Program
Why is NYCEDC holding the Innovate Health Tech NYC competition?
Who is the Innovate Health Tech NYC Team?
What are the key competition dates?
What will the Innovate Health Tech NYC team do with my submission?
Do I retain intellectual property ownership?

Eligibility

Who is eligible to enter the competition?
Can more than one person work on a solution and receive credit for it? And if the solution wins a prize, how will the prize money be split among the creators?
Can I enter more than one solution?
We are an organization. Can we enter?

Submission Requirements

How do I Enter?
What type of technology should I create?
Do I need to use any specific API, SDK or dataset in my solution?
Can I include external API’s or datasets in my solution?
I have a software solution. What platform should it run on?
What Priority Area should I choose for my solution?
What type of design files should I include in my submission?
Why do I have to upload a video?
Why do I have to include a 5-slide presentation?
Can my solution include advertisements?
Does my software solution need to have store approval prior to the submission deadline?
Do the submitted solutions have to be newly created for this competition, or can they be pre-existing solutions?

Judging Process

What are the criteria for judging the submissions?
How can I provide ChallengePost with access to test my solution?
Do I need to send in an actual physical prototype for judging?

Voting Process

How does public voting work?
Do I need a ChallengePost account to vote?
How do I vote?
Do tweets and Facebook likes count as votes?
Can I create more than one account to vote?
Can I pay people to vote for me?
Are votes checked for eligibility before the Popular Choice Finalist is determined?
What do I do if I think someone is cheating to get more votes?

Demo Day

What happens during Demo Day? What is required of me/my team during that time?
If I become a finalist, do I have to take part in Demo Day?
If I become a finalist, what is included in my three-part coaching session?
Who can attend Demo Day?

Other

How do I follow Innovate Health Tech NYC and get updates?
Who can I contact if I have questions about the Innovate Health Tech NYC?

Why is NYCEDC holding the Innovate Health Tech NYC competition?

Innovate Health Tech NYC is an initiative of the Bloomberg Administration, the City of New York and New York City Economic Development Corporation. In a strategic review of the life sciences and healthcare sectors in NYC called Eds & Meds NYC 2020, NYCEDC held extensive conversations with senior academic stakeholders, investors and entrepreneurs in NYC and beyond. According to stakeholders, there was consensus that the City can play a more active role in championing an entrepreneurial culture among NYC’s academic research and clinical care communities.

Innovate Health Tech NYC is designed to help address this opportunity and represents one of two healthcare technology initiatives in NYCEDC’s portfolio. The other initiative, PILOT Health Tech NYC, partners early-stage healthcare technology companies and partners them with health institutions to pilot new technologies in NYC healthcare settings.

Who is the Innovate Health Tech NYC Team?

Health 2.0, ChallengePost and StartUp Health - all New York City based technology companies - have partnered with New York City Economic Development Corporation to develop, design, and administer the Innovate Health Tech NYC Challenge. Together, these organizations comprise the Innovate Health Tech NYC Team.

What are the key competition dates?

The submission deadline is May 2, 2013, at 5 p.m. EST. Judging will begin on May 22, 2013 at 10 a.m. EST, and will end June 13, 2013 at 5 p.m. EST. Public voting will also begin on May 22, 2013 at 10 a.m. EST, and will end June 13, 2013 at 5 p.m. EST. Finalists will be notified on June 18, 2013 and cash prize winners will be announced on or around July 10, 2013 during the Demo Day event. For more information click here .

What will the Innovate Health Tech NYC team do with my submission?

The Innovate Health Tech NYC team will have the right to publicly display parts of your submission on the challenge website. They will also be allowed to publicize your name on the challenge website in connection with the submission and the challenge.. For more information on publicity rights, please see the Official Rules.

Do I retain intellectual property ownership?

Yes. By submitting a solution to Innovate Health Tech NYC, you do not transfer any intellectual property rights to NYCEDC, Health 2.0, StartUp Health or ChallengePost. However NYCEDC, Health 2.0, StartUp Health and ChallengePost will have the right to feature your solution for promotional purposes. See the Official Rules for details.

