Lyme Innovation 2017 Hackathons

Momentum continued with the 2017 Lyme Innovation hackathon advancing the same mission: to solve critical prevention, diagnostic, and treatment and rehabilitation challenges facing the Lyme disease field by bringing together diverse researchers and scientists in a hackathon environment.” The Bay Area Lyme Foundation again sponsored Lyme Innovation 2017, which was co-organized by the VA, MIT Hacking Medicine, and Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network/Harvard Medical School Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Approximately 100 diverse participants convened in Boston, MA, for this two-day hackathon.

Lyme Innovation 2017 Winners

  • Priority categories included:

Diagnostics. Treatment.

  • Winning teams each received $5,000 to kickstart projects, emphasizing science innovation and data-driven insights for research:
    • $5,000 for CRISPR for tick-borne disease diagnosis.
    • $5,000 for gold tagging technology for direct detection diagnosis.
    • $5,000 for mass spectrometry and nanoparticles for Lyme disease diagnosis.
    • $5,000 for optimizing clinical trial development for therapeutic regimens that may offer hope for patients experiencing post-treatment Lyme disease.
    • $5,000 for symptom-tracking and patient-outcome tools to help researchers to assess alternative therapies, specifically hyperbaric oxygen treatment and stem cell transplants coupled with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG).