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. 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.

Lyme Innovation is comprised of three events: synergistic mini hackathon events at MIT and UC Berkeley, on April 16, are designed to educate and energize teams on both coasts. These will lead to a full three-day hackathon on June 17-19, at the Microsoft Nerd Center in Cambridge, MA. Prizes will be awarded at all events to top teams as judged by a panel of innovation, business, and Lyme disease experts. Monetary and Recognition awards will be given to individuals and teams with compelling project ideas at the April events. Preliminary awards will be given at the end of the June hackathon, and teams will have two months to further develop their research proposals. These will be presented to a panel of judges in September 2016 at the Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness Annual Research Consortium, and the top teams will be awarded grants to continue their projects.

The Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness Annual Research Consortium will be held in September 2016 at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital/Harvard Medical School Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Boston, MA.

A grant from the Bay Area Lyme Foundation makes Lyme Innovation possible. We hope you will join us in hacking Lyme disease! #lymeinnovation