Palo Alto Medical Foundation Developer Challenge 2014

Submission Deadline

Submissions are Closed

Contact

Jennifer David

Prizes

  • First Place $10,000
  • Second Place $5,000
  • Third Place $1,000

Recent Updates

New Resources! PAMF has built a sandbox for developer’s to experience and interface with the linkAges TimeBank platform. To gain access, please fill out the Data Use Agreement to view the Data Set and the virtual sandbox.

Background

This challenge seeks solutions that automate the process of matching services to requests for individuals using the linkAges Timebank system. Submissions require a text description of the solution, a Powerpoint presentation and a functional working prototype.

The Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation launched a multi-faceted initiative called linkAges, to tackle one of the most impending healthcare challenges facing us today: how to provide health, wellbeing and community to an aging population. Community is the central focus of this mission and the element which organically builds the social connections, which we believe to be the antidote to loneliness and the health concerns resulting from social isolation. Of the four components of the linkAges system, we have chosen linkAges TimeBank as the focus of this challenge, due to its proven community-building concept and because it’s currently successfully deployed in the Silicon Valley. The TimeBank exemplifies the human element inherent to building a sustainable community support network, which is key to the overarching mission of the Innovation Center (IC). An anonymous sample dataset of service exchanges will be made available as part of the Challenge.

linkAges Timebank

linkAges TimeBank is the micro-community component of the linkAges ecosystem. The goal of the TimeBank is to facilitate community connections and relationships across all ages to build a thriving social support system and safety net for the aging population. The linkAges TimeBank website was developed (timebank.linkages.org) as a technology platform for community members to connect with each other around needs, interests, hobbies, and shared skills. For instance, an avid gardener might provide planting advice to a senior who wishes to grow their own vegetables and reduce food bills. Community members, non-profits, faith-based organizations, and community groups register for an account, create their profile, and can post service listings in the form of “offers” or “requests.” TimeBank members are also given the opportunity to connect with each other through other features of the platform like public and private groups and a community calendar. In exchange for each hour of service provided, the giving member receives an equal hour in the bank for future redemption.

The TimeBank has an additional benefit of helping to build the social connections which are the fabric of the community. The intended result is a scalable support network for all ages. The TimeBank performs optimally when service offer and requests are accurately synchronized to meet the needs of the members. Data from linkAges Profile, another component of the system, captures social wellbeing characteristics of individuals to personalize other system components so that users receive individually relevant system messages and services.

The linkages TimeBank currently has 194 members who have exchanged 451 hours. Members are diverse in demographics (age, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, etc.). Currently, 34% of members are over the age of 60. Approximately 44% of members have completed at least one exchange.

Description

We are looking for the optimal ways of automating the process of matching service offers to requests. Through the analysis of the sample TimeBank data, you will have the opportunity to build an application which matches members according to their interests, location, demographic and cultural determinants. The real challenge is make these matches as synergistic as possible across a wide age range and body of interests and needs. These tailored exchanges will not only serve our members’ interests and needs but also promote the social connections which can be leveraged to the benefit of the entire community. We are also looking for an analysis of trends in the exchange process - what seems to be working and what does not? Which offers are most popular with members and which services may emerge as potential offers? As our ultimate goal is to build community, identifying patterns in the connections made through the TimeBank is essential to our understanding the value of this program. This is your opportunity to help build a community support network.

Timeline

  • Challenge Launch: June 11, 2014
  • Informational Webinar: June 25, 2014
  • Deep Dive Half-Day Workshop in Sunnyvale, CA: July 1, 2014
  • Submission Deadline: September 8, 2014
  • Winners Announced: October 11, 2014

Evaluation Criteria

Judging will be based on carefully defined criteria covering innovation, impact, and deployability
demonstrated by the solutions, and will be conducted by a panel of experts from our broader
communities, including: IC members and partners, senior service organizations, Sutter Health
and the developer community.

We are seeking solutions that focus on seniors and caregivers, while respecting their privacy and security. For solutions to be successful they need to recognize these sensitivities. . All submissions must comply with all privacy regulations and must be socially acceptable to the general population, i.e. to respect the social norms for access to individual data.

