Hacking Dermatology’s 2019 Hackathon took place September 13-15 in Boston. By the end of the three-day weekend, five teams were awarded $5,000 each to continue working on their ideas for the next several months.
During the kickoff presentations on the first night, program coordinators explained the agenda: In one-minute intervals during the first evening, participants pitched dermatology-specific problems in healthcare. About 25 problem areas were pitched, ranging from how to address identifying eczema triggers over time to how to standardize data collection and improve documentation systems to how to improve point-ofcare fungal diagnosis.
The pitches were followed by time for participants to mix and connect with other participants to discuss each of the problems, identify the one specific problem they each would like to work on solving during the weekend, and to form teams around those problems. By mid-day on Saturday, 17 teams were formed. The teams spent the next day and a half “hacking” their problems to develop potential solutions that would benefit patients and healthcare providers, as well as the basis of a sustainable business model to market the solution.
On Sunday afternoon, teams had three minutes to present their problem, solution and business case to a panel of judges. The winning teams whose conceptual ideas are advancing into the next phase of the process include:
FLARE, which is going to look at developing a product that performs non-invasive, continuous skin monitoring for eczema patients.