The Health 2.0 Developer Challenge Program is a series of online innovation competitions (or “challenges”) in which multidisciplinary teams boldly tackle the most complex challenges we face in health care. Our mission is to catalyze and showcase new and disruptive technologies in the space by providing funding, validation, and marketing reach to novel solutions.
The challenge program was launched at the first Health Data Initiative meeting in 2010 with support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Health 2.0 has run over 65 challenges and partnered with multiple private, non-profit, and government organizations, including the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT through the Investing in Innovation (i2) program.
HOW A CHALLENGE WORKS
Global health tech problems are identified by sponsoring organizations (non-profits, foundations, or for-profit companies) and are posed to a community of developers, designers, patients, providers, and anyone else interested in health. Over the course of a challenge (typically 3-6 months), teams self-assemble and collaborate to develop novel solutions in the form of smartphone/tablet applications, data visualizations, or web-based programs. These submissions are evaluated by a panel of expert judges who determine the winning solutions. Challenge winners are awarded up to $250,000 in non-dilutive funding as well as recognition and support by the sponsoring organization.