InnovateNYP: Pediatric App Challenge

In Spring 2016 NewYork-Presbyterian hosted the InnovateNYP: Pediatric App Challenge, a ten week competition to develop applications, technologies, and games for pediatric patients and pediatric care providers. The Challenge began with a weekend-long Pediatric Appathon. Participants had the opportunity to compete in the Appathon, Challenge, or both. 

Components of the Competition:


  • Over the course of 30 hours, over 85 participants formed teams and developed ideas that used technology to improve the pediatric healthcare experience.
  • To begin the Appathon, participants saw presentations from the Family Advisory Councils of both the Komansky Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.
  • Throughout the weekend, NewYork-Presbyterian IT and clinical staff answered questions for the contestants. NewYork-Presbyterian also hosted in-person networking and educational events to support participants. 
  • Fifteen prototypes were submitted for review. 
  • Judges awarded a total of $10,000 in prizes. Read about the top three teams here


  • Each team developed a working prototype of a software application that uses data to advance pediatrics and what the healthcare community can offer younger patients. 
  • Each of the applications used Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) enabled data, which is the newest and easy-to-implement data standard for exchanging electronic health records.
  • The Challenge included 215 participants, who formed sixteen teams. 
  • On Demo Day, the five finalists presented their solutions in person to our panel. Judges awarded a total of $40,000 to the top three teams. Read about the winners here

Key Dates:

  • March 12th and 13th: Duration of the Appathon
  • March 14th through May 20th: Duration of the Challenge
  • June 9th: Demo Day