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A2H2 is a healthcare hackathon in Ann Arbor addressing challenges to health around the world and providing participants a forum to develop solutions and scale their ideas. This year’s topic is Making Do: Healthcare in Low Resource Settings.

What are Low resource settings?
You might immediately think of the developing world and while that’s absolutely right, we see on a daily basis that there are many parts of the west, the US especially, that struggle with getting adequate healthcare, whether that is because the tech is not available or too expensive, or the access to care is lacking or costly, or the health education and patient-centered encouragement is subpar, or many many other reasons. That being said what is worked on at the hackathon is left up to the participants themselves.

The challenges that face healthcare in low resource settings include but is not limited to the

  • inadequate healthcare services and resources at remote communities
  • inequitable distribution of healthcare resources
  • differences in the healthcare behaviors between rural and urban
  • private and public healthcare providers with public health policy implications
  • the cost of treatment
  • absence of specialty healthcare programs
  • sociocultural diversity

This year we also have a special track (TIKTOC) about transition into independence for people with physical, cognitive, and neurodevelopmental disabilities, thanks to a collaboration with the University of Michigan Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90RE5012). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The event takes place June 22 to June 24 on The University of Michigan campus. Over the course of these days participants form cross-functional teams to collaborate and compete for prizes, developing a minimum viable product or prototype to address an issue in health.



Friday, June 22

6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Opening Reception

Saturday, June 23

8:00 A.M. Registration & Breakfast

9:00 A.M. Keynote Speakers

10:00 A.M. Problem Pitches

11:00 A.M. Hacking Starts

Sunday, June 24

11:50 A.M. Hacking Stops

12:00 P.M. Team Pitches to Judges

3:00 P.M. Winners Announced



Penny Canada

Penny Canada is Staff Advocate at The ARC of Oakland County, where she advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and other related developmental disabilities. She provides education, strategies for problem solving and negotiation, planning expertise (related to transition and government benefits), advocacy and community referrals to families. Penny represents the concerns and voices of families in various community meetings and work groups and stays informed of current policies.


Daniel Dugan

Daniel Dugan is a Bioinformatician at Genomenon, Inc, where he focuses on reducing the time Geneticists and Pathologists spend researching genetic variants when curating individualized care plans. Daniel also uses 3-D printers to help people who have lost parts or all of their hands. Many of the hands and arms made are sent to Haiti, Cuba, Nepal and other countries that are medically underserved. He has completed around three dozen fully-assembled hands through his work with e-NABLE, from the standard raptor reloaded model with a pincher grasp, to an electric hand that senses muscle movement to drive the finger movement.


Alex Gossage

Alex Gossage is Interim Executive Director at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, where he oversees all operations for the disability advocacy and service nonprofit founded in 1976. The Ann Arbor CIL provides hope, offers support, and transforms lives with dedication to the success of children, youth, adults, and seniors with disabilities at home, at school, at work and in the community. Alex has been with the Ann Arbor CIL since 2006 having served as Associate Director, grant research and writer, AmeriCorps*VISTA program manager, and special projects coordinator.



Anne Fisher, Senior Director, Research Analytics at Truven Health Analytics
Jonathan Goldstein, Director of Operations for Entrepreneurial Services, Ann Arbor SPARK
Kevin Ward, Executive Director, U-M Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care (MCIRCC) and Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI)
Lauren Bigelow, CEO, Growth Capital Network
Michelle Meade, Director, U-M Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) Technology Increasing Knowledge: Technology Optimizing Choice (TIKTOC)
Steve Schwartz, Co-founder, CTO at Genomenon Inc.



In addition to meeting cool people, creating a dream team, and launching a new venture, we have some excellent prizes lined up for you! We want to make sure that you have the right resources after the weekend to help you move your great ideas forward.

Overall First Prize:

  • Entry into the competitive Entrepreneur Bootcamp program at Ann Arbor SPARK
  • Development Funding from Google
  • Showcase on our web site for up to one year

TIKTOC Track First Prize:

  • Entry into the competitive Entrepreneur Bootcamp program at Ann Arbor SPARK
  • Development Funding from Google
  • Showcase on our web site for up to one year

Overall Second Prize:

  • Development Funding from Google
  • Showcase on our web site for up to one year

All winning teams will have opportunities to present their future work and gather feedback from the A2 Health Hacks community at future events!

