Opioid Epidemic Challenge Summit and Hack-a-thon

Congratulations GEMs Boxes! $10k Post Hack-a-thon Award Winner

CAMTech and the GE Foundation awarded $10k to GEMs Boxes, a life-saving supply kiosk for people suffering opioid overdoses during the Opioid Epidemic Post Hack-a-thon Award Presentations.

The event, held January 24th at MGH, invited participants from the hack-a-thon in September to showcase the progress they have made on their solutions addressing prevention, treatment and recovery for opioid use disorders. The award includes funding to help move the innovation further to market as well as six-months of acceleration support from the CAMTech Accelerator Program.

About the Opioid Challenge Summit and Hack-a-thon

As the opioid addiction crisis continues to escalate across Massachusetts and the U.S., the GE Foundation and CAMTech and MGH Global Medicine Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Global Health convened over 220 global health innovators and experts at District Hall in Boston at the Opioid Epidemic Challenge Summit and Hack-a-thon. The event, held September 9-11th at District Hall in Boston, challenged participants to create health innovations that can address the prevention, treatment and recovery of opioid addiction. Click here to read the full event report.

Challenge Summit and Hack-a-thon Keynote Speakers

Chris Herren, The Herren Project

Michael Botticelli, Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

Govenor Charlie Baker, State of Massachusetts

Megan Smith, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy

Check out the winners!

Participants from a wide variety of backgrounds and skill sets pitched over 70 problems from the field, formed cross-disciplinary teams and presented 18 innovations. A total of five $1,000 prizes were given to winning teams in the following categories:

  • The Innovation Award: Team RxReturn – a notification system that reminds patients to dispose of expired medications through label, light, and text messages.
  • The Anti-Stigma Award: Team Ally – a social innovation that de-stigmatizes opioid use and enables community responders to make naloxone quickly available when and where it is needed.
  • The Tech Solution Award: Team ReadyACCESSviaSMS – an anonymous, SMS-based system that increases access to life-saving resources and information.
  • The Treatment On-Demand Award: Team MATmobile – a mobile van with treatment-ondemand for those struggling with opioid use disorder.
  • The Community Building Award: Team The 3rd Place – a meeting and activity space that acts as a “hub” for those in recovery and offers a safe, welcoming environment.

In addition, the GE Foundation will award $10,000 to the team that makes the most progress 90 days after the hack-a-thon, along with business acceleration support through the CAMTech Innovation Platform.

Friday, September 9, 2016
7:45-8:15 AMRegistration/Breakfast
8:15-9:00 AMWelcoming Remarks

Dr. Geren Stone (Director, MGH Global Medicine)
Ann Klee (President, GE Foundation)
Dr. Katrina Armstrong (Chair, MGH Department of Medicine)
Governor Charlie Baker (State of Massachusetts)
9:05-10:05 AMPanel:Scope of the Problem
Personal Story: Joanne Peterson (Founder and Executive Director, Learn to Cope)

Moderator: Dr. Sarah Wakeman, (Medical Director, MGH Substance Use Disorder Initiative)
Colleen Labelle (Program Director, BU Office Based Opioid Treatment Buprenorphine Program)
Dr. Monica Bharel (Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health)
Dr. Jeffrey Samet (Chief, BU General Internal Medicine Professor of Medicine & Public Health)
10:05 AM-10:20 AMCoffee Break
10:20 AM-11:20 AMPanel: Community/Public Health Innovations & Challenges, Prevention, Laws/Law Enforcement
Personal Story: Jack Kelly (Founder and CEO, iRecover)

Moderator: Monica Valdes-Lupi (Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission)
Brian Larkin (Lieutenant Detective, Boston Police Department Drug Control Unit)
Jody Rich (Director, Brown University Center for Prisoner Health & Human Rights)
Leo Beletsky (Northeastern Professor of Law)
11:25 AM-12:25 PMPanel: Novel Strategies for Overdose Prevention & Response
Personal Story: Maia Szalavitz (Journalist & Author of The Unbroken Brain)

Moderator: Dr. Alex Walley, (Medical Director, Boston Public Health Commission Opioid Treatment Program)
Sarah Mackin (Program Manager, AHOPE Needle Exchange Program)
Dr. Jessie Gaeta (Chief Medical Officer, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program)
Dr. Traci Green (Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, BU School of Medicine)
12:30-1:00 PMLunch
1:05-2:05 PMPanel: Approaches to Clinical Care, Treatment & Recovery
Personal Story: Paul Bowman, Chapter Head of the National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery

