Startup Weekend Health Philadelphia

    Friday, April 8 - 10, 2016

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Health Philadelphia

Friday, April 8 - 10, 2016

Friday, April 8 - 10, 2016
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Wharton Student Life Center
2401 Walnut St
Floor 8
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Have you ever had an idea for improving health care?

Startup Weekend Health Philadelphia is your opportunity to transform your health care ideas into action in 54 hours.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas and then it's a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

You do not need to be a designer, coder, or even a healthcare professional to join - the only requirements are curiosity and your passion for making the world a better place. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

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Friday April 8th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday April 9th

10:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

11:00 am
Team check-in
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend. Call for help

12:30 pm

2:30 pm

5:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:00 pm

11:30 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday April 10th

10:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

11:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

11:30 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

12:30 pm

2:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

3:30 pm
Final Presentations

5:30 pm
Judging & Awards

6:00 pm
Clean and go home!

Event Judges

Joe Miller
Director of Strategy and Innovation, AmeriHealth Caritas

Joe Miller, FHIMSS,  has over 20 years experience in healthcare IT working in the provider, payer and government sectors.  He is currently Director of Strategy and Innovation at AmeriHealth Caritas  where he develops innovative solutions for the delivery of administrative and clinical information sharing  for  
health plans addressing  the needs of the underserved.  He has worked at the local and national levels on a wide range of industry topics including, health information exchange, 5010/ICD-10, and care 
collaboration.   He has been a participant and judge in previous Start-Up Weekends,  chaired the 2014 HIMSS Annual Conference Education,  is past chair of the HIMSS Financial Systems Committee, Co-Coordinator of the HIMSS/WEDI ICD10 Pilot Program and author of Implementing  the Electronic Health Record (HIMSS) and numerous other publications. He can be reached at 

Moe Rinkunas
Platform Director, Dreamit

Maureen (Moe) Rinkunas is Platform Director for Dreamit, where she crafts the experience for startups participating in Dreamit's accelerator cohorts. Over the past 15 years, Moe has worked with hundreds of teams at organizations of all sizes from startups to Fortune 500 companies to help them take ideas from conception to market. Most of her career has been focused on the health and education verticals, with a passion for helping bring disruptive technologies into these markets. Outside of work, she is a fan of maker fairs and startup weekends and was part of a non-profit that began after taking the top prize at Lehigh Valley Startup Weekend in 2013. She has both a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering as well as an MBA, all from Lehigh University.

Hector Torrens
Principal, Client Advisory Services

Hector Torrens is Welltok’s Principal for Client Advisory Services where he is responsible for ensuring client commitments are met and delivered to client expectations. Hector is a senior IT healthcare executive with deep experience leading large, integrated technology focused business teams. Prior to joining Welltok, Hector spent many years at Independence Blue Cross where he held a variety of roles including the Vice President of Solution Delivery, Senior Director of Operations Technology and Analytics, Senior Director of Strategy PMO, and Senior Director of Claims and Project Delivery. Previous to IBC, he worked as a strategic consultant for Anexinet, Alliance Consulting, and Accenture.Hector graduated Cum Laude from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree inChemical Engineering.

Raj Singh
CEO/Founder, Singh Ventures

Raj Singh is the CEO/Founder of an array of succesful companies launched within the past few years. He started his entrepreneurial journey in high school when he built a prosthetics company that he later sold. He then went on to found DroneCast, the largest drone advertising company in the world. Soon after he began working on his next ambitious project, NoMoCab, which aims to transform the ride-sharing industry. Along with the success emanating from the two projects, Mr. Singh is the chairman of Singh Ventures, a diversified holding company for all his investments, his investment fund, and all the ventures he is involved in. Through Singh Ventures he was able to manage his previous projects as well as continue to expand his entrepreneurial path in the form of digital interface services, in which clients who need branding, websites, and even mobile applications can work with Mr. Singh and his team in order to develop strong products to enter the marketplace. When he is not working on his other ventures, you can find him working as a volunteer EMT in his hometown or speaking at various events of entrepreneurship, drones, hackathons, and even the future of advertising. 

KJ Singh
Director - Techstars

KJ serves as the Director of Techstars, NYC.  In his current role, KJ sources and screens hundreds of startups as a member of the program's selection committee.  During the program, he advises companies on product/market fit, growth tactics, fundraising strategies and other strategic issues.  Prior to Techstars, KJ was a management consultant with Booz & Company in NYC.  Prior to that, he was an investment-banker with Redwood Capital Group, a NYC-based Technology, Media, Telecom focused boutique investment bank.  KJ started his professional career with JPMorgan and holds a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Coaches and Mentors

Eric King
Grand Round Table

Eric King is Co-founder and CEO of Grand Round Table, a Philadelphia based clinical decision support company out of the DreamIt Health inaugural class.  His company provides software embedded in the electronic health record that automatically alerts providers at the point-of-care of important patterns in clinical data helping them identify and manage patient’s illnesses faster and more systematically while slashing health care costs.  Eric is a Penn Alumnus, self-taught programmer, and former medical school student at Jefferson Medical college. He is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Fishtown.

