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Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Hackathon

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The 2016 Hackathon is October 14th-15th. Sign ups are now open!


The first ever Spaulding Hackathon was held prior to the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) Annual Meeting in September 2015. The 2-day event focused on the development of creative and innovative solutions specifically for rehabilitation medicine challenges.

The Spaulding Hackathon brings together clinicians, engineers, designers, programmers, and entrepreneurs to tackle clinical and healthcare related problems specific to rehabilitation medicine. These talented individuals are given the opportunity to collaborate with each other to find innovative ways to solve problems to benefit caregivers and patients.

The Spaulding Hackathon is hosted by Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and the Harvard Medical School Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in collaboration with the MIT Hacking Medicine.

View information on our winners, speakers, judges, mentors and sponsors below.



1st Place Prize

$2000 Cash
$5000 Legal Services from Foley Hoag
$3500 iOS Development from Beacon Growth

2nd Place Prize
$1000 Cash
$1500 iOS Development from Beacon Growth

Best Design Award
$10,000 Design services from Mad*Pow

All winners eligible to participate in the Spaulding Accelerator Program



Elaine Chen
Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management
Founder and Managing Director, ConceptSpring

Elaine is a startup veteran and innovation and entrepreneurship consultant who has brought numerous hardware and software products to market. As Founder and Managing Director of ConceptSpring, she works with executives and leaders of entrepreneurial teams to create product strategies and roadmaps, and to formulate aggressive but achievable program plans to implement the company’s vision. She is also a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she teaches entrepreneurship, primary market research, and organization development in startup settings. She is the author of the book, “Bringing a Hardware Product to Market: Navigating the Wild Ride from Concept to Mass Production”.

Elaine has previously served at the VP level in engineering and product management at several startups, including Rethink Robotics, Zeo, Zeemote and SensAble Technologies. She holds a BS and an MS in mechanical engineering from MIT.


Amy Cueva
Founder & Chief Experience Officer

Amy Cueva is founder, chief experience officer, and healthcare principal at Mad*Pow, a design agency focused on improving the experiences people have with organizations, technology, and each other.

Amy plays an essential role in Mad*Pow's visualization of a changed healthcare system in the U.S. Her work with companies like Aetna, CVS, McKesson, and Fidelity has helped improve the customer experience, leverage design to drive change, and facilitate human-centric innovation. As the chief instigator behind Mad*Pow's Healthcare Experience Design Conference—now in its fourth year and expanded and rebranded as HxRefactored—Amy has successfully connected and networked disparate parts of a challenging and siloed system.

Amy's grown Mad*Pow's presence, client base, and revenue, leading to Mad*Pow’s 2009 recognition as one of Inc. 500's fastest growing privately held companies. Mass High Tech named her one of its 2009 Women to Watch, and she supports An Orphan’s Dream, a nonprofit organization supporting AIDS-orphaned children in Gachoka, Kenya.


Michael Muehe

Michael Muehe is the Executive Director of the Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities. He also serves as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator for the City of Cambridge. For over thirty years, he has advocated in the areas of disability policy, independent living, and the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. Michael began his career pushing for access to public transit from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Since the passage of the ADA in 1990, Michael has actively participated in the nationwide ADA Training and Implementation Network. Michael serves on the Board of Directors of Partners Continuing Care.


Dan Newman

Dan Newman is Managing Partner of Cross Atlantic Advisory and Cross Atlantic Ventures, a Cambridge, MA based venture capital and advisory firm focused on early stage companies in a number of technology sectors with investments in the US, France and Israel. He is a results-driven, seasoned professional bringing more than 30 years of experience across strategy, business development and investment management. Dan has worked with companies in a broad range of technologies including hardware, software consumer products and medical devices. Dan is a Board member and member of various Advisory Boards in a range of technology sectors in France and the US. He is also a Limited Partner at Hub Angels, one of the oldest angel groups in the Boston area.


Ralph Sheridan

Member of Launchpad Venture Group, previously with Young Presidents Organization, World Energy Solutions, MassVentures.

Coaching technology CEO's and Boards through complex market and strategy problems. Investor in early stage technology in software for social, mobile and cloud opportunities.


