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HH Vancouver Design Challenge

June 5, 2016 - June 7, 2016



About Vancouver Design Challenge

Hacking Health partnered with eHealth 2016, its national sponsor Desjardins Insurance and local sponsor Gevity to deliver the 8-week Design Challenge. The competing teams’ efforts culminated in a showcase presentation with prizes awarded at the  e-Health 2016 ConferenceThe challenge initially began with the Kick-Off Event on Saturday, April 2nd at the Centre for Digital Media,  an event co-presented by Desjardins Insurance.

Design Challenge Projects

Missed the event? Watch the micro pitches below and learn about some of the great ideas developed during the challenge







The Vancouver Design Challenge first kicked off with project leaders pitching healthcare problems. These leaders were mostly healthcare professional with an idea. Once the pitch time was over, the audience of participants formed teams who then worked together virtually to develop and refine their solutions over 8 weeks.
Throughout that period Hacking Health Vancouver hosted in-person bi-weekly meetups. This was also a great opportunity to feature exciting keynotes to keep the Design Challenge teams engaged and motivated.

Next, teams re-conveneed on the evening of June 5th at the e-Health 2016 Conference for the Opening Reception & Pitch Presentations, giving short pitches recapping their progress to date and networking with conference delegates.

Throughout this last intensive stretch mentors and digital health experts met with the teams to offer feedback on business plans and prototypes. Teams then spent the design challenge’s last 24 hours modifying, improving, testing, validating and fine tuning their prototypes in preparation for the demo competition. Once the hacking was complete, all teams were evaluated by an expert panel of judges. The prize? The top 10 finalists were invited to present to conference delegates in the afternoon of June 7th. At that point the grand winners from the final presentations were announced with awards presented shortly after.

We will support you when you need it, we will feed you often,

and we will make sure our partners provide an opportunity to make your projects a reality!





Hacking Health Registration Desk Open

Location TBD

e-Health Reception and Social

Oceanview Suites, Pan Pacific Hotel, Restaurant and Gallery level
Hacking Health Opening and Pitch Presentations

Ballroom A


East Building Hall C


East Building Hall B & C


East Building Hall C

e-Health Mix and Mingle Reception

East Building Hall B


East Building Hall C


East Building Hall C


East Building Hall C


East Building Hall B & C

Final Presentations for Top 10 teams

Ballroom A

Hackathon Rewards Presentation, Reception

East Building Hall B & C



The Gevity Innovation Award:
· $2000 cash prize to transform your prototype to a minimum viable product
· Overall business advisory services (Senior Executive)
· Technical Review and Mentoring (Architectural)
· Subject Matter Functional Mentoring (Subject Matter Expert)
· Quality and Testing Review (Quality Assurance Team)
· User Interface Design Review (Interface Design Team)
· Promotion on the Gevity Website & Social Media sites


Automatic entry into the top level of IBM’s Global Entrepreneur Program (GEP), which provides credits of $10K a month for Bluemix/Softlayer services for a full year. Prize is only awarded to a team using Bluemix.

More prizes to be announced shortly!





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Interested in breaking down the barriers in healthcare innovation? Join the Hacking Health movement as a volunteer!
Hacking Health’s Vancouver chapter is looking for driven individuals passionate about bringing innovation to healthcare to join our team of volunteers. We have several exciting initiatives planned, and we need YOUR help bringing these events to life! We need volunteers in all different capacities, from outreach and logistics to event staffing.

Interested? Let’s talk! Contact us at vancouver@hackinghealth.ca and tell us about yourself. We look forward to hearing from you!


Q. I’m a clinical professional but not really “tech savvy”. Is this event a good fit for me?

A. Absolutely! Our participants specialize in their area of expertise (although it’s great if you do have some knowledge outside of your field.) Clinical professionals contribute valuable medical and workflow knowledge but aren’t always “tecchies”, and coders and developers usually have no medical background and rely on the clinical professionals to contribute this. We’re all here to work together!

Q. Is this a hackathon like at the 2014 Vancouver e-Health Conference? How does the design challenge format work?

A. The Design Challenge as an extended hackathon that provides extra time and opportunity to tackle extra tough or complex issues, or work with special resources that wouldn’t otherwise be available in a standard 48-hour format. Ideas will be pitched and teams formed on the April 2nd kickoff date, then teams will have 8 full weeks for iterative development, consulting with experts, and doing user testing! At the e-Health conference, the 48 hours will be used for last-minute mentor and expert advice and making subsequent tweaks and refinements to projects and presentations.

Q. What kind of time committment does the design challenge require? Do I have to attend everything?

A. The time required will vary based on your team and the type of project you take on, as well as your role within the team (for example subject matter experts such as clinicians may engage only periodically to answer questions, while coders will likely have a greater time committment).
Teams are expected to be represented at both the kickoff on April 2nd and the e-Health Conference sessions on June 5th – 7th (teams that are not present at the e-Health conference portion of the event will not be eligible for judging or prizes.) The cafés that Hacking Health will host during the 8-week challenge are optional to attend, but recommended as we will have speakers, resources, and mentors available for you!
We understand that teams will be made up of professionals with busy schedules, and the kickoff date and interim cafés will all be planned on nights and weekends.

Q. Do I need to buy a separate ticket to the e-Health conference?

A. Your Design Challenge registration includes admission to the Tradeshow in the Exhibit Hall at the e-Health Conference, where vendors will showcase their latest innovations and the e-Health conference delegates gather to network. However, if you want to attend some of the special e-Health features such as the CHIA Gala or Pre-Conference session, you must purchase tickets separately through e-Health Registration.

Q. I don’t fit exactly into any of the defined participant categories, but have a great idea I want to pitch! Should I still attend?

Yes! The categories are not one-size-fits-all, so just pick the one that is closest to the type of role you will fill. For example, a healthcare policy/legislation expert with an app idea for improving access to healthcare information could register under Business, and a patient seeking to build an app that will improve patient experience could register under Clinical Professional.

Q. Are there prizes?

A number of prizes will be offered, and details are in the works. Check back on the event website for updates!

Q. I want to sponsor/mentor/volunteer/help spread the word! How can I get involved?

A. We’d love to hear from you! For sponsorship inquiries, please contact eHealth2016-Sponsorship@icsevents.com. For anything else, drop us a line at vancouver@hackinghealth.ca!

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June 5, 2016
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