Hello designers, developers, changemakers, innovators, and health enthusiasts!
This spring, UC Berkeley and UCSF are hosting iHackHealth: the Bay Area’s first cross-bay Appathon! UCSF practitioners have proposed mobile app ideas to improve research, clinical practice, and patient care and education. UC Berkeley students are invited to form interdisciplinary teams to develop these mobile apps as iOS prototypes. During the three-week development phase, you will utilize Apple’s open-source tool kits and iOS developers will provide support. At the final event on March 4th, the first-place team will receive a personal tour of Apple Park in Cupertino, which is not open to the public. In addition, the top team will have the option to be fast-tracked into SkyDeck’s incubation process! Join us and learn new skills, add to your resume/portfolio, interact with industry professionals, and pitch your final ideas to innovative leaders at both universities!
- We are aware that some teams may not be full following the UnPitch event. If this is the case, feel free to invite your friends to join your team, and update bit.ly/IHHsignup accordingly. We would like this finalized this week.
- Resources, including the slides from the UnPitch event, can be found in the iHackHealth Resources folder.
- If your team does not have a Mac, MacBooks may be checked out from the UC Berkeley Library.
- If your team did not check out a watch at the UnPitch event and would like to use one, please email me: email@example.com.
As we announced previously, the Fung Institute will be hosting Build Days @ Shires Hall on 2/12, 2/20, 3/2. The Fung Institute will provide staff at Shires from 4-6pm on these days to help students with designing or planning their projects, but teams are welcome to stay after 6pm in the building for as long as they would like. Please note however that the doors to Shires Hall will close and lock at 6pm.
The first build day is this Wednesday, so come with your team and enjoy drinks and snacks while you work!
Zoom sessions with Mark and his team will begin this Friday! They will be held each Friday during the build period at 12pm (2/14, 2/21, 2/28). The link to each session will be sent out the day before by email. To help make these sessions as productive as possible for all teams, we ask that you submit any questions you have beforehand:
For the final event, we are asking you to present your app “prototype” to the judges and audience. As a part of this request we have received numerous questions about what we expect from each of you in regards to a prototype. Overall, we see the prototypes for each project to fall along a spectrum. On one end of this spectrum, the prototype may be an app with associated code running on an iOS device (iPhone or iPad) with buttons that transition to other views, with embedded videos, etc. At the other end of the spectrum may be an interactive keynote presentation showing how this app would be interactive for the user (there may be 5-10 slides in the presentation, with buttons on each slide and when you click on a button it takes you to another slide in the presentation). Somewhere in between these two options could be using an app like Sketch (or something similar), which provides a visual storyboard that elegantly displays how the user would interact with the app.
In other words, there is no one size fits all for our definition of a prototype. In the end we want you to show off what you have built over these past few weeks and to emphasize where you think this development could go next if you are the winning team.
On Wednesday March 4 from 5-7pm, there will be a judging event at UCSF (513 Parnassus Ave.) where teams will present their final deliverable to a panel of UC Berkeley and UCSF leaders, as well as Apple representatives. More information about the judges will be announced! From Berkeley, you can ride the BART to Montgomery SF station, and then take the N-Judah Muni, which will stop directly at UCSF.
This event is not mandatory for all team members, however, we would like the majority of your team to be there if possible. You will need to designate some members of your team to present your product to the judges.
The final event will be open to the public and will be catered! Invite your friends to come enjoy free food and hear about the work you’ve put in over the three week build period.
Each pitch will be allotted up to 5 minutes to present their app prototype. Keep in mind that we have a group of judges that will determine the best overall project (reference the rubric below) and none of these individuals have heard of the problem that you are trying to solve with the development of an app. We suggest that you develop a presentation that can succinctly describe the problem before the development phase (you could copy and paste a lot of the kickoff event material presented by UCSF PIs) and then the remaining portion of the presentation should be demoing the app itself to show why the software that was built is on the right path of solving this problem. You should also mention what additional content you would add to the app if your project is chosen as the winner. In our opinion, the ideal set up would be:
- Intro Slide (Project Title, Team Members and Dept/Majors)
- Problem description (1 minute slide presentation – UCSF)
- App demo (2-3 minutes live app demo – UC Berkeley Student)
- Future iterations (1 minute highlighting where/what this would look like in the app – UCSF or UC Berkeley Student)
These presentations should be done as a team, meaning that both the UCSF PI and at least one person from the Berkeley team should be presenting.
We randomly set the order for the final event to be as follows (with the number representing the proposal number):
- 12 – Meera Subash
- 5 – Sam Pak
- 11 – Raymond Guo
- 1 – Sandhya Kumar
- 2 – Sneha Oberoi / Jonathan Gao
- 8 – Michelle Klosterman
- 6 – Sondra Renly
- 9 – Malini Singh
- 3 – Jeffrey Sharon / Lauren Pasquesi
- 4 – Minali Nemani
- 13 – Schuyler Stoller
- 10 – Mitchell Feldman
The first-place team will receive an exclusive tour of Apple Park in Cupertino, which is not open to the public. In addition, the top team will have the option to be fast-tracked into the UC Berkeley SkyDeck accelerator.
Each category can be scored from 1-10 points for a total of 50 points.
- Demonstrated Consumer Need – Did the team articulate the societal impact of their solution? How well did the team address the needs of the person/user?
- Innovative Solution – How unique or novel is the team’s design to address the proposal? How impactful is their specific solution for their customer group? How well does the design answer the prompt? (In terms of technological, educational, design / artistic value.)
- Market Readiness – How refined is their prototype deliverable? (prototype development) How well does the team’s solution address the need outlined in the proposal?
- Effective use of Apple Frameworks – How well did the team implement Apple frameworks to support the development of their prototype?
- Overall Quality /Presentation – How did the team’s presentation come across in terms of quality of public speaking, visual communications and supporting materials used, and engagement with the audience?
RSVP: iHackHealth Appathon Pitch Event
If you have any questions, please contact anyone from the Appathon team: Julie McShane: firstname.lastname@example.org, Jennifer Mangold: email@example.com, or Derek Harmon: firstname.lastname@example.org