Who is eligible to enter the competition?

The Innovate Health Tech NYC is open to individuals, teams of individuals and legally registered corporations or organizations that are domiciled in the New York City and who employ 10 or fewer people at the time of entry. All individuals and team members must be at least 18 years of age at the time of entry and be either residents of New York City or hold full time employment in New York City.

Can more than one person work on a solution and receive credit for it? And if the solution wins a prize, how will the prize money be split among the creators?

Yes, teams are encouraged. If a team of individuals, a corporation or an organization is selected as an award winner, the full prize amount will be sent to the submitter. It will be up to the winning team or organization to reallocate the prize money between the team members, as they deem appropriate.

Can I enter more than one solution?

Yes. There is no limit to how many times an eligible person, team or organization may enter the challenge. An individual may also participate on behalf of more than one team, corporation, or nonprofit organization. However, if you submit two or more solutions that are identical or substantially similar, NYCEDC and ChallengePost reserve the right to disqualify all the submissions or require you to choose one submission to enter into the competition.

We are an organization. Can we enter?

Organizations with 10 or fewer employees may enter and compete for the cash prizes if they are legally established entities domiciled in the New York City. Organizations with more than 10 employees are not eligible for this competition.

How do I Enter?

  1. Create an account or log in with an existing ChallengePost account.
  2. On InnovateHealthTechNYC.com, click on the Register button to confirm your interest in participating. This step ensures that you will receive important challenge updates.
  3. Create a functioning software solution and/or hardware prototype that meets the requirements listed in the Official Rules.
  4. Visit the Submission Requirements page for info on what is required on the submission form.

What type of technology should I create?

To be eligible for Innovate Health Tech NYC you must submit a functioning prototype of a commercially viable software or hardware technology that solves an urgent health care problem. The health care problem you choose to address is up to you, but a list of potential priority areas has been provided. Eligible technologies may include, but are not limited to, healthcare analytics tools, clinical workflow management tools, mobile health applications, and wireless health monitoring devices.

Please note that the technology included in the submission must be new and must not have been available to the public, commercially or for free, prior to the start of the competition submission period. For more information please see section 5B of the Official Rules.

Do I need to use any specific API, SDK or dataset in my solution?

No, there is no required API, SDK or dataset for the Innovate Health Tech NYC.

Can I include external API’s or datasets in my solution?

Yes. You may use external APIs and datasets as long as you have the legal authority to use and distribute them.

I have a software solution. What platform should it run on?

Software solutions can run on any mobile device or platform, desktop operating system, or web browser. If you are entering a software solution, you must provide access for testing. You should upload an appropriate installation file (e.g. .apk, .ipa, .xap, .bar, etc.) AND/OR provide a link to a website where your application can be accessed or downloaded. When submitting your solution, also make sure you include what device, platform, and OS should be used to test it in the “Testing Instructions” field of the submission form. If your software solution runs on a proprietary hardware or another device that is not widely available, you may be required to provide access to a device for testing.

What Priority Area should I choose for my solution?

Your solution may address any important healthcare problem. You are encouraged, but not required, to enter a solution that addresses one of the following priority areas:

Novel Technologies:

  • Wireless health and home monitoring devices
  • Consumer technology or enterprise technology

Data use:

  • Data analysis to improve outcomes and/or reduce cost of care
  • Population level data analytics and predictive modeling

Patient Management:

  • Tools to improve patient compliance and disease management
  • Medication adherence and medication checking
  • Tools to improve communication and patient satisfaction metrics
  • Tools to manage clinical trials and patient networks
  • Effective marketing methods for new patients

Processes Improvement:

  • Care coordination and integration
  • Productivity enhancements and streamlining processes

What type of design files should I include in my submission?

Please submit your design files as PDF’s or JPEG’s so that judges without your specific software can open them. You can use any program you like to create the PDF’s or JPEG’s.

Why do I have to upload a video?

