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Healthcare's Grand H@ckfest starts now

Zen Chu

As part of the Kauffman-sponsored Energizing Health Collaboration Series, we've turned over eMed to Guest Editor Zen Chu, the chief architect for the Boston leg of the collaboration conference and an entrepreneur in residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Here's Zen's latest contribution in his role as eMed Guest Editor.

Healthcare's Grand H@ckfest, a collaboration between the Kauffman Foundation and MIT's H@cking Medicine, kicks off tonight in Boston. The weekend "hackathon of hackathons" brings together entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, and other professionals to "hack" some of healthcare's biggest pain points. The goal? Launch disruptive healthcare businesses.

The Grand H@ckfest will follow the innovative H@cking Medicine model. But for the first time ever, industry leaders will be on hand to accelerate business ideas into sustainable solutions for diabetes, telehealth, hospital IT, and more. To get a sense of the process, here are a few hackathon dos and don'ts:


  • Seek diverse teams
  • Reach out for help
  • Fail fast and change (iterate)
  • Focus on your problem
  • Get out of the building


  • Worry about patenting
  • Discuss ownership
  • Develop too broad of a solution
  • Be negative
  • Monopolize the conversation

Throughout the weekend, eMed will report live from the hackathon. Follow the Twitter hashtag #grandhackfest for real-time updates.

This event is the first in the Kauffman Foundation’s six-city Energizing Health Collaboration Series.

Other eMed posts by Zen Chu:

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