Empire State Opioid Epidemic Innovation Challenge

September, 2018 – January, 2019 | #OpioidSolutionsNY

During the Empire State Opioid Epidemic Innovation Challenge September 28-30, innovators co-created solutions to curb the local and national opioid epidemic.

Join us for the #OpioidSolutionsNY Demo Day on January 31, 2019 as teams compete for $10K and six months of acceleration support in the CAMTech Accelerator Program (CAP).

TIMELINE
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Challenge Summit

Friday, September 28, 2018 (7:45 AM – 5:00 PM)

Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Center for Engineering and Physical Science Research

Columbia University Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

530 W. 120th Street, New York, NY 10027

Solutions Sprint

September 29 – September 30, 2018

Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Center for Engineering and Physical Science Research

Columbia University Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

530 W. 120th Street, New York, NY 10027

Demo Day

Thursday, January 31, 2019 (2:00 PM – 5:00 PM)

Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Center for Engineering and Physical Science Research

Columbia University Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

530 W. 120th Street, New York, NY 10027

Congratulations to the Winners of the Empire State Opioid Epidemic Innovation Challenge!

PRESS RELEASE

Team Random Access Network (RAN): Stephanie Campbell, Tim Cheney, Maureen Farrell, Richard Isaacs, Liya Lomsadze and Michael Rand received the $2,000 Empire State Opioid Epidemic Innovation Award for innovating a network that aims to change culture in EDs, standardize emergency department protocols for SUD and engage patients using peers and linkages to services.

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Team Quick Reversal: Asher Varon and Morgan Cambareri received the $1,000 CAMTech Innovation Award for innovating an intranasal patch that detects serious respiratory depression and automatically releases naloxone to prevent opioid overdose.

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Team Recover-We: Angela Kedzior, Carlee Hulsizer, Carol Michelle Hulsizer, George Chao, Gautham Harinarayan, Kevin Chen and Wendy Lin received the $1,500 Northwell Health Innovation Award for innovating real-time, personalized peer support that connects peers with local resources via integrated search engines.

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Team Addiction Recovery Kit (ARK): Avi Israel, Julie Israel, Linda Ventura, Ben Beck, Kara Rodecker, Ryan Donovan and Malory Johnson received $500 Opioid Epidemic Design Award for innovating an integrated kit that consolidates and streamlines existing prevention, treatment, and recovery tools.

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During the Empire State Opioid Epidemic Innovation Challenge, over 200 people attended the Challenge Summit and Solutions Sprint to identify unmet needs in the opioid epidemic and co-create solutions to address needs while competing for cash prizes$10K and acceleration support.

The Challenge Summit on September 28, 2018 convened clinicians, government representatives, public health experts, the private sector and affected community members to facilitate a discussion of challenges and provide critical insight into the opioid epidemic.

Following the Challenge Summit, the Solutions Sprint on September 29-30 served as an open-innovation platform for a diverse community to co-create innovations over a 48-hour period.

Innovators pitched 40 challenges related to the opioid epidemic and formed 12 cross-disciplinary teams to address those needs. Teams practiced pitches with 23 mentors before final presentations to a cross-disciplinary panel of judges including Steve Hanson of NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), Patrice Wallace-Moore of Armes Acres, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein of Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dr. Elizabeth Hillman of Columbia University School of Engineering, Udai Tambar of Northwell Health and Alan Batkin from the Board of Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

All 12 teams are eligible to compete for the $10K grand prize and 6 months of acceleration support at the Empire State Opioid Epidemic Demo Day.