The following are the criteria which will be used for selection up to 5 short-listed submissions as
well as the judging and placing of finalists based both on their submission and their presentation
to the judging panel:

  • Addresses one or more explicit problems; engaging users OR tracking community growth (30%)
  • Potential to have a material impact on the identified problem (25%)
  • Innovation and creativity (20%)
  • Socially acceptable (15%)
  • Affordable, sustainable, & scalable (10%)

Submission Requirements

More specific requirements for addressing the Challenge Task are as follows:

  • Developers will be expected to demonstrate ingenuity by making use of the types of data available in the linkAges system and show how this can be mined and leveraged to address the problems to solve. Participants will have the opportunity to request a) sample data set comprised of anonymous data: test profiles of seniors and care-givers, records of outreach and engagement activities, and transactions within the linkAges Timebank, and b) are encouraged to make use of publicly available data about activities (such as use of transportation, frequently used community services etc) within the communities targeted by linkAges. Participants will be asked to combine linkAges data with community data to generate new insights bearing on the problems to solve.
  • Developers will use the data sets provided to demonstrate innovative, creative and disruptive approaches to addressing the “problem to solve” identified above. This is likely to involve the analysis, interpretation and presentation of the data. Solutions are to be packaged in ways that can be deployed within the linkAges System. It is important that the proposed solutions will scale to handle large volumes of data as systems grow.

In making a submission we ask teams to develop and submit a prototype solution to the
Challenge Task outlined above:

  • A text description of the solution describing the submission, the data used, the problem
    solved and the proposed method of deployment and use
  • A Powerpoint presentation of 10 – 15 slides outlining the solution and how it meets the goals of the
    challenge
  • Functional working prototype of the proposed solution, demonstrating the Submission's
    capabilities and functionality

Eligibility Criteria

The Challenge is open to (a) companies that maintain a place of business in the United States of America and (b) individuals (whether participating alone or as part of a team) who are 18 years old or older as of their time of entry. U.S. Federal entities or U.S. Federal employees acting within the scope of their employment are not eligible to participate in the Challenge. Employees of Sponsor, Administrator, each of their affiliates, and/or any other individual or entity associated with the development, judging, or administration of the Challenge as well as members of such persons' immediate families (spouses, children, siblings, parents), and persons living in the same household as such persons, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in the Challenge.

Prizes:
Cash prizes will be offered for individuals and teams judged to be in 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

  • First $10,000
  • Second $5,000
  • Third $1,000

In addition, if the winner is a team with the potential to further develop and deploy their solution, they will be given the opportunity to work in the IC Accelerator for six months.

Media Collateral

Informational Webinar Slide Deck 6 - 25 - 2014

Video of Webinar 6 - 25- 2014

PAMF developer challenge deep dive workshop 7 - 1 - 2014

Video of workshop on 7 - 1 - 2014

Terms & Conditions

TERMS & CONDITIONS

DEVELOPER CHALLENGE SERIES

PALO ALTO MEDICAL FOUNDATION DEVELOPER CHALLENGE 2014 LEVERAGING DATA TO CONNECT COMMUNITY (the "Challenge")

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

SPONSOR: The sponsor of this Challenge is the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 2350 West El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040 ("Sponsor").

ADMINISTRATOR: The administrator of the Challenge is Health 2.0, LLC, 350 Townsend Street #403 San Francisco, CA 94107 ("Administrator")

CHALLENGE DESCRIPTION: Sponsor has established this Challenge with the intent of engaging the developer community in the creation of solutions that will contribute to the development of its linkAges™ system for successful aging. The Intellectual Property (“IP”) in such solutions will be subject to a Sponsor License as specified within these Official Rules. The Challenge begins at 9:00:00 a.m. Pacific Time on June11, 2014 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. on September 8, 2014 ("Challenge Period"). For the Challenge, the individual or team that submits the wining application will win $10,000 and the chance to participate in a six-month accelerator program the second place time will win $5,000 and the third place team will win $1,000, as further described below. Entry into the Challenge does not constitute entry into any other challenge or promotion, including, without limitation, other similar challenges or promotions offered by Sponsor and/or Administrator. By participating in the Challenge, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, Administrator, and/or the individual judges, which shall be final and binding in all respects.

ELIGIBILITY: The Challenge is open to (a) companies that maintain a place of business in the United States of America and (b) individuals (whether participating alone or as part of a team) who are 18 years old or older as of their time of entry. U.S. Federal entities or U.S. Federal employees acting within the scope of their employment are not eligible to participate in the Challenge. Employees of Sponsor, Administrator, each of their affiliates, and/or any other individual or entity associated with the development, judging, or administration of the Challenge as well as members of such persons' immediate families (spouses, children, siblings, parents), and persons living in the same household as such persons, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in the Challenge.

