HLTH Conference Announces Hackathon and Startup Pitch Competition with $130K in Prize Money at Stake

Hackathon registration and sponsorship opportunities now available; Startup Pitch competition accepting applications

NEW YORK--()--HLTH, the unprecedented new conference for healthcare innovation, announced today that it will host a 36-hour hackathon, HACKHLTH, inside the Aria Resort on Friday, May 4. This event will source some of the brightest minds in tech to drive innovation across the healthcare ecosystem. The conclusion of HACKHLTH will lead into the full HLTH 2018 program along with a Startup Pitch competition. This competition includes a curated list of some of the most groundbreaking startups that are showcasing products and services that aim to transform healthcare.

“The healthcare industry has an enormous potential to leverage innovative and disruptive technologies and strategies that are making it possible to deliver more intelligent, meaningful and affordable care,” said Jonathan Weiner, founder, chairman and CEO of HLTH. “HACKHLTH and the Startup Pitch competition are a couple of programs at HLTH 2018 that will allow HLTH participants to explore solutions for healthcare’s biggest pain points. Both programs are great ways to cultivate new ideas and create change where it matters most.”


HACKHLTH has gathered several leading healthcare companies to present challenges that will inspire participants to develop solutions that improve the healthcare ecosystem. Companies include:

  • Fitbit Health Solutions
  • Helix
  • OMNY
  • Redox
  • Softheon

Judges will review each solution on a 20-point scale with competitors battling for over $80,000 in prizes. The winning HACKHLTH team will then join HLTH’s Startup Pitch competition, presenting their solution through a three-minute pitch to investors, media and other stakeholders from the healthcare ecosystem. This pitch will determine if the team becomes a finalist, competing for the grand prize on Tuesday, May 8. Developers, designers and entrepreneurs that plan to participate in HACKHLTH are eligible to receive up to a $125 travel stipend. Learn more about how you can participate in HACKHLTH here.

Startup Pitch and Programs

The Startup Pitch competition, sponsored by Cedars-Sinai Accelerator powered by TECHSTARS, features 15 innovative early-stage companies that are redefining the healthcare space through their pioneering technologies, products and solutions. These companies will present their ideas to a panel of well-respected judges from the investment community. Two winners will be selected and win prizes totaling $50,000.

“We understand the importance of helping startups develop technology that empowers the patient or healthcare professional to better track, manage and improve health and healthcare delivery,” said Darren Dworkin, Chief Information Officer of Cedars-Sinai Accelerator powered by TECHSTARS. “We bring the expertise of leaders who are on the front lines of care every day and can provide thorough perspective to technology companies who are making real changes in the space. Through our partnership with HLTH, we bring this collaboration to life in the Startup Pitch competition.”

Startups at HLTH 2018 have a number of opportunities to become involved at the event. Our Funding Founders program will connect more than 75 leading healthcare investment firms with the most promising entrepreneurs. To see if you qualify for HLTH’s startup programs and learn more about how your startup can participate at HLTH, please visit HLTH here.

About HLTH

HLTH is the leading event for innovation in healthcare. It’s an unprecedented, large-scale forum for individuals, companies, and policymakers who are reshaping the healthcare industry to learn, collaborate and evolve. The event is unique in bringing together all key stakeholders, ranging from established payers, providers, employers and pharma services to disruptive startups and prolific investors, as well as representatives from government, media and analysts. By leading the development of a new industry dialogue and ecosystem, HLTH's mission is to drive substantial reductions in healthcare costs and dramatic increases in healthcare quality. HLTH takes place on May 6-9, 2018.

About Cedars-Sinai Accelerator

Launched in early 2016, the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Powered by Techstars is a collaboration to help today’s technology innovators turn their ideas into breakthroughs that can improve the lives of patients around the world.

In just the last two years, our first three classes graduated from the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Powered by Techstars and the outcomes were phenomenal. Since our program launched, we’ve welcomed 28 companies from 3 continents to our Innovation Space, and accelerated their ideas to product, and product to market.


Bethany Parker, 615-577-1131


Bethany Parker, 615-577-1131