NYP Hospital is pleased to launch the InnovateNYP: Pediatric App Challenge, a 10-week competition to identify and prototype innovative technology solutions for pediatrics

Open to the general public as well as all NYP employees, the Challenge will award up to $40,000 in cash prizes.

All entries must be submitted by May 20th at 11:59PM EDT (1 Minute before Midnight), and similar to previous Challenges, prototypes will be judged at the end of the submission period.

Interested participants may form teams of up to eight members to develop a working prototype for pediatrics that uses Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) enabled data, which is the newest and easy-to-implement data standard for exchanging electronic health records.

To capitalize on both industry and non-industry expertise, participants may wish to consider creating collaborative teams consisting of both NYP employees and outside designers and coders.

The judging panel will consist of tech and health leaders.

We hope you'll join us!


The Challenge is open to:

  • individuals who are at least 18 years of age as of Saturday, March 12, 2015; and
  • Teams of up to eight eligible individuals, where each Team member meets the eligibility requirements (a “Team”).

Note: Each Team shall appoint one individual to represent and act on behalf of the Team, including entering a Submission.

  • The following individuals are NOT eligible to participate in the Challenge, either individually or as a member of a Team, regardless of whether or not they meet the criteria set forth above:
  1. any individual who at the time of the Challenge is involved with the design, production, promotion, execution, or distribution of the Challenge, including each member of any such individual’s immediate family or household; and
  2. any individual whose participation in the Challenge would, in the determination of the Sponsor, create a conflict of interest.

Note: For purposes of determining a member of an individual’s immediate family, the following shall apply: (i) members of an individual’s immediate family include such individual’s spouse, children and step-children, parents and step-parents, and siblings and step-siblings; and (ii) members of an individual’s household include any other person that shares the same residence as such individual for at least three (3) months out of the year.


As part of each Submission, Contestants must submit items (1) through (5) below:

  1. the name of the Submission.
  2. a text description of the Submission and its features.
  3. Contestant name(s).
  4. a list of FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) resources(List of most commonly used US FHIR resources (highest probability of widespreadreuse/interoperability for your app): http://argonautwiki.hl7.org/index.php?title=Implementation_Guide. Complete list of FHIR resources: https://www.hl7.org/fhir/resourcelist.html)
  5. the Submission must be completed utilizing one of the following approved tools:


Hackathon Sponsors


$40,000 in prizes

1st Place

$25,000 cash prize

2nd Place

$10,000 cash prize

3rd Place

$5,000 cash prize

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

You should register for the challenge here on our DevPost page and check out our in person events on Eventbrite. 

Be sure to keep an eye out for updates during the course of the Challenge.


Aneesh Chopra

Aneesh Chopra
President of NavHealth

Daniel Barchi

Daniel Barchi
Chief Information Officer at NewYork-Presbyterian

Rachel Haot

Rachel Haot
Managing Director at 1776

Naveen Selvadurai

Naveen Selvadurai
Co-Founder of Foursquare

Minerva Tantoco

Minerva Tantoco
Chief Technology Officer at the City of New York

Jessica Leber

Jessica Leber
Staff Editor & Writer at Fast Company

Lawrence Stanberry

Lawrence Stanberry
Pediatrician-in-Chief, NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital

Judging Criteria

  • Ease of Use (20 Points)
    How intuitive is the experience? Would the intended end user find the application easy to use and understand?
  • Design (15 points)
    Does the design reflect the NYP aesthetic (such as is depicted on the NYP website, patient portal, or NYP App)? Is it clear and simple?
  • Benefit for Users (15 Points)
    Would a pediatric user use this application? What would end users gain from their experience using the app? Does this address a fundamental problem in pediatric care in a reasonable manner?
  • Creativity and Innovation (15 points)
    Is this a new idea? Does technology like this already exist? How innovative is the concept for pediatric healthcare?
  • Scaling/Standards (15 points)
    For the degree to which your application can connect with any FHIR server without requiring custom integration services work ("One Click Connect")
  • Overall Quality (20 points)
    Does it address the issues and goals for pediatrics or child life? Is the app practical and useful to NYP and patients? Is this a tool that could be easily implemented? Should NYP consider using the app?

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