HOW TO ENTER: To enter: (a) Please submit an application by going to the website located at www.health2challenge.org (the "Challenge"), complete the Official Entry Form. You may enter either alone or as part of a team. Teams must include no less than two (2) people and each team member must be clearly identified on the team's Official Entry Form to be eligible.

HOW TO MAKE A SUBMISSION: Before the closing date (“Closing Date”) of the Challenge Period go to the website located at www.health2challenge.org (the "Challenge Website"), and submit your solution in accordance with these rules ("Submission"); The Submission, must be a fully functional working prototype of the proposed solution, demonstrating the Submission's capabilities and functionality, and be accompanied by supporting documentation and a slide presentation describing the submission according to the instructions posted on the Challenge Website. In addition, and as per the Sponsor License you must declare in writing any Pre-existing IP. Each Submission that is entered into the Challenge must meet the following "Submission Requirements" (any Submission that, in Sponsor's sole discretion, violates the following criteria will be disqualified). The submission must comprise the following:

  • A text description of the solution describing the submission, the data used, the problem solved and the proposed method of deployment and use
  • A Powerpoint presentation of 10 – 15 slides outlining the solution and how it meets the goals of the challenge
  • Functional working prototype of the proposed solution, demonstrating the Submission's capabilities and functionality

Once a submission is made, a team is prohibited from making any changes or alterations to the product described in its submission until the evaluation of the entries is completed. For the avoidance of doubt, submissions that comprise solely of animated screenshots or screen walkthroughs will not meet the Submission Requirements.

Submissions must be received during the Challenge Period to be eligible. Administrator is the official timekeeper for the Challenge. No substitutions of new versions of Submissions will be accepted under any circumstances once the original Submission is submitted for consideration. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the individual or team who actually submitted the entry cannot be resolved to Sponsor's and/or Administrator's satisfaction, the affected entry will be deemed ineligible. Except as otherwise stated in these Official Rules, personal information collected in connection with the Challenge will be used by Sponsor in accordance with Sponsor’s privacy policy available at http://www.pamf.org/privacy/ and by Administrator in accordance with Administrator's privacy policy available on the Website and with any additional consent given by an entrant at the time of entry. All entry information and materials, including any copy of the Submission submitted to Sponsor, become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. Proof of submission is not considered proof of delivery to or receipt of such entry. Furthermore, Sponsor and Administrator shall have no liability for any Submission that is lost, intercepted, or not received by Sponsor and/or Administrator. Sponsor and Administrator assume no liability or responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, theft, or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, Submissions.

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES/INDEMNIFICATION: By participating in the Challenge, each entrant represents, warrants, and covenants as follows: (a) entrant is the sole author, creator, and owner of the Submission; (b) the Submission is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation or claim; (c) the Submission does not and will not violate or infringe upon the intellectual property rights, privacy rights, publicity rights, or other legal rights of any third party; (d) the Submission does not and will not contain any harmful computer code (sometimes referred to as "malware," "viruses" or "worms"); and (e) the Submission, and entrants use of the Submission, does not and will not violate any applicable laws or regulations, including, without limitation, applicable export control laws and regulations of the U.S. and other jurisdictions (f) the Submission will comply with all privacy and security laws and regulations of the U.S. and other jurisdictions, and in addition data access, use and interpretation methods will be socially acceptable to the general population, ie to respect the social norms for access to individual data. The Sponsor may make available to participants, sample data-sets with data representative of the information collected by the linkAges system. Where participants wish to access these restricted data-sets, they will be required to sign a separate restricted data use agreement and will warrant to use the supplied data only for the purposes of this Challenge and not to share or divulge these data with any other party. If the Submission includes any third party works (such as third party content or open source code), entrant must be able to provide, upon Sponsor and/or Administrator's request, all appropriate licenses and releases for such third party works. In the event entrant cannot provide all required licenses and releases, Sponsor reserves the right, in Sponsor's sole discretion, to disqualify the applicable Submission, or seek to secure the licenses and releases for Sponsor's benefit and allow the applicable Submission to remain in the Challenge. Entrants will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Sponsor and Administrator from and against all third party claims, actions, or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses relating to or arising from entrant's Submission or any breach or alleged breach of any of the representations, warranties, and covenants of entrant hereunder. Sponsor and/or Administrator reserves the right to disqualify any Submission that Sponsor and/or Administrator, in its sole discretion, deems to violate these Official Rules.

