HDI Forum III: The Health Datapalooza

Submission Deadline

Submissions are Closed


  • Demo Opportunity


Registration for the HDI III Forum is open. Please take the opportunity to visit the HDI III Forum registration page to reserve a spot. Don't delay - seats are filling quickly.

The Health Data Initiative (HDI), originally launched in 2010 by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as the Community Health Data Initiative, is now part of the Health Data Consortium (HDC), a new public-private collaboration that encourages innovators to utilize health data to develop applications to raise awareness of health and health system performance and spark community action to improve health. Members of the Consortium include foundations, federal, state and local government agencies, research organizations, and private companies. The HDC envisions an expanding array of applications being built using data from HHS and other data suppliers.

The 2012 HDI Forum–otherwise known as HDI Forum III: The Health Datapalooza—will be held on June 5-6, 2012 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Last year attendees included over 450 leaders from the White House, federal agencies, investment and venture capital sectors, academia, social sectors, public health communities, information technology firms, business, and health care delivery systems. This year, we have moved to a much larger venue and added a second day, and we expect a much larger crowd.

The goal of the Health Datapalooza is to showcase the best and brightest new applications using data from government and other sources. Innovators will present their technologies to the audience, describing how it uses health data and makes a meaningful impact on health. The very best new applications will be featured at the Forum on the main stage, in breakout sessions, or in an expanded exhibit hall.


  • Submissions Are Due: April 6th, 2012
  • Selected Teams Notified: April 23rd, 2012
  • Health Datapalooza Takes Place: June 5-6, 2012

Review Panel

    • HDI Judging Committee

Evaluation Criteria

A central component of the Health Datapalooza is to showcase the newest uses of health data during the Main State and Apps Demo presentations. In order to determine which organizations should be featured at the Forum, we are calling on individuals to judge the submissions received. We welcome the participation of individual with interest or experience in health apps and health data to serve as judges.

Once the applications to present are received and initially reviewed, a number of "virtual auditions" will be scheduled. Using webinar technology, potential presenters will deliver their presentation to the judges who will then rate the performance. Those presenters receiving high scores will be invited to showcase their product during the Main Stage sessions. Others receiving favorable scores will be scheduled to present during the Apps Demo sessions.

Using established judging criteria, you can help shape the 2012 HDI Forum. Your input will make sure there is a balance of clinical applications with individual and community use, and business operations apps that are focused on cost, efficiency and quality. Most of all, you can help answer the burning question, "Will anyone actually use this app or product?" All perspectives are welcome and necessary to develop an engaging, interesting meeting.

Whether you are a techie who is very familiar with health data or a person who just knows a good health app when you see it, sign up to judge the submissions today! If you are interested in being a judge please visit the judging application form.

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • the extent to which the application or activity uses health data (does not have to be publicly available data)
  • how the application addresses an explicit problem or health issue
  • whether the application is newly created (developed within the past 12 months) or if exhibited during last year’s Forum, features enhanced capabilities
  • whether the application has demonstrated utility (improved health outcomes, reduction in health care costs, etc.)
  • whether the application has a sustainability plan or future plan of use
  • Submission Requirements

    The first step is to complete the form below. Based on the material submitted, companies will be informed whether they have been identified as a potential presenter and instructed upon the contest’s next steps.

    We anticipate over a hundred entries for about 20 main stage spots! In addition to the main stage, there are plenty of opportunities to demo and exhibit at HDI. Take advantage of this terrific, national meeting to highlight your product to a captive audience.

    Whether you demo or not, register and attend the HDI Forum. It’s a must see event for health data enthusiasts that you can’t afford to miss!