TimeDescription
7:45 AM - 9:00 AMRegistration and Breakfast
9:00 AM - 9:10 AMWelcoming Remarks: Dr. Kristian Olson, CAMTech Director, Massachusetts General Hospital
9:10 AM - 9:20 AMMorning Keynote 1: James Oddo, Staten Island Borough President
9:20 AM - 9:35 AMMorning Keynote 2: Kathy Hochul, Lieutenant Governor of New York
9:35 AM - 9:50 AMMorning Keynote 3: Arlene González-Sánchez, OASAS Commissioner
9:50 AM - 10:05 AMMorning Keynote 4: Dr. Ram Raju, Senior Vice President and Community Health Investment Officer, Northwell Health
10:05 AM - 10:30 AMFireside Chat: Robert Kent, OASAS General Counsel; Dr. Hillary Kunins, Assistant Commissioner at New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Dr. Benjamin Bearnot, Massachusetts General Hospital (Moderator)
10:30 AM - 10:45 AMBreak
10:50 AM - 11:35 AMPanel 1 - Introduction to the Opioid Crisis, Progress, and Challenges: Dr. Anthony Ferreri, Health and Human Services Regional Director; Dr. Silvia Martins, Columbia School of Public Health; Michael McMahon, Staten Island District Attorney; Dr. Daliah Heller, CUNY School of Public Health; Pat Lincourt, OASAS
11:35 AM - 11:50 AMPersonal Story: Linda Ventura, Thomas' Hope Foundation
11:50 AM - 12:35 PMPanel 2 - Prevention: Udai Tambar, Northwell Health; Chris Ivanoski, CVS; Dr. Laura Ficarra, OASAS Director of Prevention Services; Joshua Vinciguerra
Director, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement at New York State Department of Health
12:35 PM - 12:50 PMPersonal Story: Avi Israel, Save the Michaels
12:50 PM - 1:30 PMLunch
1:35 PM - 2:20 PMPanel 3 - Treatment: Dr. Chinazo Cunningham, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Dr. Harshal Kirane, Northwell Health; Dr. Pia Mauro, Columbia University School of Public Health; Steve Hanson, OASAS; Raul Russi, Acacia Network
2:20 PM - 2:35 PMPersonal Story: Carlee Hulsizer, Friends of Recovery New York
2:35 PM - 2:55 PMAfternoon Keynote: Benjamin Tucker, First Deputy New York City Police Commissioner
2:55 PM - 3:35 PMInteractive Coffee Session: Challenge Identification
3:40 PM - 4:25 PMPanel 4 - Recovery: Gary Mendall, Shatterproof; Adam Barea, Google; John Tavolacci, Odyssey House

4:25 PM - 4:40 PMPersonal Story: Stephanie Campbell, Friends of Recovery New York
4:40 PM - 5:00 PMClosing Remarks: Dr. Kristian Olson, CAMTech Director

Saturday

TimeDescription
8:00 AM - 9:00 AMRegistration and Breakfast
9:05 AM - 9:15 AMWelcoming Remarks: Dr. Kristian Olson, CAMTech Director, Massachusetts General Hospital
9:15 AM - 9:30 AMMorning Keynote: Andrew Schwartz, GEMs Boxes
9:30 AM - 10:00 AMSolutions Sprint 101: An introduction to the Solutions Sprint model, expectations for the weekend and overview of the schedule
10:00 AM - 10:15 AMBusiness Model 101: Andrew Elkind, Northwell Health
10:15 AM - 11:00 AMPitching: All participants, mentors and speakers have an opportunity to present a challenge related to the opioid epidemic in 60 seconds or less
11:00 AM - 1:00 PMNetworking and Team Formation: Innovators self-assemble into cross-disciplinary teams
1:00 PM - 1:30 PMLunch
1:30 PM - 2:00 PMMentor Debrief: An overview of the mentoring process and expectations (mentors only)
1:30 PM - 6:00 PMHacking Commences: Participants finalize their teams and begin to develop their ideas, innovations and prototypes with mentor support. Hack Shop opens. Team registration link opens.
6:00 PM - 6:30 PMDinner
6:30 PM - 2:00 AMHacking Continues: Teams continue working and iterating through the evening
11:59 PMDeadline for Team Registration and Practice Pitch Sign-Ups: Teams must register their concepts online to be eligible to present on Sunday

Sunday

TimeDescription
8:00 AM - 2:00 PMDoors Open and Hacking Continues: Teams work with mentors to refine their ideas, develop prototypes and think through implementation models (optional start time for participants)
9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM - 12:00 PMPractice Pitch Sessions: Teams prepare their final presentations
12:00 PMLunch
1:00 PMJudges Debrief: Judges convene to discuss evaluation process (judges only)
2:00 PM - 4:30 PMFinal Presentations: Teams deliver 3-minute final presentations and 2-minute Q&A with judging panel
4:30 PM - 5:00 PMJudge Deliberation, Feedback Session, and Next Steps: Participants and mentors share feedback with event organizers and learn about post-Solutions Sprint opportunities
5:00 - 6:00 PMPrizes and Closing Remarks