SPONSOR LICENSE: EACH ENTRANT RETAINS TITLE AND FULL OWNERSHIP IN AND RIGHT TO DEVELOP AND COMMERCIALIZE THEIR SUBMISSION. ENTRANT EXPRESSLY RESERVES ALL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS NOT EXPRESSLY GRANTED UNDER THIS AGREEMENT. However by participating in the Challenge, each entrant hereby irrevocably grants to Sponsor a non-exclusive, paid-up, royalty free, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, non-transferable and non-sublicenseable (except to its affiliates) license to make, have made, copy, modify, make derivative works of, or otherwise use the Submission and all that the entrant develops during the Challenge Period and pertaining to each entrant’s participation in the Challenge ("Challenge IP").

For the avoidance of doubt, such Challenge IP is limited in scope to work products created during and pertaining to each entrant's participation in the Challenge. Each entrant will retain all rights and full ownership to Intellectual Property in pre-existing work products (“Pre-existing IP”) that they created before the Challenge and provided as input to the Challenge process or as part of a Submission. However, Sponsor shall retain title and full ownership of any derivative works it creates or arranges to have created pursuant to this Sponsor License.
In establishing this Sponsor License, it is the Sponsor's intent that where it elects to make use of the Challenge IP, by preference it will form a collaboration with the entrant where in consideration of such use, the entrant commits to actively develop, deploy and support the Challenge IP.
In addition, each entrant hereby irrevocably grants to Sponsor and Administrator the right to use the Submission to the extent necessary to administer the Challenge, and to publically perform and publically display the Submission, including, without limitation, for advertising and promotional purposes relating to the Challenge.

PUBLICITY RELEASE: By participating in the Challenge, in addition to any other grants granted herein or which may be granted in any other agreement entered into between Sponsor and/or Administrator, on the one hand, and any entrant in the Challenge, on the other hand, each entrant hereby irrevocably (a) grants to Sponsor and Administrator the right to use such entrant's name, likeness, image, and biographical information in any and all media for any purpose, including, without limitation, advertising and promotional purposes relating to the Challenge and (b) releases Sponsor and Administrator from any liability with respect thereto.

WINNER SELECTION/EVALUATION CRITERIA: A review panel will select one (1) winning Submission from among all eligible entries based on the following evaluation criteria:

  • Addresses one or more explicit problems; engaging users OR tracking community growth (30%)
  • Potential to have a material impact on the identified problem (25%)
  • Innovation and creativity (20%)
  • Socially acceptable (15%)
  • Affordable, sustainable, & scalable (10%)

The evaluation criteria are to be applied in the sole discretion of Sponsor and the individual reviewers. By participating in the Challenge, each entrant into the Challenge acknowledges and agrees that such evaluations may differ from person to person and agrees to be bound by and not challenge the final decisions of Sponsor and the individual reviewers.

Entrants should be aware that the review panel may elect to create a short list of entries for more in depth evaluation before selecting the winner, and that short listed entrants may be offered the opportunity to present their submission to the review panel.

NOTICE TO WINNERS: Attempts to notify potential winners will be made using the contact information provided on the winner's Official Entry Form. Sponsor and Administrator are not responsible for e-mail or other communication problems of any kind. If, despite reasonable efforts, a potential winner does not respond within five (5) days of the first notification attempt (or a shorter time as exigencies may require), or if the prize or prize notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to such potential winner, such potential winner will forfeit his or her prize and an alternate winner may be selected. If any potential prize winner is found to be ineligible, or if he or she has not complied with these Official Rules or declines the applicable prize for any reason prior to award, such potential prize winner will be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected. Sponsor may successively attempt to contact up to two (2) potential prize winners in accordance with such procedure, and if there is still no confirmed prize winner after such attempts have been made, if any, the applicable prize may go unawarded.

ANTICIPATED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS:Many will enter, three teams (3) will be selected as winners for the long-form Challenge. Actual odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Sponsor and Administrator cannot accurately predict the number of entrants who will participate in the Challenge.

PRIZES:The individual or team that submits the winning Submission will receive $10,000 and for a winning team with a potentially scalable solution, the opportunity to participate in a six-month accelerator program, the second place team will win $5,000 and the third place team will win $1,000. The intent in offering the winner the opportunity to join the accelerator program is to assist the refinement of the winning solution, validate its use in real world situations, and subject to validation, to make the solution a key part of the linkAges system build. The availability of this opportunity to the winning team will be at the Sponsors sole discretion.

