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Keynote Speakers





Wes Gail, Analyst at Arboretum Ventures

Vik Kheterpal, Principal MD at CareEvolution, Inc.

Ann Verhey-Henke, Managing Director for Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship at University of Michigan School of Public Health

Joyce Lee, Endocrinologist, Designer, and Associate Professor at the University of Michigan Medical School and School of Public Health

Paula Sorrell, Principal at Paula, LLC

Steve Schwartz, 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.

First Prize:

Entry into the competitive Entrepreneur Bootcamp program at Ann Arbor SPARK with a $1000 scholarship

$500 cash prize from The William Davidson Institute

Showcase on our web site for up to one year

Second Prize:

A $500 cash prize

Customer Discovery Program from The SearchLite

Showcase on our web site for up to one year

Third Prize:

A $300 cash prize

Showcase on our web site for up to one year

Best Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Solution:

A $500 cash prize

Showcase on our web site for up to one year

People’s Choice:

A special prize for the crowd favorite

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

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, this is about disease prevention after all. Wear your event tag at all times so we can make sure only registered participants are on the premises.

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

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.

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!

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 priot to the event. Work with new people on new things! That’s more fun anyway!

Date Location Time Activity
June 24
Downtown Ann Arbor
(Location shared with attendees via email)
6pm-8pm Opening Remarks
June 25
Palmer Commons
UM Campus
8am-9am Registration
9am-10am Keynote Speakers
10am-11am Idea/Problem Pitches
11am- Hacking Starts
June 26
Palmer Commons
UM Campus
-12pm Hacking Stops
12pm-2pm Team Demos
Pitches to Judges
2pm-3pm Winners Announced
Prizes Awarded

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.