Meet: myNYP, NewYork-Presbyterian's online portal for patients to track health records, coordinate doctors' appointments and more.

The Challenge: how would you innovate myNYP to create the best online patient care experience?

InnovateNYP invites developers and designers from all around the country to help improve a patient's experience using myNYP. By applying new solutions and ideas and collaborating in teams to develop working prototypes, participants will have an opportunity to present their work to NewYork-Presbyterian and a panel of judges, all of whom bring monumental expertise from technology, health care, and business.

NewYork-Presbyterian is looking for participants who are passionate about health care and the patient-physician experience. Ask yourself -- how can my next interaction with my doctor, or my next visit to the hospital, be smoother, easier and more convenient?


A. The Hackathon is open only to: 

(i) individuals who are at least 18 years of age as of March 15, 2014; and

(ii) teams of up to eight eligible individuals, where each team member meets the eligibility requirements (a “Team”).

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

C. The following individuals are NOT eligible to participate in the Hackathon, either individually or as a member of a Team, regardless of whether or not they meet the criteria set forth above: 

(i) any individual who at the time of the Hackathon is involved with the design, production, promotion, execution, or distribution of the Hackathon or Competition, including members of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s, Patient Engagement, Graphite, Enterprise Master Patient Index, and Application and Web Development teams, and each member of any such individual’s immediate family or household; and

(ii) any individual whose participation in the Hackathon would, in the determination of the Sponsor, create a conflict of interest.

D. For purposes of determining a member of an individual’s immediate family: 

(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.  


Contestants must create a working proof of concept or model of a software application that, leverages to provide better functionality to patients (the “Application”).


A. Specific Requirements.

As part of the Application, each Contestant must submit items (i) through (v) below.  Item (vi) is optional. 

(i) the name of the Application.

(ii) a text description of the Application and its features.

(iii) at least one image (screenshot) of the working Application.

(iv) Contestant name(s).

(v) a list of data sets and/or APIs used in the Application.

 (vi) a website URL where the Application can be accessed.

Items (i) through (vi) constitute the “Submission”. For sake of clarity, all parts of a Submission must be entered at the same time on the Hackathon Website. All Submissions must be received by no later than 4:00pm on March 16, 2014.

B. Language Requirements.

All Submission materials must be in English. 

C. Text Description and Image. 

(i) The text description should describe the Application’s features.

(ii) The image(s) must be photographs or screenshots of the Application. 

(iii) The Application may utilize APIs and data from third parties, provided the Contestant has obtained written permission from such third parties to use such APIs or data in the manner utilized by the Application.   

D. General Requirements 

(i) Submissions must be newly created and developed during the Hackathon.

(ii) Submissions must not violate any law or regulation; depict hatred; be in bad taste; denigrate (or be derogatory towards) any person or group of persons or any race, ethnic group or culture; threaten a specific community in society, including any specific race, ethnic group or culture; incite violence or be likely to incite violence; contain vulgar or obscene language or excessive violence; contain pornography, obscenity or sexual activity; or disparage the Sponsor or anyone involved in organizing or supporting the Hackathon.

(iv) Contestants must not attempt to intentionally duplicate the Submission of another Contestant. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any Submission that is an exact or substantially similar duplicate of another Submission. 

(v) Submissions  must not contain any software routine, code, or instruction, hardware component or combination of the foregoing which (a) permits unauthorized access to Sponsor’s IT network or Sponsor’s Confidential Information or (b) can disable, delete, modify, damage or erase software, hardware or data.

(vi) Submissions must not contain any malicious code that can disable, delete, modify, damage or erase software or data.

(vii)  Each Contestant may submit more than one Submission. However, each Submission must be unique, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. If a Contestant enters two or more Submissions that are substantially similar, the Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify Submissions or require the Contestant to choose one Submission to enter into the Hackathon.

(viii) Contestants must not state or otherwise imply endorsement of their Application by the Sponsor in any of the Submission components.

(ix) Submissions must: (a) be the original work product of the Contestant; and (b) not violate the intellectual property rights or other rights, including but not limited to, copyright, trademark, patent, contract, and/or privacy rights, of any other person or entity.

(x) Submissions may contain open source code as long as each such element of open source code is identified, and Contestant or team of Contestants (if applicable) has complied with applicable open source use terms and conditions.

D. Warranties.

By entering a Submission, Contestant represents, warrants and covenants that:

(i) the Submission (including, without limitation, the Application) is the original work product of the Contestant and complies with these Official Rules.

(ii) the Submission shall not contain any software routine, code, or instruction, hardware component or combination of the foregoing which: (1) permits unauthorized access to Sponsor’s IT network or Sponsor’s Confidential Information; (2) can disable, delete, modify, damage or erase software, hardware or data; or (3) can disable, delete, modify, damage or erase software or data.

(iii) that it has the right to convey the License, and that the Submission is free from any claim of infringement of any copyright, trademark, trade secret, patent or other proprietary right of any third party and that Sponsor’s receipt and use of the Submission as provided in these Official Rules does not and shall not infringe any copyright, trademark, patent or other proprietary right of any third party or constitute the wrongful taking of any third party’s proprietary or confidential data or trade secret.

Hackathon Sponsors


$85,000 in prizes

1st Place

The individual or team with the highest overall score will receive a cash award of $50,000.

2nd Place

The individual or team with the second-highest overall score will receive a cash award of $25,000.

3rd Place

The individual or team with the third-highest overall score will receive a cash award of $10,000.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

  1. Sign up through Eventbrite. (The event sign up is at capacity. Please visit Eventbrite to get a Wait List ticket. If a spot opens up, we will contact you directly.)
  2. Create a ChallengePost account or log in with your existing ChallengePost account.
  3. On this page, click on the blue button "Register for this Hackathon" to receive the latest updates.
  4. Provide a description of your skill-sets and indicate whether you are seeking a team to join or list your intended team members.
  5. Use the Discussions tab to find collaborators and to propose questions and suggestions.


Aurelia Boyer

Aurelia Boyer
Chief Information Officer, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Cyrus Massoumi

Cyrus Massoumi
Founder & CEO, ZocDoc

Mario Schlosser

Mario Schlosser
Co-founder & Co-CEO, Oscar

Scott Schwaitzberg

Scott Schwaitzberg
Civic Innovation, Google

Brad Weinberg, MD

Brad Weinberg, MD
Founding Partner, Blueprint Health

Judging Criteria

  • Ease of Use (20 Points)
    How intuitive is the experience? Would the patients find the application easy to use and understand?
  • Design (20 Points)
    Does the design reflect the NYP aesthetic? Is it clear and simple? Can patients who may have difficult seeing be able to view the application?
  • Benefit for Users (20 Points)
    Would a patient use this application? What would patients gain from their experience using the application?
  • Creativity and Innovation (20 Points)
    Is this a new idea? Does technology like this already exist for NYP patients? How innovative is the concept?
  • Overall Quality (20 Points)
    Does it address any of the challenges or wishlist areas NYP had noted? Is the application practical and useful to the hospital and patients? Is this a tool that could be easily implemented? Should NYP consider using the application?

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