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 partnered with private, non-profit, and government organizations, including the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT through the Investing in Innovation (i2) program, to run challenges and pilot programs to commercialize new technologies and provide innovation consulting.
HOW A CHALLENGE WORKS
Health technology challenges are posed to a broad community of developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and others interested in the health sector. Over the course of a challenge (typically 3-6 months), teams self assemble and develop novel technological solutions to health care problems. Teams may create software and hardware solutions such as web and mobile applications, visualizations, sensor systems, and data models. Submissions are evaluated by a panel of expert judges and awarded non-dilutive funding, recognition, support, and partnership opportunities with the sponsoring organization.