David Storto

David E. Storto is the President of Partners Continuing Care and the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. Under Mr. Storto's leadership since 1998, PCC has grown and been developed as the fully integrated non-acute care services division of Partners HealthCare based in Boston, Massachusetts. PCC includes two inpatient rehabilitation hospitals with 23 outpatient centers, two long-term acute-care hospitals, and three skilled nursing facilities, together recognized as the SRN. Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital is the highly ranked and internationally recognized flagship of the SRN and is home to the Harvard Medical School's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

PCC's home care organization that covers Eastern Massachusetts is now known as Partners HealthCare at Home (PHH). PHH represents the integration over 30 hospital-based home-care agencies and community-based Visiting Nurse Associations. PHH has been recognized as one of the National Home Care Elite in 2009 and 2010, a distinction given to the top 25% performing agencies in the nation by Outcome Concept Systems. PHH was also one of the top performing home care organizations in the country in the CMS pay for performance demonstration project, driven heavily by its 90+ percentile performance in relation to avoidance of emergency department visits and unplanned acute hospital readmissions.

Mr. Storto is a Trustee of PCC and its subsidiaries, as well as of the Massachusetts General Hospital Health Services Corporation. Since 1998, Mr. Storto has been a member of the Specialty Hospital CEO Group of the Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA). In 2009, he was elected to the MHA Board of Directors. He also is active in several other national and state professional associations and community organizations.

Prior to joining Partners and Spaulding, Mr. Storto was the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). Mr. Storto served in numerous capacities during his 18-year tenure at RIC, including social worker, Director of Admissions and Marketing, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, and Vice President of Planning. During this time, he became an expert in operational management, program development, governance and strategic planning in rehabilitation facilities.

Mr. Storto received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with distinction, in 1976 and a Masters Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago in 1978. He received his Juris Doctor from the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law in 1986.

Mr. Storto is married to Shelley Mogil and they live in Boston, Massachusetts. They have two children Max and Mara. Outside of work and family, Mr. Storto is a marathon runner who loves to cook, sing karaoke, and travel.


Ross Zafonte, DO

Dr. Ross D. Zafonte is Earle P. and Ida S. Charlton Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. He also serves as chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, as well as Senior Vice President Medical Affairs Research and Education at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. Dr. Zafonte's textbook is considered one of the standards in the field of brain injury care. Dr. Zafonte's work is presently funded by the NIH, DOD and NIDRR, and he is currently directing several large clinical treatment trials. His laboratory work has focused on understanding mechanisms of recovery after Brain and Spinal Cord Injury. Dr. Zafonte also serves on the Board of Governors for the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.



Saurabha Bhatnagar, MD

Saurabha Bhatnagar, M.D. completed undergraduate studies in Computer Science at Illinois Institute of Technology, his doctorate from The Chicago Medical School/RFUMS, and residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from Wayne State University / Oakwood, where he served as Chief Resident for two years. He completed a Neurorehabilitation / Traumatic Brain Injury Fellowship from Harvard Medical School / Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. In the VA Boston Healthcare System, he is an Innovation Officer and involved in the national Innovation rollout in the VA. He believes that healthcare innovation involves characteristics of human centered design, Lean/Six Sigma, value based healthcare, and systems redesign. In addition, he serves as the Associate Residency Program Director and Chair of the Clinical Competency Committee in the Department of PM&R at Harvard Medical School / Massachusetts General Hospital / Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.


Tay Bozkurt

Taylan Bozkurt is a Program Manager for Episodic and International Initiatives for MGH TeleHealth and Operations/Financial Specialist for the MGH Department of Surgery. In Surgery, Tay has been responsible for development and launch of TeleHealth/mHealth programs, creating the hospital's first TeleRounding program. With MGH TeleHealth, he will be focusing on development of eConsults and International Virtual Visits. He is motivated in identifying how TeleHealth/mHealth can drive efficiencies and continuity in care delivery both inside and outside the hospital. Ty earned his Masters' in Business Administration from Northeastern University.


Joseph Hanak, MD FAAPMR

Current: Medical Director, Spaulding Outpatient Center.

Boston Clinical practice is musculoskeletal and integrative neurological rehabilitation.

Board Certified and a Fellow of the American Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and member of several councils.

Former Tufts PM&R Residency Program Director and Chief of the Adult Division and Director of several clinics at Tufts Medical Center.

Worked as research Chemist for Gillette Company and is co-inventor of the Indicator toothbrush. Has several years experience of innovative research and development.

