2015 Hack Cancer

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October 2-3, 2015

Hack Cancer 2015 focused on developing innovative new technologies to solve diagnostic issues related to cancer care. This specific event will involve the development of prototypes, software, and ideas at the event by the participants. The event is aimed towards the research community at large – including students, clinicians and public health practitioners from academia, and industry – to engage a multidisciplinary audience to develop creative healthcare solutions. Participants will spend 24 hours together working and building, researching and discussing new technologies with experts and innovators. The event addresses the prototyping, training and clinical needs assessment aims of the Center for Future Technologies in Cancer Care. Specifically, participants will take a current issue in cancer care that needs to be addressed and then provided with time, space, and equipment to develop prototypes to address these healthcare issues. Participants will work in a team environment to encourage interdisciplinary learning and training. A week following the event, teams that have developed the most promising, creative, and suitable solution to a cancer care problem will be rewarded with a prize and given the option to further develop their ideas in the Prototyping Alpha Core with the support of the CFTCC.

2015 Winners

$1500 Cash Prize and 1 Year of Alpha Core Access

My Risk Factor

$1000 Cash Prize


$500 Cash Prize

iC Cancer

$500 Cash Prize

iC Cancer



LIVESTRONG’s mission is to improve the lives of people affected by cancer now. Since 1997, we’ve helped cancer patients, survivors and caregivers with their practical, physical and emotional needs through our cancer support services. Their voices shape our programs and partnerships and push us to find new and innovative solutions to the day-to-day challenges they face. At LIVESTRONG, we believe that the patient comes first, and our community of bold and brave survivors, advocates and leaders is what drives us to fight harder each day to transform how cancer care is delivered.


The Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) is a global network of academic, clinical, corporate, government and implementation partners based at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Global Health. CAMTech’s mission is to build entrepreneurial capacity and accelerate medical technology innovation to improve health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). CAMTech’s approach enables co-creation where innovators across public health, engineering, and business engage with LMIC end-users to develop disruptive and life-saving medical technologies. CAMTech supports technologies that are technologically innovative, have the potential for widespread public health impact and show promise for commercial viability in LMIC markets. CAMTech currently operates programs in N. America (USA), South Asia (India) and East Africa (Uganda) and offers a global online platform.

For more information visit: www.mghcgh.org/camtech


Facing Cancer Together is a Newton-based non-profit organization offering people with cancer and their family members support, education and wellness programming free of charge. Please visit our website.

Eric Stout

Stout HeadshotEric Stout, a Connecticut native who calls Boston home, is a two-time cancer survivor. Diagnosed with testicular cancer at age 28 Eric spent nearly a year battling his disease. During that time he found great inspiration and support from the Livestrong Foundation. Now, healthy and prospering, he is dedicated to promoting the importance of men’s health and support for cancer patients both locally and beyond.

Professionally, Eric is a Construction Project Manager for Simon Property Group. He is currently managing $25 million in renovations at Copley Place and will be overseeing the construction of the upcoming 52 story residential tower at Copley Place.

Stephan Anderson

Anderson_Stephan-2-5x3-5Stephan Anderson, MD, is an Associate Professor of Radiology at Boston University Medical Center (BUMC), Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Anderson serves as the Chief of the Abdominal Imaging section and the Director of Computed Tomography in the Department of Radiology at BUMC. His clinical interests include hepatobiliary, gastrointestinal, and trauma imaging. Dr. Anderson’s research pursuits include liver and trauma imaging, as well as the application of microtechnologies to biomedicine.

Facing Cancer Together Panel

FullSizeRender (1)Jeff is a two-time cancer survivor and a lifelong entrepreneur. Jeff recently launched Cancer Wellness TV (http://www.cwellness.com), an online video platform featuring cancer complementary therapies and nutritional content. He came up with the Cancer Wellness TV concept while recovering from his latest bout with colon cancer in 2013. His life is now dedicated to wellness: both in his own recovery and helping others discover their own path to recovery. It is his mission to see that every cancer patient, survivor, caregiver and health professional has free access to complementary cancer therapies and information. “I know first-hand how these therapies can make a difference in one’s life. The fact that most people don’t have free access to these services, in my opinion, is not right. I created Cancer Wellness TV to break down these barriers and make a real difference in the fight against cancer.” Prior to Cancer Wellness TV, Jeff was the founder and president of School-fundraisers.com and various entrepreneurial endeavors. Jeff also writes for the Huffington Post and for health-related websites, covering cancer, wellness, fatherhood and business-related issues.


I have my Master’s in Social Work from Boston College and have worked with individuals with disabilities for 30 + years.  I am currently the Executive Director of the Spina Bifida Association of Greater New England.  I have 2 children ages 22 and 17, love the beach and warm weather vacations.

I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer in September 2011 and with Metastatic Breast Cancer in August 2013.  I receive treatment every 3 weeks at Dana Farber and take medication each evening.


01:00 PM Check-in and Arrival
01:30 PM Opening Talk, Sharon Wong, PhD, Alpha Core Director @ CFTCC
01:45 PM Eric Stout, Livestrong
02:15 PM Stephan Anderson, MD, Boston University Medical Center
03:00 PM Networking and Build your Teams!
03:30 PM Idea Spitfire Session
03:45 PM Panel with Facing Cancer Together
04:30 PM Teams Should start developing Products
06:00 PM Dinner (provided) and EPIC Machines Close
12:00 AM EPIC Closes

06:00 AM EPIC Opens
05:00 PM Submission
05:05 PM Presentations
06:45 PM Closing Remarks, Sharon Wong
07:00 PM Hackathon Ends