A video helps ensure that all users can view and experience your solution. The video will also be helpful to the panel of judges. You may create a screencast or use a handheld video camera to make your video, or choose any other method that captures the solution’s value and user interface.

Why do I have to include a 5-slide presentation?

The slide presentation represents the primary non-verbal communication of your solution’s functionality, evolution and plan for success. The video aspect of your submission, which may make use of the submitted PDF slides if you wish, will supplement the slides. If you are chosen as a finalist you will use these slides as a first draft of your Demo Day presentation.

Can my solution include advertisements?

The challenge rules do not prohibit advertising in solutions. Please note, however, that if the content of the ads is deemed inappropriate, your submission may be disqualified.

Does my software solution need to have store approval prior to the submission deadline?

No, your solution does not have to be available to the public during the competition. However, you must make it available, free of charge, to the Innovate Health Tech NYC team and the judges for testing and evaluation.

If you are entering a software solution you must upload an appropriate installation file (e.g. .apk, .ipa, .xap, .bar, etc.) AND/OR provide a link to a website where your application can be accessed or downloaded.

If your Submission includes a physical prototype of hardware technology or software that runs on a device that is not widely available, you will be required to provide access to the technology for testing on May 16, 2013 at 483 Broadway, 2nd Floor, NYC.

Do the submitted solutions have to be newly created for this competition, or can they be pre-existing solutions?

In order to be eligible, the technology included in your submission must not have been sold or licensed commercially prior to January 28, 2013, without having undergone substantial updates after January 28, 2013.

What are the criteria for judging the submissions?

All eligible software solutions will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the Idea (includes creativity and originality)
  • Quality of User Experience (includes design, visual aesthetic, and ease of use)
  • Potential Impact (includes the potential impact on an urgent healthcare need)
  • Commercial Potential (includes feasibility of distribution to target users, scalability, and potential demand)
  • Quality of Team (Includes experience of team members, prior successes and capacity of the team to execute and bring the technology to market)
  • [Finalists Only] Presentation Quality (includes clarity and persuasiveness of the Demo Day presentation and technology demonstration).

For full details, review the Official Rules.

How can I provide ChallengePost with access to test my solution?

For software solutions:
You must provide us with access to your application by uploading an appropriate installation file AND/OR providing a link to a website where your application can be accessed or downloaded.

For Android applications, Contestants must upload a .apk file OR provide a link to an installation file (or link to the app on Google Play).

For iOS applications, Contestants must do one or more of the following:

1. Upload a .ipa file provisioned with the appropriate UDID (see below);
2. Provide a link to an installation file or the app on iTunes; OR
3. Send us your app via TestFlight BEFORE the submission deadline. Enter our email address and UDID to share a build with us for testing. Our TestFlight account email is: Marny@challengepost.com. Please include your submission name in your TestFlight invitation.

Our UDIDs are:

iPad (iOS 5.0.1) e21acf963c60919f6f0aa23d42cef5f06e25ee2d
iPod Touch 4th Gen (iOS 5.0.1)13d9c9e50d705446c07fc5d2c3c3144c69ffc576
iPhone 4 (iOS 9b208) d6d3f69fde72561928c0fd7c541ea1511acf7729

For Windows Phone applications, Contestants should upload a .xap file with testing instructions OR provide a link to the downloadable file in the "Website URL" field (if in the app store) or "Testing Instructions."

For Blackberry application, Contestants should upload a .bar file with testing instructions OR provide a link the downloadable file in the "Website URL" field (if in the app store) or "Testing Instructions."

For Mac or Windows desktop applications, Contestants should upload appropriate installation files OR provide a link to download the installation files in the "Testing Instructions" field of the submission form.

For all other software solutions, please include a website URL and a free login (if applicable), or a link to download your installation files in the “Testing Instructions” field of the submission form.

For hardware solutions:
You do not need to submit your prototype with your online submission, however, if your Submission includes a physical prototype of hardware technology or software that runs on a device that is not widely available, you will be required to provide access to the technology for testing on May 16, 2013 at 483 Broadway, 2nd Floor, NYC.