If you plan to develop a physical prototype, and needed access to some tools and lab space - our wonderful partners at TinkerTech have made their workspace available to you from 2pm on Saturday, June 21st until 11am on Sunday, June 22nd. Please read here for more details, and come speak to any of the organizers (wearing blue t-shirts) during the event to get set up.

This year we are a UM Zero-Waste event - thus we will not have physical program books. You can find a copy of the program here A2H2 2018 Event Program.




What is this event? 2018-06-05T22:24:38-04:00

What’s a Hackathon?
What’s a Makeathon?

Our definition:
An all-weekend, high-intensity brainstorming and prototyping event for participants from all walks of life: students and professionals and retirees from fields across IT, engineering, design, health and business, collaborating, putting their skills and knowledge together to create an new solution to a problem. Solutions can be websites or apps, devices, service offerings or or business models, to present to the judges by Sunday to win prizes. In the worst case you’ll have a great weekend creating new things with interesting people and go back to your day job on Monday. In the bast case you just met your co-founders and started a company.

What is the Code of Conduct? 2018-04-21T12:09:47-04:00

Ann Arbor Health Hacks is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion.

We do not tolerate harassment of hackathon participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any hackathon venue, including receptions, hacking time, and/or talks. Hackathon participants violating these rules may be expelled from the event at the discretion of the organizers. Please approach one of the hackathon staff members or find help at the information desk if you have concerns or would like to report harassment. Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion
  • Sexual images in public spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, event organizers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the hackathon. Event organizers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible to event staff and/or the information table. Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at the Gupta Family Hackathon for Health Communication. People like you make our event a better place.


Copyright (CC-O)
This policy is licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license. This code relied heavily on the Code of Conduct created by our friends at Ignite UX Michigan. You can find their code of conduct here. We would like to thank them for sharing their code, as well as the people at Geek Feminism who inspired Ignite UX Michigan. You can find the Geek Feminism code here.

How much is this going to cost me? 2017-01-03T01:07:51-05:00

Outside of your time, nothing!

Our wonderful organizers and sponsors have worked hard to make this event free of cost to you. Food and beverages will be provided over the weekend as well.

Do I need a team or an idea to pitch? 2017-06-11T16:31:12-04:00

No you don’t. We will have keynote speakers to inspire your ideation. That said, if you have an idea, come pitch it! Inspire others to join you and prototype it. But be open to be inspired by another idea and form a team around that. We discourage teams from pre-forming or bringing projects that have already been worked on prior to the event. Work with new people on new things! That’s more fun anyway!

What should I bring to the hackathon? 2017-01-03T01:07:29-05:00

Bring a laptop, a bottle for water, energy, and an open mind! An extension cord would be a good call too! Layered clothes are recommended as well. There’s always someone who is too hot or too cold

We will have some maker mentors available with gadgets, more to come on that front, but if you have gadgets you think you may want to tinker with, feel free to bring them!

Who owns the Intellectual Property generated over the weekend? 2017-01-03T01:07:17-05:00

You do! Neither the A2 Health Hacks organization nor any of the sponsors claim any rights to the intellectual property generated during the event i.e. we don’t automatically get a cut of anything you have made. That said, IP is always tricky and we’re not in a position to give you legal advice but are happy to connect you to an IP lawyer or the appropriate USPTO resources.

I’m not a coder, medical professional, or maker. Should I still attend? 2017-01-03T01:07:01-05:00

Absolutely! The purpose of this event is to bring people with diverse backgrounds and skill sets together. The solutions generated over the weekend will be varied and can be anything from a new app, a new physical product, or a service-based solution

Do I have to stay throughout the night? 2017-06-11T16:30:23-04:00

No you don’t. That’s entirely up to you and your team. We will have food available throughout the event, but we want you to be safe. Wear your event tag at all times so we can make sure only registered participants are on the premises.