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Hackathon 2019

Hacking Health

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019

Hackathons such as these inspire innovators to think outside of the box and apply their knowledge and experiences to real world applications. By organizing an interdisciplinary team, participants have the opportunity to meet with different participants and work collaboratively, playing off each other’s strengths.

During this one-day event hosted by Geisinger’s Steele Institute for Health Innovation and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, we invite innovators to strategically work on a problem that Geisinger is aiming to solve. Innovators will form multidisciplinary teams of four to five members who will collaborate on solving this problem. Advisors from diverse specialties will be available throughout the day to provide feedback and guidance to pitches. At the end of the night, each team will present a 15-minute presentation to a panel of judges, who will choose the top 3 teams. These teams will have the chance to continue developing their ideas with an initial investment and the opportunity to pitch their continued work again for the possibility of a second investment.

Participants must register by Friday, Sept. 20, to receive a gift, but day-of registration will be available. Preregistration cost is $25 until Sept. 20, and $30 on the day of the event. Food and beverages will be provided to participants during the event.


Developing a product to solve provider burnout and operational inefficiencies due to electronic health record (EHR) systems documentation requirements and current regulatory landscape


Students and professionals spanning from all industries related to health:

  • Clinicians (MDs, DOs, nurses, PAs, NPs)
  • Computer scientists
  • Engineers
  • Business and health professionals (MBAs, MHAs, MPHs)
  • JDs


First place: $5,000
Second place: $3,000
Third place: $1,000

Exposure: The first- and second-place teams will enjoy a lunch meet-and-greet with some of Geisinger’s Steele Institute for Health Innovation leadership.

Investment opportunity: The top three teams will have the opportunity for a potential initial investment to develop their solution then later pitch for a second investment.

Contact us

Emily LaFeir, MHA
Director, Innovation Operations
Steele Institute for Health Innovation