March 23, 2018 to March 25, 2018

The Gupta Family Hackathon for Health Communication

6:30 pm to 1:00 pm

An all-weekend marathon of innovation for better health communication will be held at U-M on March 23- 25, with support from CNN medical correspondent and U-M alumnus Sanjay Gupta, M.D. and his wife. The event will bring together bright minds from the worlds of health, digital technology, design, communication and information science on the U-M campus – including students from U-M and other universities.

Working in newly formed teams, the participants accepted to the Gupta Family Hackathon will hack, or rapidly develop, new potential solutions to specific problems in health communication.

For instance, the teams may create new web- and mobile-based tools designed to address a specific need. Or they might find new ways to harness communication channels to ensure the effective spread of important and accurate health information.

They'll do it with the inspiration and guidance of experts from U-M, industry and community organizations taking part in the event.

Teams will present their prototypes for judging on the final afternoon, competing 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 U-M's Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation and Michigan Medicine, U-M's academic medical center, the event is supported by a gift from the Guptas.

Students and professionals who can commit to participating in the entire weekend may get more information and apply for a spot in the hackathon at