GENERAL PRIZE CONDITIONS:The potential winner may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release and (where imposing such condition is legal) a Publicity Release (collectively "Prize Claim Documents"). If a winner fails or refuses to sign and return all Prize Claim Documents within five (5) days of Sponsor's and/or Administrator's request (or a shorter time as exigencies may require), the winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected. No more than the advertised number of prizes will be awarded. Prizes will be delivered only to an address in the U.S. No cash alternative or substitution or transfer of prizes will be allowed, except Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to substitute prizes of comparable value, in whole or in part, for any reason. THE WINNER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR REPORTING AND PAYING ANY INCOME TAXES OR OTHER TAXES THAT MAY APPLY TO ACCEPTING A PRIZE; SPONSOR AND ADMINISTRATOR ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR AND WILL NOT PAY ANY SUCH TAXES.

DATES/DEADLINES: Because of the unique nature and scope of the Challenge, Sponsor and Administrator reserve the right, in addition to those other rights reserved herein, to modify any dates or deadlines set forth in these Official Rules or otherwise governing the Challenge.

GENERAL LIABILITY RELEASE/FORCE MAJEURE: Each entrant agrees that Sponsor and Administrator (a) shall not be responsible or liable for any losses, damages, or injuries of any kind (including death) resulting from participation in the Challenge or any Challenge-related activity, or from entrants' acceptance, receipt, possession, use, or misuse of any prize, and (b) have not made any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, with respect to any prize, including, without limitation, regarding such prize's merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Entrants will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Sponsor and Administrator from and against all third party claims, actions, or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses relating to or arising from entrant's participation in the Challenge. Sponsor and Administrator assumes no responsibility for any damage to an entrant's computer system which is occasioned by accessing the Website or other Challenge-related websites or participating in the Challenge, or for any computer system, phone line, hardware, software, or program malfunctions, or other errors, failures, delayed computer transmissions, or network connections that are human or technical in nature. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Sponsor and Administrator are not responsible for incomplete, illegible, misdirected, misprinted, late, lost, postage-due, damaged, or stolen entries or prize notifications; or for lost, interrupted, inaccessible, or unavailable networks, servers, satellites, Internet Service Providers, websites, or other connections; or for miscommunications, failed, jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected computer, telephone, cable transmissions or other communications; or for any technical malfunctions, failures, difficulties, or other errors of any kind or nature; or for the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, or the failure to capture any information. Sponsor and Administrator each reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any individual who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Challenge or Website or other Challenge-related websites, to be acting in violation of these Official Rules, or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Challenge, or to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person, and Sponsor and Administrator each reserve the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. In the event an insufficient number of eligible entries are received or Sponsor and/or Administrator is prevented from awarding the prize or continuing with the Challenge as contemplated herein by any event beyond its control, including, without limitation, fire, flood, natural or man-made epidemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war (declared or undeclared) or any federal state or local government law, order, or regulation, public health crisis, order of any court or jurisdiction, or other cause not reasonably within Sponsor's control ("Force Majeure"), Sponsor and/or Administrator shall have the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Challenge. If the Challenge is terminated for Force Majeure before expiration of the Challenge Period, Sponsor and/or Administrator will (if reasonably possible) select a winner from all eligible, non-suspect entries received as of the date of the event giving rise to the termination. These Official Rules cannot be modified or amended in any way except in a written document issued in accordance with the law by a duly authorized representative of both Sponsor and Administrator. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.

GOVERNING LAW/JURISDICTION: ALL ISSUES AND QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE CONSTRUCTION, VALIDITY, INTERPRETATION, AND ENFORCEABILITY OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES OR THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF ENTRANTS, SPONSOR AND/OR ADMINISTRATOR IN CONNECTION WITH THE CHALLENGE SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA WITHOUT GIVING EFFECT TO ANY CHOICE OF LAW OR CONFLICT OF LAWS RULES OR PROVISIONS. ANY LEGAL CLAIMS ARISING FROM OR RELATING TO THE CHALLENGE OR THESE OFFICIAL RULES MUST BE BROUGHT IN THE FEDERAL OR STATE COURTS LOCATED IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA.

WINNERS LIST/OFFICIAL RULES: To obtain any legally-required winners list (after the conclusion of the Challenge) or a copy of these Official Rules, send a self-addressed envelope with the proper postage affixed to: Health 2.0, LLC, Attn: Health 2.0 Developer Challenges,350 Townsend Street #403, San Francisco, CA 94107. Please specify "winners list" or "Official Rules" and the name of the specific Challenge in your request.

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