to name a few).

Given that talented young people could be working in other industries, why choose to be an entrepreneur in health tech? I posed this question to some young Boston-based entrepreneurs.

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A very special thank you to the Child Life Department and patients at Boston Children's Hospital for building the LEGO's that created this video! 


I wish…

Our family is getting prepared for a nice, long (much needed) vacation. We are headed to new cities in countries where we don’t speak the language. Thankfully we are a family of planners and preparers. We have many guidebooks, hyperlinks saved, evernote collections of magazine recommendations, etc.. etc… Now, here is where I wish I had a digital tool and if it exists, tell me! 

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Call for Submissions! Mass Innovation Nights to hold “MedTech Innovation Night” in July

Doctorpreneurs! Submit your MedTech Company for Consideration

Mass Innovation Nights and MedTech Boston announced today that they will be co-sponsoring a special medtech-themed Innovation Nights event in July. They are now accepting submissions from healthcare and medical technology related companies who wish to be showcased at the event.  Read more>>


iPhone Battery Rant 

-posted by Michael Docktor, MD

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Call me crazy but I don't want the iPhone 6 to be thinner, faster or even have a higher definition screen. I want it to survive a day of regular use without dying. Give me a thicker, heavier iPhone 5S that contains a battery that will actually last all day. click to read more>> 



Check out the amazing events being held all around the greater Boston area for our Hacking Pediatrics community and beyond! 


Entrepreneurial spirit just a start to ‘disrupt’ health care

Published April 2014

Fans of the reality TV show Shark Tank love to watch investors Mark Cuban and Daymond John make entrepreneurs sweat after they’ve delivered their pitches for money.

Less famous are the sharks who will circle Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston Monday for an event called Pilot Shark Tank. They’re doctors and nurses like Calum MacRae and Karen Conley, and they’ll be offering something that may be more valuable than money: a chance for health care entrepreneurs to pilot-test new technologies or services in their departments.

Over the last two years, Boston has seen a surge of hackathons, accelerator programs, innovation showcases, and other events designed to bring t-shirt clad entrepreneurs closer to physicians in lab coats. And that has produced a bumper crop of small startups with ideas for applying technologies such as smartphones, sophisticated data analytics, and Google Glass in the health care sector. Read more>>


Dr. Michael Docktor's presentation "Hacking Pediatrics 2013 - From Idea to Reality @ Warp Speed" presented at the December Innovator's Forum hosted by the Innovation Acceleration Program at Boston Children's Hospital.

Dr. Michael Docktor's presentation "Hacking Pediatrics 2013 - From Idea to Reality @ Warp Speed" presented at the December Innovator's Forum hosted by the Innovation Acceleration Program at Boston Children's Hospital.


Hacking Pediatrics News

VP Shunt, the 2013 Hacking Pediatrics Hackathon's 3rd Place Winner is Spotlighted in Boston Children's Hospital's Vector Blog

Hacking a solution for hydrocephalus… just not the one expected

by NANCY FLIESLER on MARCH 7, 2014

A project that set out to build better shunts ended with potential ways to help kids avoid shunts altogether.

Shunts often are surgically placed in the brains of infants with hydrocephalus to drain excess cerebrospinal fluid. Unfortunately, these devices eventually fail, and the problem is hard to detect until the child shows neurologic symptoms. CT and MRI scans may then be performed to check for a blockage of flow—followed by urgent neurosurgery if the shunt has failed. Full Story>>


Check out Hacking Medicine's awesome presentation "Hacking Medicine and the Rx It Offers for Innovation in All Industries" by Andrea Ippolito and Ally Yost. This webinar was recorded on 6/16/14 as part of the MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series and provides great insight to the benefits of hacking and how you can get started in your organization. We just love our MIT Hacking Medicine friends! 


APPLY TO STARTUP HEALTH ACADEMY

Are you a Healthcare Transformer? Are you on a mission to transform healthcare in a big way? StartUp Health is the first Academy to help health and wellness innovators ("Healthcare Transformers") build sustainable growth businesses. If you have a big vision and are looking for access to customers, capital, and peer networks to help you over several years as you grow your business, you should apply today. We have a rolling admissions process and review every application. Application Deadline: July 1, 2014 


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