Discover, engage, and build with us at Building for Digital Health 2021 from February 1st-7th. This free, virtual event features a series of 90-min tech talks and a 3-day hackathon. The event is organized by MIT Hacking Medicine in partnership with Google Cloud and supported by Apple Health. 

Come learn from Apple Heath and Google Cloud engineers. Discover the capabilities of open source frameworks like Stanford’s CardinalKit using Google Cloud infrastructure. We will discuss advancements in digital health through speaker events, tech talks and tutorials. Meet people with diverse backgrounds and learn to apply problem-centered design thinking with MIT Hacking Medicine. Prizes will be offered including funding in Google Cloud credits, mentorship and guidance opportunities, swag and more.

No matter your background — student, engineer, healthcare provider, designer, entrepreneur, patient, etc — we welcome you to join.


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TECH TALKS (February 1-5)

Tune in at 12-1:30 PM EDT daily during the week to hear from a diverse set of speakers. Tech Talks will be livestreamed on the MIT Hacking Medicine YouTube channel. Registered participants will receive access to the livestreams and the Discord invite to send questions for the speakers. 

Tech talks will be moderated by Aditi Joshi, Security & Privacy Engineering, Google Cloud.


Prof. Rob Huckman
Harvard Business School, Faculty Chair of HBS Healthcare Initiative

Dr. Amar Gupta
Transformative Use of Telemedicine

Laura Manley
Executive Director, Technology and Public Purpose Project, Harvard Kennedy School

Colonel Merbin Carattini
National Security Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School

Grahame Grieve
Father of FHIR
FHIR standard mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act


Come learn about the history of healthcare data interoperability with Dr. Ken Mandl and about Apple Health’s HealthKit (FHIR integration), CareKit, ResearchKit with the Apple Team. 

Dr. Ken Mandl
Director, Boston Children’s Health | Professor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Ricky Bloomfield
Clinical and Health informatics Lead, Apple Health

Amy Ballard
Senior Software Engineer, Apple Health

Erik Hornberger
iOS Engineer, Apple Health

Gavi Rawson
iOS Engineer, Apple Health



Stanford CardinalKit is an open source framework that uses Apple iOS as frontend and Google Cloud as backend for digital health research and applications. Come learn from the Stanford Biodesign team about a suite of tools to build your digital health experience from the ground up, from the app itself to securely storing and analyzing collected data in the cloud.

Stanford Biodesign CardinalKit Team

Dr. Oliver Aalami

Dr. Oliver Aalami
Cardiovascular Surgeon | Director of Digital Health, Stanford Biodesign



Prepare for a cloud-first workplace. Grow your career, startup, or business with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. Learn more at

Google Firebase, Google Cloud Healthcare API, Google Cloud NLP API, Google Cloud Healthcare Data Protection Toolkit, Google Cloud ML capabilities

Google Firebase Team

Google Cloud Healthcare and Life Sciences Team



Google Fit API Team

Google Firebase

Common Health
Android app for Health Records by The Commons Project, a non-profit funded by the Rockefeller Foundation

Prof. Ariel Stern
Associate Professor, Harvard Business School
“Future of Healthcare Delivery in a Post-Covid World”

HACKATHON (February 5-7)

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Joe Corkery
Director of Product, Google Cloud Healthcare & Life Sciences

Dr. Justin Larkin
Partner, Bio, Andreessen Horowitz

Dr. David Hindin
Clinical Faculty & Surgeon, VA Palo Alto | Former Stanford Biodesign Fellow

Mayank Upadhyay
Distinguished Engineer, Google Cloud Security & Privacy Engineering

Ruchika Singhal
VP, Global Health & Medtronic Labs

Shwen Gwee
VP/Head of Global Digital Strategy, Bristol Myers Squibb | MIT Hacking Medicine Alumni/Advisor

Hackathon Themes

A detailed participant handbook will be released closer to the event. All hackathon projects should be new ideas that are pitched and started at the hackathon. On the first day, participants will have the opportunity to pitch problems for teams to form around in one of the following broad themes:

  • Education and Prevention 
  • Monitoring and Diagnosis
  • Personalized Treatment
  • Management and Use of Health Data 

Tentative Hackathon Schedule (All times in EST)

Friday, February 5
6:30 – 8:30 PM: Opening Ceremony
8:45 – 10:00 PM: Problem Pitching
10:00 PM: Team Formation

Saturday, February 6
Google engineers will be available along with a diverse cohort of mentors representing technical, clinical, and business expertise.

10:00 AM: Team Formation Soft Deadline
12:00 PM: Team Registration Hard Deadline
12:00 PM: Tech Talk – SMART Markers Framework developed at Boston Children’s Health
3:30 – 4:00 PM: How to Pitch Workshop
7:00 – 10:00 PM: Practice Pitching by Appointment

Sunday, February 7
12:00 PM: Pitch Submissions Due
4:00 – 5:00 PM: Closing Ceremony


Jessica Xu

Event Co-Lead | MIT Hacking Medicine | MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering

Aditi Joshi

Event Co-Lead | Google Cloud | Security & Privacy Engineering

Julia Situ

Event Co-Lead | MIT Hacking Medicine | MIT Department of Computer Science & Department of Biology

Stephanie Hu

Co-Director | MIT Hacking Medicine | MIT Department of Computer Science

Amar Gupta

Event Faculty Advisor | MIT CSAIL

Afeefah Khazi Syed

Team | MIT Hacking Medicine | MIT Department of Biological Engineering

Vainavi Mukkamala

Team | MIT Hacking Medicine | MIT Department of Biological Engineering