2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Hacking Medicine: Pain Points to Pilot

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ATTENTION: You must signup in advance to attend this workshop. You will need to have a valid SXSW badge, and an activated SXsocial account. To reserve your seat, please go here: https://sup.sxsw.com/schedule/IAP20738

61% of Americans agree that healthcare is broken. But how do we leverage SXSW attendees’ energy & enthusiasm to fix the myriad of problems? Physicians’ valuable time is plagued by inefficiencies, archaic methods (faxes & pagers), & non-clinical administrative tasks. Without an understanding of the pain points, it's hard for even the most intrepid entrepreneur to launch a pilot at a hospital or medical center. There is a better way. How can we short circuit the ideation phase to get proof of concept ASAP?

Fear not! At this four hour long workshop, MIT’s H@cking Medicine will play matchmaker. This workshop will bring together inventive, forward-thinking minds to change the status quo and create disruptive solutions in healthcare today. We’ll bring down doctors from Boston, MA to work with hackers in order to get ideas into practice. Physicians and other interested workshop attendees will divulge their specific pain points. Hackers will then be coached by the physician & workshop facilitators from H@cking Medicine on how to take those pain points & develop quick solutions to pilot by workshop’s end. Presto! Magic happens when you put a verified problem & an innovative solution in bed with the intelligence & creativity that is SXSW.

The event will proceed as follows:
Hour 1: Introduction by Hacking Medicine and 60-second “pitches” by attendees surrounding problems impacting healthcare
Hour 2- 3.5: Team matchmaking, coaching, idea generation, and preliminary hacking
Hour 3.5 - 4: Team recap presentations with plan for path forward

The event provides a unique opportunity to collaborate with experts in a variety of fields and novices with infectious passion, pitch an idea for transforming a current health care process and then, together, begin the process of devising a real solution. These solutions could be as straightforward as a wireframe sketch, or might require running to a local store for parts to build a prototype, or reaching out to a physician to ask a pressing question for a mobile app.

Whatever the process may be, the ultimate result could be the beginning of the next big healthcare transformation. End the workshop with a potential team, new connections, and a hack on its first steps towards disrupting healthcare. As a participant in this hackathon, you will:

1. Learn how to pitch a pain point specific to healthcare.
2. Become part of an ecosystem that is diverse yet enthusiastic about changing healthcare.
3. Develop a novel hack for a disruptive solution in healthcare.

- No prerequisites.

What to Bring:
- Please bring your laptop.
- In addition, please try to come with specific “painpoints” or problems from healthcare or medicine that you have either observed, experienced, or heard. At the beginning of the session, people will “pitch” these painpoints or problems for 60 seconds to help ignite this workshop.
- While these pre-meditated painpoints or pitches are not required, they will help aid in the success of the workshop! So, think about what annoys you, your doctor, your family, or your friends in medicine!



Allison Yost

PhD Candidate, Dept of Mechanical Engineering


Ally is a PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, specializing in micro and nano fabrication, and Co-Leader of MIT Hacking Medicine. Her research is focused on designing microfluidic devices for detection and capture at the nanoscale for medical and biotech applications. Her passion is in applying entrepreneurial thinking to healthcare and medicine in order to help make a dent in the currently broken healthcare system.


Andrea Ippolito


MIT Hacking Medicine

Currently, Andrea is a PhD student in the Engineering Systems Division at MIT, co-founder of Smart Scheduling, and co-leader of MIT's Hacking Medicine. Recently, she served as a Product Innovation Manager at athenahealth and completed her S.M. in Engineering & Management at MIT. During her Masters' research, she worked with the Chief of Telehealth in the Army to architect the future tele-behavioral system of care to help treat service members affected by Post Traumatic Stress. Prior to MIT, she worked as a Research Scientist within the Corporate Technology Development group at Boston Scientific. She obtained both her B.S in Biological Engineering in 2006 and Masters of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering in 2007 from Cornell University.


Zen Chu

Faculty Dir MIT Healthcare Ventures & H@ckingMedicine

MIT Hacking Medicine

Zen Chu runs Accelerated Medical Ventures, serving as cofounder and first investor for a handful of medical and software companies. As Healthcare Entrepreneur-In-Residence at MIT, Zen co-directs MIT/HST's Healthcare Ventures graduate course and co-founded the HackingMedicine.MIT.edu program.

Zen believes that engineers will create the data, systems and products to help medicine scale to serve more patients with higher quality at lower cost. He specializes in building early-stage medical device and healthcare information technology companies and has served as founding CEO of four healthcare companies [3D-Matrix Ltd, Curoverse Genomics, CareCliq, and EViPATH China]. Zen serves as investor and advisor to PillPack, Figure1, Careport Health, GymPact, Heartlander Surgical, and Pathfinder Cell Therapy.

Alongside four world-renowned MIT professors, Zen co-founded and served as CEO for 3D-Matrix Medical Inc., a venture-backed MIT regenerative medicine company with a successful IPO in 2011. 3D-Matrix has wound-healing and drug-delivery products on the market and multiple human clinical trials in process. Zen has managed and led new ventures for Harvard Medical School, Wyss Institute, NetVentures and Hewlett-Packard, where he founded the HPGarage new ventures group in Silicon Valley in 1997.

Zen earned a BS in biomedical/electrical engineering from SMU and a Masters of Public & Private Management from Yale University. He's married to a serial software entrepreneur and they are raising three aspiring entrepreneurs.


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