Both as clinician and educator has trained medical students as well as residents for more than 15 years.

Education: Completed his medical degree from the Medical University of Pecs, in Hungary. Residency training completed in PM&R Tufts University School of Medicine and affiliated Hospitals in Boston.


Brian Mullen, P.h.D.

Brian is an entrepreneur, design engineer, and researcher with a passion for designing innovative medical products and assistive technologies. Brian's doctoral research covered many disciplines, from clinical research exploring the safety and effectiveness of treatments for people with mental illness having conducted over 15 IRB approved studies, to the design, development, and commercialization of therapeutic devices for people with disorders related to the brain. His focus has been on the testing and design of non-invasive low risk sensory based interventions to facilitate better focus, function, interaction, and performance. Brian holds a B.S.M.E., M.S.M.E and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Brian’s work has led to publications, awards, and presentations in multiple fields as well the submissions of provisional and pending patents. Brian has presented at the annual conferences for national organizations such as the American Occupational Therapy Associations (AOTA) for his clinical research, The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) on product design for people with autism spectrum disorders, and the Nation Collegiate Innovator and Inventor's Association (NCIIA) and the BioMedical Engineering Society (BEMS) on technology transfer and commercialization.

Brian founded an early stage medical device company, Therapeutic Systems to ensure the research he conducted and the technology he developed as a graduate student made it into the marketplace, to help people across the life spans who are struggling with brain disorders such as autism, ADHD, PTSD and anxiety based disorders. As CEO, Brian lead Therapeutic Systems in winning MassChallenge in 2011, the UMass Innovation Challenge, a VentureWell E-Team award, raised seed investment, and launched the product.


Christina Gunther-Murphy
Executive Director
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

Christina Gunther-Murphy is executive director at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), where she is responsible for developing and executing against IHI's person-centered care strategy to achieve results, reputation, and financial targets. Prior to this role, she served as director and manager, overseeing operations for IHI's hospital portfolio, managing key internal transitions, and leading internal improvement efforts. She also has experience in spread and scale-up as the manager of IHI's 5 Million Lives Campaign and advisor for a number of large-scale change programs in the U.S. and internationally, including the 100,000 Homes Campaign. Before joining IHI, Christina worked at the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality.


Tara Murphy

Tara Murphy is the founding Administrative Director for the Kraft Center for Community Health Leadership, an initiative of Partners HealthCare that works to expand access to high-quality health care for underserved populations. Previously, she led the design and implementation of a comprehensive federal compliance program at the Clinton Health Access Initiative, a global health organization committed to improving health care in the developing world. She has also served as the Administrative Director for Harvard PEPFAR, the largest federal grant in Harvard’s history, which provided HIV/AIDS services in Nigeria, Tanzania, and Botswana, and as the Director of Research Development for the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Tara is a graduate of Cornell University and the Boston University School of Public Health.


Pieter van Noordennen

As the Director of Digital Development for Rowman & Littlefield, Pieter van Noordennen defines the digital product strategy for one of the world’s largest independent publishing companies. He leads efforts to create innovative new products that generate non-traditional revenue. He and his team are well-versed in technology management, content strategy, and analytics. Prior to joining Rowman & Littlefield, he was a product manager for Orbitz Worldwide and an award-winning journalist working for national magazines such as Outside, Money, Entrepreneur, Forbes, National Geographic Adventure, and Skiing.


Robert Oh

Robert Oh is the founder of Beacon Growth ( Beacon Growth is an iOS (Swift) development firm that specializes in building minimum viable product iPhone apps for startups in exchange for cash and equity. Robert is a former McKinsey & Company consultant with an MBA from the Wharton School and BA from Yale University.


