New York State Health Data Code-a-Thon

Submission Deadline

December 20, 2013


December 19 -20, 2013


Graeme Ossey


  • First Place $6,000 + 2 tickets to HxRefactored 2014 (approx $799 each)
  • Second Place $2,500
  • Third Place $1,500
First Place


Team Members

Raymond Jacobson, Ethan Bond, Femi King

Vera, the psuedo-intelligent system we have developed, is a change in momentum for methods of positive encouragement, tips and tricks to leading a healthier life, and data collection and trending. Vera interacts with the user through text message (SMS) and acts as a friend, periodically checking in on your eating habbits, level of activity, weight, and other useful information. Comparing the data entered by the user and multiple open data sources from to Pew to the Health Indicators Warehouse, Vera decides what she'll be talking to you about and how often she'll drop in and check on you. A sample dialog is presented in our presentation slides. A user at any time can text Vera to update their information, ask for statistics and graphical representation of their data, and see their health trends.

Second Place


Team Members

Asher Benjamin, Charles Hathaway, Michael O'Keefe, Ashwin Wagadarikar

Active Sidekicks allows citizens to track health related metrics and empowers citizens to make healthier decisions by connecting them with a support group of friends and family members. Users can track their physical activity, weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, and heart rate from their PC, external devices, or phone instruments. Groups can be created with other users to help plan group activities and provide support. Planning group activities is made easy by allowing users to search for outdoor activities in New York State within the application.

Third Place


Team Members

John Lien, Andrew Nasman and Taryn Phippen

DOEFANI (Diabetes and Obesity Education using Franchise and Nutrition Information) allows users to easily view nutrition values for selected food choices at different restaurants. The user will input a restaurant, select a food type, zip code or county, and optionally a calorie range. The system will output a list of food items that match their specified information. Selecting a food item from then nutrition tab will display a pop up with detailed nutritional values on the selected food item. In addition, health violations for the local selected restaurants will be available for the user to make informed decisions on the healthiest and safest restaurant to purchase their food.

Recent Updates

Thanks to everyone who participated!


Come and be part of an inaugural event where innovation meets public health!

Imagine if a simple app could tell you where to get more exercise, shop for healthy foods, and get information from health experts right in your community. That’s the promise of the first-ever New York State Health Data Code-a-thon where we need innovative ideas to help stem the “twin epidemic” of obesity and diabetes.

The theme for the code-a-thon is “Healthy Connections = Healthy Communities.” The goal is to leverage your own personal experiences, creativity, and design expertise, while engaging with health experts and open data leaders, to turn novel ideas into mobile/web-based tools that help New Yorkers take control of their health by linking them to resources within their communities.

Whether it’s a person who wants to find bike trails for exercise or a mom looking for places to find fresh produce to encourage healthy eating, or the public health professional who wants to help a patient find a prevention program close to their home, these tools will deliver local, at-your-fingertip answers to these practical questions.

We invite you to join us at the New York State Health Data Code-a-thon, which will take place during “NY Innovates” – a week-long event that explores the creative use of technology and data to solve the challenges of tomorrow.


Registration is free but seating is limited. Be sure to reserve your seat today by registering here . We welcome developers, students, researchers, entrepreneurs, clinicians, patient advocates, informaticians, designers, consumers, community partners, public health prevention experts, data experts, public health providers, and anyone interested in creating a level of excitement that will drive continued community engagement far into the future.

We will provide you with fuel all day. Just bring yourself, your laptops, and your brainpower. Accommodations are available close to event.

Discounted accommodations are available at the Best Western Franklin Square Inn in Downtown Troy on a first come first service basis. The hotel rate is $100/night. Rooms include complimentary full breakfast buffet, free wifi, free parking, and complimentary access to gym and business centers. To make reservations, please call the hotel at 518-274-8800 and reference the group code: NYS ITS Group Code 2019.

First place prize is $6,000 and two free passes to the HxRefactored Conference (estimated at $799 each). The second place prize is $2,500. Third place prize is $1,500. Honorable Mention awards will also be given.


Download the Code-a-Thon Schedule

Download the Luminary Talks Schedule

The New York State Luminary Talks that are running concurrently with the two days of data coding. The “Luminary Talks” will focus on: the importance of open data on the health community; critical on-going work by health professionals within New York State’s communities; and how health plans, health care providers and local businesses are doing their part to encourage healthy behaviors among New Yorkers.