Speakers

Dr. Kristian Olson, CAMTech Director

Staten Island Borough President James Oddo

Kathy Hochul, Lieutenant Governor of New York

Dr. Ram Raju, Northwell Health

Arlene González-Sánchez, OASAS Commissioner

Dr. Hillary Kunins, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Robert Kent, OASAS General Counsel

Dr. Benjamin Bearnot, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Anthony Ferreri, Health and Human Services Regional Director

Dr. Silvia Martins, Columbia School of Public Health

Michael McMahon, Staten Island District Attorney

Dr. Daliah Heller, CUNY School of Public Health

Pat Lincourt, NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)

Linda Ventura, Thomas’ Hope Foundation

Udai Tambar, Northwell Health

Chris Ivanoski, CVS

Dr. Laura Ficarra, OASAS Director of Prevention Services

Joshua Vinciguerra, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement at New York State Department of Health

Avi Israel, Save the Michaels

Dr. Chinazo Cunningham, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Harshal Kirane, Northwell Health

Dr. Pia Mauro, Columbia University School of Public Health

Steve Hanson, NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)

Raul Rossi, Acacia Network

Carlee Hulsizer, Friends of Recovery New York

Benjamin Tucker, First Deputy New York City Police Commissioner

Gary Mendell, Shatterproof

Adam Barea, Google

John Tavalacci, Odyssey House

Stephanie Campbell, Friends of Recovery New York

Andrew Schwartz, GEMs Boxes

Mentors

Cole Jorissen, Rhode Island School of Design

Charlotte McCurdy, Rhode Island School of Design

Allegra Schorr, Coalition of Medication Assisted Treatment Providers and Advocates

Dr. Sara Abiola, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Dr. Pam Factor-Litvak, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Dr. Silvia Martins, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Dr. Kellie Bryant, Columbia University School of Nursing

Avi Israel, Save the Michales of the World

Dr. Simita Mishra, Northwell Health

Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, Northwell Health

Jeffrey Yim, Northwell Health

Kevin Goldston, Northwell Health

Kim Humby, Northwell Health

Andrew Elkind, Northwell Health

Robert Kent, NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)

Dr. Laura Ficarra, OASAS Director of Prevention Services

Pat Lincourt, NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)

Zoraida Diaz, NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)

Maria Morris, NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)

Trisha Schell-Guy, NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)

Dr. Charles Neighbors, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA)

Srishti Mirchandani Gallagher, Oxeon Venture Group

Chad Putman, New Choices Recovery

Jeremy Klemanski, Helio Health

Zachary Siegel, Freelance Tech Journalist

Prizes

Empire State Opioid Epidemic Innovation Award: $2,000

Northwell Health Innovation Award: $1,500

CAMTech Innovation Award: $1,000

Judges

Steve Hanson, NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Elizabeth Hillman, Columbia University Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

Udai Tambar, Northwell Health

Patrice Wallace-Moore, Arms Acres

Alan Batkin, Co-Chair of the Board of the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health

Judging Criteria

CategoryDescription of Category
Public Health or Clinical NeedFocuses on a significant unaddressed public health or clinical need. This innovation demonstrates potential for addressing a significant component of the identified need.
Clear Problem StatementClear understanding of the problem statement; well-dissected problem statement.
Technology InnovationOffers new and creative process or technology solution (‘better/faster/cheaper’). Provides convincing rationale for why this unique approach has the potential to work (if not already developed). Addresses significant process or technical issues relevant for the users and implementation setting.
Sustainable Business Model & Plan Moving ForwardIdentifies clear model to build and sustain business strategy. Feasible to partner with organizations to disseminate technology/process. Clear plan for the next 60 days - what does the team intend to do?
TeamBrings cross-disciplinary expertise in technology development, clinical medicine, social sciences, business/implementation, and/or other relevant skill sets. Incorporates end-user input/feedback.
PitchDemonstrates the prototype or solution effectively. Clearly articulates the problem the process, communication strategy, or technology proposes to address.

Questions about the Empire State Opioid Epidemic Innovation Challenge? Contact Nicholas Diamond at ndiamond@mgh.harvard.edu.