Gary Cheung
Big Data Analytics, Cigna

Gary Cheung works in the big data analytics team at Cigna focused on building and improving the company’s Big Data platform. Prior to this, he was building out the initial data platform and reporting capabilities at LiveIntent, an ad tech startup. Gary hold’s a Masters in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics from the University of Pennsylvania with graduate research focused on evolutionary genomics. He has also participated in multiple startup weekends and various hackathons in the New York City and Philadelphia area. He is passionate about improving our current state of health care and using Big Data to solve important real world challenges. 

Harry Du
Head of Operations, Fitly

Harry Du is the head of operations at Fitly, a Dreamit Health 2013 company and the creator of SmartPlate, the world's first intelligent plate that instantly tracks and analyzes everything you eat. Prior to Fitly Harry has worked as a research analyst for CERN and the Oxford Martin School. He holds a master's degree in biotechnology from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in engineering science from the University of Oxford.

Ani Vemprala
CTO & Cofounder, PicWell

Ani Vemprala is CTO & Co-founder of Picwell. As CTO, Ani leads a team of talented software and data engineers developing Picwell's platform. Prior to Picwell, Ani led product and analytics teams at Adify, a Silicon-Valley online advertising startup acquired by Cox Enterprises for $300 million. He was responsible for growing the company's efforts in big data & machine learning to create new, data-driven advertising products. Ani has also held brief engineering and analytics roles at Twitter and Goldman Sachs. He has an MBA from The Wharton School, and a BA in Computer Science from UC Berkeley.

Archna Sahay
Director of Entrepreneurial Investment, City of Philadelphia

Archna currently serves as Director of Entrepreneurial Investment for the City of Philadelphia. She is responsible for business and economic development in the tech sector for the City. Archna also manages the City’s StartupPHL initiative which includes a $6 million fund investing in early stage ventures. As Director, Archna meets regularly with investors, entrepreneurs growing in or moving their businesses to the City, as well as with policymakers to ensure everything is being done to help businesses launch and scale efficiently in Philadelphia. Archna has developed and executed on several programs to establish Philadelphia globally as an Innovation Hub.

Priya Bhutani
Founder & CEO, RegDesk

Priya Bhutani is the Founder and CEO of RegDesk, startup that helps MedTech and Pharma companies with their biggest hurdle, which is regulatory and compliance. RegDesk has created a novel way for healthcare companies to obtain on-demand, real-time regulatory intelligence and global registrations in 180 countries 2x faster and 50% cheaper than all existing solutions.   Priya has over 10 years of experience in the medical device industry.  Priya started her career as a design engineer for a large medical device company.  Later she transitioned into regulatory affairs acting as a global regulatory consultant helping numerous companies launch their products worldwide.   Priya was an Alliance for Women Entrepreneurs Fellow for 2015.  She was the winner of Startup Weekend Health 2014.  Priya is a graduate of one of the top 3 Accelerator programs in the country, DreamIt Health Philadelphia (2014).    Priya holds an M.S. in Quality Assurance and Regulatory Sciences from Northwestern University where she won Distinguished Thesis Award. She also holds M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from University of Illinois with Honors and B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  

James Hill
Associate, Edison Partners

James Hill joined Edison as an Associate in 2013. James focuses on sourcing investments in Healthcare IT, and Enterprise 2.0. James has worked in the startup business environment and legal fields. He most recently worked for IBM on their Watson Solutions team focusing on business and product development utilizing Watson's Natural Language Processing. James is also a member of Michigan State University's Center for Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Entrepreneurial Finance and has participated in multiple projects for the board. BA, History, University of Wisconsin - Madison. MBA, Finance, Michigan State University - Eli Broad Graduate School of Management. JD, Corporate and Securities Law, Michigan State University - College of Law.

Tatum Farmer

A native of Allentown, PA, Tatum Farmer graduated with an undergraduate Honors degree in Computer Information Systems from Drexel University in 1997.  He also completed minors in Computer Science as well as World History and Politics.  Since graduation, Tatum has worked for IBM, PECO, and IBC, primarily specializing in UNIX.  He now manages the UNIX and Middleware Teams at Independence Blue Cross.  In 2012, Tatum competed in Independence's first corporate innovation challenge winning an innovation award with his team, Team WOW.  When he is not working Tatum enjoys discovering new music, watching fail videos, studying physics, and expanding his native plant garden.  Tatum will complete an MBA from LaSalle University in 2017.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Health Philadelphia team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Philadelphia is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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