Review Panel

Evaluation Criteria

  • Creativity (30%): Ability to engage targeted audience in usage, ease of use and novel application of open data, public health interventions and technology.
  • Decision Making (20%): Ability to illustrate how the conceptual designs and working prototype application/tools can promote better data-driven decision-making related to the risk of becoming overweight/obese and develop prediabetes, from lifestyle and environmental factors.
  • Target Audience (10%): Ability to support one or more members of the health care ecosystem and provide them with data-driven tools or evidence-based insight that can help them make better contributions to staving the overweight/obesity and diabetes epidemics.
  • Feasibility of Implementation (20%): Ability to implement the working prototype within a year’s time.
  • Utilization of Open Data (20%): It is expected that open data on Health Data NY, OPEN NY, other local open data sites (for example-NYC, YMCAs, SUNY Albany School of Social Welfare), as well as Health, and other relevant sites will be utilized to create an innovative solution.


New York State Health Foundation

The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) is a private, statewide foundation dedicated to improving the health of all New Yorkers. To achieve meaningful impact, NYSHealth makes grants, informs health care policy and practice, and spreads effective programs that work to improve New York's health system.

New York State Health Department (NYSDOH)

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is charged with protecting the health, productivity, and well-being of all New Yorkers. NYSDOH is committed to: health promotion; assuring access to essential health care services; responding to public health emergencies and disasters; improving quality in all care settings, and conducting world-class research to ensure the health of New Yorkers.

Health Research Incorporated (HRI)

HRI's mission is to contribute to the health and well being of the people of State of New York by complementing and enabling the strategic public health goals of the Department of Health, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and other health related entities through the provision of knowledge, expertise, funding guidance, and fiduciary oversight for public health research and program funds in concert with the development of innovative and collaborative partnerships that contribute to the public’s health and wellness. HRI provides best-in-class resource administration for stakeholders and programs related to the work and priorities of the Department of Health and its other partners.

New York State Information Technology Services

The New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) is responsible for setting statewide technology policies for all state government agencies and monitoring all large technology expenditures in the state, seeking efficiencies, lower costs and innovative solutions. ITS’s mission is to create a technology-enabled government to better serve New Yorkers, partner with our customers to implement the best technology solutions, connect technology professionals to faster innovation, build skills, promote development, and deliver world class technology services that meet our customers' needs.


Socrata is a Seattle-based cloud software company, focused exclusively on democratizing access to government data. We help public sector organizations improve transparency, citizen service and fact-based decision-making by efficiently delivering data to those who need it, in a user-friendly experience on web, mobile and machine-to-machine interfaces.

Media Collateral

Webinar Slides


Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY

Terms & Conditions


New York State Health Data Code-a-Thon (the "Code-a-Thon")

THE SPONSORS: The Sponsors of this Code-a-Thon are New York State Department of Health, Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237 and Health Research, Inc., 150 Broadway Suite 560, Menands, NY 12204 ("Sponsors"). Support for this Code-a-Thon is provided by the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth).

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

CODE-A-THON DESCRIPTION: The Code-a-Thon begins at 9:00 am on December 19, 2013 and ends at 4:00pm on December 20, 2013 ("Code-a-Thon Period"). Entry into the Code-a-Thon does not constitute entry into any other challenge, code-a-thon or promotion, including, without limitation, other similar code-a-thons, challenges or promotions offered by The Sponsors and/or Administrator. By participating in the Code-a-Thon, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of The Sponsors, Administrator, and/or the individual judges, which shall be final and binding in all respects.

ELIGIBILITY: The Code-a-Thon is open to any individual 18 years old or older as of their time of entry, and any organizational entity (corporation, non-profit, etc.) operating lawfully anywhere in any country or territory, click here for the few exceptions. Employees of the Sponsors, Administrator, their affiliates (including individuals primarily employed by a New York State Agency and individuals/entities that were associated with the development of OPEN NY, and/or Health Data NY), and/or any other individual or entity associated with the development, judging, or administration of the Code-a-Thon 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 ineligible to compete, as an individual or as a member of a team in any aspect of the Code-a-Thon, but are invited to attend the “Luminary “ sessions and observe at the Code-a-thon, interact with participants and/or advise them on a limited basis.

HOW TO ENTER: To enter go to the website located at (the "Code-a-Thon Website"). 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. Each Submission that is entered into the Code-a-Thon must meet the following "Submission Requirements" (any Submission that, in the Sponsors sole discretion, violates the following criteria will be disqualified): you must complete the Official Final Submission Form. 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.

