Lyme Innovation is a partnership between the Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network/Harvard Medical School Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Bay Area Lyme Foundation, MIT Hacking Medicine, and the Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation, State Street Capital and Project Lyme. The purpose of Lyme Innovation is to solve critical prevention, diagnostic, and treatment and rehabilitation challenges facing the Lyme disease field, and to encourage diverse researchers to take on these wicked problems.
The 2017 Lyme Innovation Hackathon is a two-day event beginning at 9:00am on Saturday, October 21 and ending at 2:00pm Sunday, October 22. At the end of the weekend, each of the top five teams will be awarded $5,000 in prize money. No prior Lyme disease research experience is necessary. After learning about Lyme disease through lightening speeches, innovative multidisciplinary teams will form and gather to propel the Lyme disease field to the next level. Each team will have access to an extensive group of mentors, each of whom is a nationally recognized leader in Lyme research or treatment, and will work on an important project that addresses one of the top Lyme disease challenges.
Participants in the 2017 Lyme Innovation Hackathon will focus on developing solutions in the following critical areas:
► The incubation of an accurate diagnostic that is Federally approved for use & detects Bb infections/exposure with 90%+ accuracy for all stages of Lyme disease.
► The development of effective medical treatment options for late-stage Lyme/PTLDS that lead to functional cures in patients with symptoms for greater than 12 months.
A grant from the Bay Area Lyme Foundation makes Lyme Innovation possible. We hope you will join us in hacking Lyme disease! #lymeinnovation