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Innovating together to improve health communication

The University of Michigan and alumnus Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, teamed up to host a weekend-long hackathon to drive new ideas and tools for health communication.

Bright minds from the worlds of health, digital technology, design, communication and information science joined together on the U-M campus. The charge: work together to identify and rapidly develop new approaches to solving the problems of delays, missed opportunities and even tragedy that can come from poor communication of health information.

Experts from U-M, industry and community organizations provided information and guidance. Teams presented their prototypes for judging on the final afternoon, and competed for a chance to develop their ideas further with the help of U-M mentors. All participants will retain the right to develop their ideas after the event.

Organized by the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation and Michigan Medicine, U-M’s academic medical center, the event was supported by a gift from the Gupta family.

Read more about the hackathon.


Location: Jack Roth Stadium Club at the Big House

6:30 p.m.
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Welcome and Hackathon Opening

  • Dr. John Ayanian, director of the institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at the University of Michigan
  • Dr. Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon & CNN Chief medical correspondent
  • Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, director and health officer, Detroit Health Department

Location: A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Research Science Building

8:00 a.m.
Check-in and breakfast
9:00 a.m.

  • Dr. Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon & CNN Chief medical correspondent
  • Mr. Jeff Arnold, founder of WebMD and ShareCare
9:30 a.m.

Communication challenge pitches will be delivered from the stage (30 seconds each)

  • Anyone can make a pitch to the group
  • Participants can form teams around pitches or decide to work on completely different ideas
  • Participants will form or join teams of approximately 5 people according to interest; teams will not be assigned
  • Once pitches have been offered, the hackathon is considered open and hacking commences
Lunch from Jerusalem Garden
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Optional (but amazing) drop-in/drop-out workshop: Improv for Brainstorming and Problem-Solving
6:00 p.m.
Dinner from Chipotle
11:00 p.m.

Hacking may continue through the night

8:00 a.m.
9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Optional (but awesome) workshop: Communication Skills - Polish Your Pitch
10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Optional (but awesome) workshop: Communication Skills - Polish Your Pitch
Deadline to submit project to Google Drive (upload to DevPost is optional)
Lunch from Jimmy John’s
1:00 p.m.

Each team will have 2 minutes to pitch and 2 minutes to answer questions

2:00 p.m. (approximate)
Judges deliberate
2:00 p.m. (approximate)
Informal Q&A with Dr. Sanjay Gupta
3:00 p.m. (approximate)
Awards and celebration

Keynote Speakers

Sanja Gupta

Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Neurosurgeon & CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

Joneigh Khaldun

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun

Director and Health Officer, Detroit Health Department

Jeff Arnold

Jeff Arnold

Founder of WebMD and Sharecare


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