Julie K. Silver, MD
Associate Professor
Associate Chair for Strategic Initiatives
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Harvard Medical School & Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

Julie Silver, MD is an Associate Professor and the Associate Chair for Strategic Initiatives at in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. Dr. Silver has published many scientific reports and is well-known for her ground-breaking work on “impairment driven cancer rehabilitation” which was initially published in the journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians--a high impact factor oncology journal that is published by the American Cancer Society. Impairment-driven cancer rehabilitation was subsequently incorporated into the American Cancer Society’s Facts & Figures for the first time in 2015. She is the co-founder and co-director of the Cancer Rehabilitation Group for the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine—a research focused interdisciplinary professional society. Dr. Silver developed a best practices model for cancer rehabilitation care that hundreds of U.S. hospitals adopted, and it was featured by the Discovery Channel’s TV show Innovations. She has written and edited many books and is formerly the Chief Editor of Books for Harvard Health Publications—the official publishing division for Harvard Medical School. She currently directs two annual 3-day CME courses at Harvard Medical School: “Career Advancement and Leadership Skills for Women in Healthcare” and “Writing, Publishing and Social Media for Healthcare Professionals”. Her work has been recognized by the American Cancer Society (Lane Adams Quality of Life Award), Massachusetts General Hospital (The One Hundred) and The Boston Globe (Top Innovator in Medicine). Dr. Silver is currently affiliated with several Harvard teaching hospitals including Spaulding Rehabilitation, Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals. Her work has been featured in many media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The LA Times, USA Today, The London Times and NPR. She has also appeared on numerous TV shows including the CBS Early Show, The Today Show, Fox News, ABC News and Dr. Oz.


William Townsend

Bill Townsend is the President & CEO of Barrett Technology, the Massachusetts-based company he founded in 1988 to advance the state of human-machine interaction. He is an innovator with over a dozen issued patents in the US, Europe, and Japan. Products he helped design can be found today in 18 countries across six continents. In the area of human-machine devices, Dr. Townsend won the Robotic Industries Association Joseph Engelberger Award in Technology for his design of the first haptics-capable robot. This device was chosen as the world’s most advanced robot in the Millennium Edition of the Guinness Book of Records. Mako Surgical, a division of Stryker Medical, licensed gearless drives invented by Townsend and his collaborators that constitute the core of their flagship RIO partial-implant knee-surgery robot that interacts via gentle haptic forces with the surgeon. He earned his PhD and MS degrees in engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his BS at Northeastern University. Today, Bill is involved in the development of the Barrett's ultraminiature ("Puck") brushless motor controller and Proficio, an upper-limb rehabilitation device aimed at reducing the effects of neurological disorders.


Sarah Tuttle

Sarah Tuttle manages Customer Outreach & Offer Analytics for a financial institution, responsible for targeting and segmentation to support event-based marketing in teller/seller and digital channels as well as online-to-offline retargeting programs. Previously, she served as senior vice president of Targeting & Client Engagement for the financial institution's Global Wealth Management Marketing team. In that role, she managed the design, execution, and measurement of integrated sales and marketing campaigns supporting the full portfolio of wealth management brands. Prior to her current position, Sarah held data-driven marketing roles at Taylor Nelson Sofres and Nielson Mobile. She holds a bachelors degree in Cognitive Science from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.


Qing Mei Wang, MD, PhD

Dr. Qing Mei Wang obtained her PhD and MD at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and completed residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. After completing residency training in 2008 she joined the faculty at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (SRH), Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and Harvard Medical School (HMS), where she provides inpatient/outpatient clinical care, supervise trainees, and conduct research on stroke recovery to enhance our knowledge and the quality of patient care.

Dr. Wang leads Stroke Biological Recovery Laboratory at Spaulding Rehabilition Network Research Institute-HMS. Her research is funded by National Institute of Health as well as intramural grants that aim to determine molecular biological mechanisms of neuroinflammation in neurological disorder and to develop novel pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions to promote recovery.

Dr.Wang’s research involves cellular, animal and clinical disciplines, aiming to bridge basic science breakthrough to bedside therapy. This laboratory is fully equipped for studying pathophysiologic mechanisms of brain injury and recovery, including cryostat-microtome, freezing microtome, sterostatctic frames, laser Doppler flow detectors and probes, core thermometers, Morris Water Maze with computer monitoring system, pneumatic cortical impactor as well as equipments for molecular cellular biology. The laboratory has established several models to study the functional recovery after various central nervous system (CNS) insults. In addition, the laboratory has direct access to several adjacent core facilities, including Neuroscience Microscope core, flow cytometry core, recombinant protein expression and purification core, transgenic and gene targeting facility.


Friday, October 14th   |    Saturday, October 15th
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Registration will take place between 5:30pm and 6:00pm

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Let's do this!

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That's a wrap, until tomorrow...



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