PM DesignHack 2019
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Competition Details

The Preventive Medicine DesignHack 2019 is a multi-round competition. Participants will form teams and work together to develop an idea and submit a short, narrated PowerPoint. If qualifying for the next rounds, teams will revise proposals and prepare additional details according to the competition timeline.


We recommend each team to have at least one ACPM member but this is not a requirement. The team leader does not have to be an ACPM member. If you do not already know a likely collaborator, please contact the competition organizers to connect you with an ACPM member.

Team members can be students (undergraduate or graduate), postdocs, fellows, residents, faculty, or professionals from the community and technical industry.

We encourage teams to recruit members with different perspectives. Notably this includes inviting team members with technical and business backgrounds, and depending on the topic of interest, those with clinical preventive medicine, population health, and/or health system backgrounds. If you do not have specific individuals in mind, identify the expertise and skillsets you’ll need for the project, and competition organizers can work to pair you with the appropriate individuals should your proposal be selected for Round 2.


Please note that the Round 1 submission deadline has passed. We are no longer accepting new entries.

Those already entered in the contest can review the project timeline for details about future deadlines, expectations and submission requirements.



As part of Round 3, at least one member from each team must attend the in-person meeting at Prevention 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA, on May 19, 2019. For the teams with ACPM members, the ACPM member is required to attend the conference. Other non-ACPM members are required to be available for completing each round of the competition.

At least one team member (ACPM member if applicable) should also be available to give a live pitch to the judges and meeting attendees on May 21, 2019.


Project proposals will be reviewed by a team of judges with expertise and background in clinical preventive medicine, population health, healthcare system development, health IT/ informatics, and innovation. Judges will select which teams/proposals will advance to the next rounds, and evaluate the live pitch presentations on May 21, 2019, at Prevention 2019.

Proposals will be judged based on the criteria outlined in the Competition Judging Criteria document, and includes the following areas:

ACPM conference attendees will also have the option to review all the pitches online (through the meeting website and app) and cast their vote for the best pitch before the final day. Voting will require conference registration and will be limited to one vote per attendee.


Teams selected to participate in Round 3 will give a live pitch presentation to a panel of judges and meeting attendees. Judges will distribute a tiered set of awards to select finalists, from $5,000 to $20,000. One award of $5,000 will be awarded to the top presentation as voted on by meeting attendees.

Awards will be used for direct costs and project management support to help execute a 12-month project and to take the team’s solution one step further along the path of development.

Terms and Conditions

Intellectual Property – The intellectual property rights of projects derived from the winning submissions will be addressed by written agreement of all involved parties prior to award of any prize.

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