Submissions must be received during the Code-a-Thon Period to be eligible. Administrator is the official timekeeper for the Code-a-Thon. 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 The Sponsors’ 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 Code-a-Thon will be used by The Sponsors in accordance with The Sponsors’ privacy policy 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 The Sponsors, become the property of The Sponsors and will not be acknowledged or returned. Proof of submission is not considered proof of delivery to or receipt of such entry. Furthermore, The Sponsors and Administrator shall have no liability for any Submission that is lost, intercepted, or not received by The Sponsors and/or Administrator. The Sponsors 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 Code-a-Thon, 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. If the Submission includes any third party works (such as third party content or open source code), entrant must be able to provide, upon The Sponsors 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, The Sponsors reserves the right, in The Sponsors' sole discretion, to disqualify the applicable Submission, or seek to secure the licenses and releases for The Sponsors' benefit and allow the applicable Submission to remain in the Code-a-Thon. Entrants will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless The Sponsors 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. The Sponsors and/or Administrator reserves the right to disqualify any Submission that The Sponsors and/or Administrator, in its sole discretion, deems to violate these Official Rules.

SUBMISSION LICENSE: EACH ENTRANT RETAINS TITLE AND FULL OWNERSHIP IN AND TO THEIR SUBMISSION. ENTRANT EXPRESSLY RESERVES ALL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS NOT EXPRESSLY GRANTED UNDER THIS AGREEMENT. By participating in the Code-a-Thon, each entrant hereby irrevocably grants to The Sponsors and Administrator a limited, non-exclusive, royalty free, worldwide, license and right to use the Submission to the extent necessary to administer the Code-a-Thon, and to publically perform and publically display the Submission, including, without limitation, for advertising and promotional purposes relating to the Code-a-Thon.

PUBLICITY RELEASE: By participating in the Code-a-Thon, in addition to any other grants granted herein or which may be granted in any other agreement entered into between The Sponsors and/or Administrator, on the one hand, and any entrant in the Code-a-Thon, on the other hand, each entrant hereby irrevocably (a) grants to The Sponsors 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 Code-a-Thon and (b) releases The Sponsors and Administrator from any liability with respect thereto.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: Each team is responsible for determining the disposition of any intellectual property developed during the course of the Code-a-Thon. Neither Health 2.0 nor the Code-a-Thon Sponsors shall be responsible for mediating disputes that arise relating to intellectual property ownership.

WINNER SELECTION/EVALUATION CRITERIA: A review panel will select winning submissions from among all eligible entries based on the evaluation criteria, which will be presented to teams on or before the Code-a-Thon begins.

NOTICE TO WINNERS: Attempts to notify potential winners will be made using the contact information provided on the winner's Official Entry Form. The Sponsors 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. The Sponsors 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, 3 submissions will be selected as winners for the Code-a-Thon. Actual odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. The Sponsors and Administrator cannot accurately predict the number of entrants who will participate in the Code-a-Thon.

PRIZES: A total prize purse of $10,000 in cash plus non-cash prizes. The anticipated prize breakdown is:

  • First Place $6,000 + 2 tickets to HxRefactored 2014 (approx.. $799 each)
  • Second Place $2,500
  • Third Place $1,500

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 The Sponsors' 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. or via wire transfer internationally. No cash alternative or substitution or transfer of prizes will be allowed, except The Sponsors 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; THE SPONSORS AND ADMINISTRATOR

DATES/DEADLINES: Because of the unique nature and scope of the Code-a-Thon, the Sponsors 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 Code-a-Thon.

GENERAL LIABILITY RELEASE/FORCE MAJEURE: Each entrant agrees that The Sponsors 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 Code-a-Thon or any Code-a-Thon-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 The Sponsors 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 Code-a-Thon. The Sponsors and Administrator assumes no responsibility for any damage to an entrant's computer system which is occasioned by accessing the Website or other Code-a-Thon-related websites or participating in the Code-a-Thon, 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, The Sponsors 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. The Sponsors 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 Code-a-Thon or Website or other Code-a-Thon-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 Code-a-Thon, or to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person, and The Sponsors 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 The Sponsors and/or Administrator is prevented from awarding the prize or continuing with the Code-a-Thon 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 The Sponsors' control ("Force Majeure"), The Sponsors and/or Administrator shall have the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Code-a-Thon. If the Code-a-Thon is terminated for Force Majeure before expiration of the Code-a-Thon Period, The Sponsors 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 The Sponsors 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.


WINNERS LIST/OFFICIAL RULES: To obtain any legally-required winners list (after the conclusion of the Code-a-Thon) 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 Code-a-Thons, 350 Townsend Street #403, San Francisco, CA 94107. Please specify "winners list" or "Official Rules" and the name of the specific Code-a-Thon in your request.