Health 2.0 Code-a-thons are live events that bring together top developers, designers, health care professionals and entrepreneurs to prototype innovative applications and tools to foster health and wellness.

Starting in 2010, we’ve helped teams assemble quickly around challenges and datasets to create magic. Participants eagerly garner insights from one another, speakers, and sponsors about datasets, APIs, and potential directions. Within 36 hours, teams have developed a concept and prototype. They pitch their prototypes to their peers and panels of expert judges. Our prizes, money and more, go to the best of the best.

For participants, code-a-thons are always a great way to meet like-minded innovators and sharpen skills under pressure. In a number of cases, these team go on to build their next venture around their early prototypes. Sponsor companies have gone on to work with teams to develop new products and discover new talent. See of one our most recent teams’ new venture here!

Hack GBM: Finding Support Solutions for Glioblastoma Community Challenges

Join Novocure, Health 2.0 and talented professionals working to improve health care in Chicago for an Ideathon to creative innovative approaches to supporting the GBM community.

What is an Ideathon?
An Ideathon is an event where teams of 3 - 4 will engage in brainstorming and developing concepts for novel solutions that will culminate in pitch presentations.

  • Total Prizes: $17,500
  • Deadline: May 29, 2015
  • Dates: May 28 - May 29

Helping Consumers and Policymakers Marshal the State of California’s Health Data Code-A-Thon

Drawing on all datasets available through CHHS’s Open Data Portal, this code-a-thon will focus on creating apps, visualizations, and other tools that can help these audiences better harness available data. The code-a-thon will award prizes in two categories:

Consumers: Harness and visualize datasets to equip consumers with the data they need to raise awareness about and inform the health choices they and their communities make.

  • Total Prizes: $20,000
  • Deadline: June 7, 2015
  • Dates: June 6-7, 2015

Health 2.0 Boston Code-A-Thon

Technology is advancing health care every day and now you can be a part of the movement. For this year’s Health 2.0 Boston Code-A-Thon, we have three exciting API tracks that you can participate in. Solutions must use at least one of the following API's to be considered for a prize.

Allscripts Track
Over the past decade, U.

  • Total Prizes: $3,000
  • Deadline: March 29, 2015
  • Dates: March 28 - March 29, 2015


Your task is to develop something meaningful. Solutions can be as a straightforward as a web/mobile app and as complex as software for an existing wearable device. Your solution may utilize information available from any number of sources but what matters most is the idea behind the tool.

Here’s what you’ll need to create to bring your idea to life:

Text description of the app or tool, including the need it meets and proposal for implementation (500 words or less)
Slide deck describing the application (10 slides or less in PDF format)
Wireframes or similar design layout
Functional prototype (for extra credit)

  • Total Prizes: $40,000
  • Deadline: February 6, 2015
  • Dates: February 6 - February 8, 2015

Health 2.0 SF Code-A-Thon

Technology is advancing health care every day and now you can be a part of the movement. For this year’s Health 2.0 San Francisco Code-A-Thon, we have two exciting API tracks that you can participate in.

Allscripts Track
Over the past decade, U.S. Healthcare expenditures have grown to become approximately 17% of GDP.

  • Total Prizes: $10,000
  • Deadline: September 21, 2014
  • Dates: September 20 - 21, 2014

The Nicholson Foundation & Rutgers Health Care Delivery Innovation Competition

Idea-thon 2014 is the first part of a three-part health care innovations competition, sponsored by The Nicholson Foundation in collaboration with Rutgers and Health 2.0. Over two days in October, inter-professional teams will come together to discuss and develop ideas to reduce health care costs and improve health outcomes of vulnerable populations in New Jersey. They will present their ideas to a panel of expert judges. A total of $15,000 will be divided among three winning teams.

  • Total Prizes: $15,000
  • Deadline: October 27, 2014
  • Dates: Oct 13, 2014 & Oct 27, 2014

Merck Social Health Hack

Registration is free but seating is limited. Be sure to reserve your seat today by registering here. We welcome developers, students, researchers, entrepreneurs, clinicians, patient advocates, informaticians, designers, consumers, community partners, public health prevention experts, data experts, public health providers, and anyone interested in creating a level of excitement that will drive continued community engagement far into the future.

  • Total Prizes: $10,000
  • Deadline: February 16, 2014
  • Dates: February 15 - 16, 2014

Harnessing Local Data to Help Prevent Four Major Diseases in San Diego County

This code-a-thon is co-sponsored by the California HealthCare Foundation and the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.


The purpose of this code-a-thon is to create mobile- and/or web-based visualization tools that allow policy makers and the general public to access understandable public health data at a community level, in order to support assessment, planning, decision making and behavioral change.

  • Total Prizes: $22,000
  • Deadline: February 23, 2014
  • Dates: February 22 - February 23, 2014