InnovateHealth Yale is a driving force behind Health Hackathons at Yale. We sponsored the first Global Health Hackathon in January 2014 and, with the Center for Biomedical and Interventional Technology, the first broader Health Hackathon in October 2014. While hackathons are usually tech-focused, Yale’s health hackathons put an emphasis on solving real world problems facing healthcare leaders globally, and here in the US.  

We also support students launching their own hackathons and fund prizes to focus teams on social issues in health and in education.


Hack the Gap

IHY collaborated with BulldogHacks and Spark, two premier health and social enterprise student organizations on campus to host Hack the Gap, a hackathon focused on health disparities. Health Gap Hack challenged Yale students to develop new and innovative technology-based solutions to address health disparities in the United States. The winning product was Simpliance, a full-service care management system focused on increased patient adherence, especially among underserved communities.  

Pitch and Solve Night

A Neighborhood Health Equity Workshop. IHY and the New Haven Free Public Library launched Pitch & Solve Night - A Neighborhood Health Equity Workshop. Clinicians and public health professionals discussed challenges they and their patients face in their daily practice working in the New Haven community. Students and community members listened and engaged with medical and public health professionals, collectively generating innovative solutions that directly address these issues.

IHY also funded social impact awards across various hackathons on campus.  A sampling includes:   

Center for Biomedical Innovation and Design Hackathon 

Re-Engineering Patient Experience and Provider Engagement. IHY Winner: Rx4All, a non-profit organization that redistributes unused medication to low-income patients   


Generating promising solutions to mental health challenges. IHY Winner: Kivuli, create locally-sourced kangas (traditional African garments) for albino people as a symbol of acceptance into their community.  

Healthy Wearables Hackathon 

Create an application that encourages healthy living and well-being at Yale. IHY Winner: BETTER, a wearable device and mobile application package that offers a telehealth solution to issues of access to and flexibility of physical therapy.