Moderator: Dr. Jim Gessner (President, Mass Medical Society)
Dr. Miriam Komaromy (Associate Director, Project ECHO)
Dr. Emma Stanton (Associate Chief Medical Officer, Beacon Health)
Dr. Colleen Barry (Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy Research)
2:10-3:10 PMInteractive Workshop: Challenge Identification & Prioritization
All Participants
3:15-3:45 PMKeynote Speech:
Introduction: Hon. Judge John E. McDonald, Jr. (East Boston Municipal Court First Chief Justice)
Chris Herren (The Herren Project)
3:45-4:45 PMKeynote Speech/Fireside Chat:
Michael Botticelli (Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy)
Megan Smith (U.S. Chief Technology Officer, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy)
4:45-5:00 PMClosing Remarks
5:00-7:00 PMInnovation Showcase & Networking Reception
Saturday, September 10, 2016
8:00-9:00 AMRegistration, Breakfast
9:00-10:15 AMWelcoming Remarks
Elizabeth Bailey (Director, CAMTech)
Dr. David Barash (Chief Medical Officer and Executive Director, Global Health, GE Foundation)
Marylou Sudders (Secretary, Massachusetts Health & Human Services)
Pat Daoust (Interim Director, MGH Global Health, MGH Global Nursing)
10:15-10:45 AMOpioid Epidemic Challenge Summit Recap: An overview of the most pressing challenges in need of innovative approaches
Dr. Kris Olson (Medical Director, MGH CAMTech)
10:15-11:00 AMHacking 101: An introduction to the hack-a-thon model, expectations for the weekend and overview of the schedule
Alexis Steel (Program Manager, MGH CAMTech)
11:00 AM-11:15 AMCoffee Break
11:15 AM-1:00 PMPitching Challenges: All participants, mentors and speakers have an opportunity to present a CHALLENGE (in 60 seconds or less) related to the opioid epidemic
1:00 PMLunch/Networking: Participants self-assemble into cross-disciplinary teams
1:30-2:00 PMMentor Debrief (Mentors Only): An overview of the mentoring process and expectations
2:00 PM-6:00 PMHacking Commences: Participants finalize their teams and begin to develop their ideas, innovations and prototypes, with mentor support.
6:00 PM - 1:30 AMHacking Continues: Teams continue working and iterating through the evening (all teams must vacate building by 1 AM)
11:59 PMDeadline for Team Registration: Formed teams must register their concepts online to be eligible to present on Sunday!
Sunday, September 11, 2016
6:00 AM-2:00 PMHacking Continues (optional start time for participants): Teams work with mentors to refine their ideas, develop prototypes and think through implementation models.
9:00 AM Breakfast
11:00 AM-12:00 PMPractice Pitch Sessions: Teams prepare their final presentations with mentors.
12:00 PMLunch
12:30 PMJudges' Debrief (Judges Only): Judges convene to discuss evaluation process.
2:00-5:00 PMFinal Presentations: Teams deliver 3-minutes final presentations to judging panel.
5:00-5:30 PMFeedback Session & Next Steps: Participants and mentors can share feedback with event organizers and learn about post hack-a-thon opportunities.
5:30-6:00 PMPrizes & Closing Remarks

Prevention:Efforts focused aimed at identifying and intervening with high risk individuals including children, adolescents, and young adults are critical as are efforts aimed at opioid prescribers and pharmaceutical companies.

What are some new ways to approach prevention?
Overdose: Currently, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US.
There is an urgent need to find ways to prevent and treat this fatal sequelae of addiction.

Can we identify easily accessible, acceptable, and effective means of addressing overdoses?
Treatment: Acknowledging addiction as a chronic disease, treatments including medications are available for individuals.

How do we improve their efficacy and availability? How do we address the addiction-related stigma that acts as a barrier to treatment?

How do we identify individuals early in need of treatment?

Are there innovative ways we can work together to reduce the harm of ongoing use both to the individual and the community?
Recovery: Those in recovery often face it as a battle taken “one day at a time.”

Are there innovative ways to support these individuals in their struggle to fight against the triggers for relapse and build the support and strength to make it through today?
Family & friends:Addiction affects not only the individual but their loved ones as well. They suffer not only from the complications of the addiction but also the stigma society places around addictions. Are there ways we can help support them?

Up to $5,000 in awards for the top innovations

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