Do I need to send in an actual physical prototype for judging?

You do not need to provide access to your physical prototype prior to submitting an entry online. However, you will be required to provide access to the physical prototype for testing on May 16, 2013 at 483 Broadway, 2nd Floor, NYC. Also, if you enter a software solution that runs on a device that is not widely available, you may be required to provide access to the appropriate device for testing. Please contact Support@ChallengePost.com if you have questions.

How does public voting work?

Visitors to the site can vote for as many submissions as they like, but no more than once for a single submission. At the end of the public voting period, the votes will be tallied and verified to determine the Popular Choice Finalist. For more information please see the Official Rules.

Do I need a ChallengePost account to vote?

Yes. Before you can vote for a submission, please sign up or log in to your ChallengePost account.

How do I vote?

Log in to your confirmed ChallengePost account, go to the submission you’d like to vote for, then click on the VOTE button to vote.

Do tweets and Facebook likes count as votes?

No, they do not.

Can I create more than one account to vote?

No, the use of multiple email addresses or any form of automated vote process will subject all votes from the person to disqualification.

Can I pay people to vote for me?

Submitters may not pay or otherwise compensate anyone or provide any other type of consideration in exchange for votes.

Are votes checked for eligibility before the Popular Choice Finalist is determined?

We take the integrity of the competition extremely seriously, and verify all votes via a wide variety of methods before a Popular Choice Finalist is determined.

What do I do if I think someone is cheating to get more votes?

Send us an email at Support@ChallengePost.com and include a link to the submission in question.

What happens during Demo Day? What is required of me/my team during that time?

All 10 finalists will be invited to present their solutions at Demo Day. Each finalist will be provided with a three-part coaching session to streamline the Demo Day presentation.

On Demo Day, finalist teams will give a pitch to attending judges and will be scored live on the quality of their presentation. The presentation score will be incorporated into the overall evaluation of the team. The three finalists with the highest overall scores (on all criteria) will be awarded the Best Innovation Awards. The announcement and award ceremony will close the Demo Day.

If I become a finalist, do I have to take part in Demo Day?

In order to become a finalist you must indicate in your submission that at least one member of your team will be available to take part in Demo Day. If you are not able, or opt not to participate in the Demo Day, you will not be eligible for a Best Innovation Award and another finalist may be selected in your place.

If I become a finalist, what is included in my three-part coaching session?

As a finalist you will receive coaching to prepare you for your Demo Day presentation. The coaching will leverage a peer-group format, allowing the entire group to benefit from each other’s questions, insights and presentations. Coaching will be provided by StartUp Health Academy and will include the following:

  • June 27, 2013 – Part 1: A 90-minute webinar on the 8-minute pitch for the group of finalists. This session will address the concept of the pitch, how much time to spend on each section and other tips and tricks.
  • July 1/2/3, 2013 – Part 2: 90-minute group sessions with 3-4 companies. During the 90-minute sessions, each company will do a practice pitch based on the lessons from Part 1. By being in a smaller group, the finalists will be able to not only learn from the coaching, but leverage the feedback given to other companies. Finalists will also submit a presentation deck to StartUp Health to review and provide comments on.
  • July 8, 2013 – Part 3: Final slides will be sent to Health 2.0. This should serve as a final step in their preparation.

Who can attend Demo Day?

Demo Day is open to the public and will be held on July 10, 2013 at the Health 2.0 Offices (483 Broadway, 2nd Floor, NYC). Please check back for more details.

How do I follow Innovate Health Tech NYC and get updates?

When you register for the challenge, you’ll automatically receive updates regarding the Challenge. But anyone can receive email updates by clicking “Register” to receive email updates. If you'd only like to be notified when the winners are announced click "Notify Me." Follow the challenge on Twitter at @healthtechnyc or join the conversation with #innovatenyc.

Who can I contact if I have questions about the Innovate Health Tech NYC?

Email Support@ChallengePost.com