Hacking Dermatology aims to shine a spotlight on precision medicine + dermatology. This initiative provides innovators with a framework + challenge areas to enable them to actualize ideas and projects.
PROCESS IN DETAIL
Step 1: Frame When/Where: early 2019, virtual Public Challenge Statement Development
Step 2: Hack When/Where: September 13-15, 2019/District Hall, Boston, MA How: The experts are invited to be mentors and the top challenge areas are presented to hackathon participants. Teams of hackers, coming from diverse scientific, business, and other backgrounds, formulate solution driven projects in response to the challenge areas. At the end of this 3-day event, teams present proposals to a panel of judges. The top 5 teams are awarded seed funding to continue working on their ideas.
Step 3: Incubate When/Where: September – December 2019 at Virtual + Cambridge, MA How: The top 5 teams will have three months to polish their ideas and develop serious proposals.During this period they will be supported by mentorship and resources as needed. They will also have access to HMi’s network of professional services and innovation experts. After this incubation period, the teams will present their flushed out proposals to a panel of judges in early 2020.
Step 4: Extend When: February 2020 – July 2020 How: The top 3 teams will be entered into HMi’s extended incubation program, in which they will receive additional mentorship and access to scientific and startup resources. As part of this program, HMi requires teams to submit frequent reports on progress. This creates an environment of support and proactiveness and ensures that teams maintain momentum and achieve goals.
Step 5: To Market When: July 2020 and beyond How: As ideas and projects mature, HMi will guide teams from research to commercialization. This departure point may lead teams to enter external accelerators. Other teams may be connected to investors and other resources for early stage companies.