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New Jersey Innovation Institute Sponsors “HackNJIT” to Advance Real World Technology Solutions

Collaboration and Creative Problem Solving Take Center Stage at Hackathon

NEWARK, Nov 10, 2017 – Sometimes getting hacked is a good thing!   While many think that hacking is solely reserved for the murky world of the cyber-criminal, this weekend more than 200 New Jersey Institute of Technology students will converge for a two day hackathon to find solutions to real world problems in healthcare and other industries.

The event, HackNJIT, is taking place at the NJIT Campus Center from Saturday, November 11, at 11:00 am, through Sunday, November 12, at 4:00 pm.

The New Jersey Innovation Institute’s Healthcare Delivery Systems iLab, (NJII) an NJIT corporation, is a corporate sponsor of HackNJIT that is being organized by the NJIT Student Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery and the NJIT Ying Wu College of Computing.

“Sometimes the best solutions come to you in the middle of the night,” said Tomas Gregorio, Senior Executive Director, Healthcare Delivery Systems iLab, NJII. “This weekend the next generation of leaders in technology will have the opportunity to test that theory and come together to find solutions to real world challenges.  It is our pleasure to support the development of new ideas and turn these innovations into the technologies of the future.”

 NJII will be presenting an open ended problem to the hackers to improve the health of a hypothetical patient population that could be coded to have any number of health problems.  The hackers will use data to improve health outcomes.

The hackers at the event may also create and solve their own challenges unrelated the problem presented by NJII.

A hackathon is a gathering where programmers collaboratively code in an extreme manner over a short period of time. Hackathons are at least a few days – or over a weekend – and generally no longer than a week. While working on a particular project, the idea is for each developer to have the ability and freedom to work on however he/she wants.  Often groups of 2-5 individuals form around a project and work collectively to investigate and solve a problem.

“Technology is advancing at an astonishing rate and the impact it is having on society is immeasurable,” said Tom Bartiromo, Chief Innovation Officer, NJII. “We encourage the students to embrace the challenge of the hackathon and further new innovations to solve real world problems.”

Lending its support to the event is Major League Hacking, the official student hackathon league.  The organization powers over 200 weekend-long invention competitions each year that inspire innovation, cultivate communities and teach computer science skills to more than 65,000 students around the world.


New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) is an NJIT corporation that applies the intellectual and technological resources of the state’s science, technology and design university to challenges identified by industry partners. Through its Innovation Labs (iLabs), NJII brings NJIT expertise to key economic sectors, including healthcare delivery systems, bio-pharmaceutical production, civil infrastructure, defense and homeland security, and financial services.

The NJII Healthcare Delivery System’s iLab is committed to improving healthcare through innovative programs and services including the Garden Practice Transformation Network that is moving nearly 10,000 physicians from fee-for-service to value-based care as part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative.   Through the program, NJII will save more than $135 million in healthcare costs and improve the lives of more than 500,000 patients with chronic illnesses.

The iLab is also driving the healthcare technological revolution in our State through the New Jersey Health Information Network (NJHIN), a shared services platform developed by the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) and powered by NJII that is enabling statewide data sharing by connecting health information exchange organizations (HIE/HIO), hospitals, and clinicians together though admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) alerts, immunization data, and a Master Person Index that uniquely identifies patients across the healthcare continuum.

The iLab also partners with physicians to help them report on Federal and State administered quality improvement programs, including the Merit-based Incentive Payment Program (formerly Meaningful Use and Physician Quality Reporting System), the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program, and Accountable Care Organizations. Over the past six (6)   years, the iLab has helped member providers receive more than $100 million in incentive payments. In 2016, NJII’s member hospitals received more than $47.6 million in incentive payments.

NJII also recently opened a new state-of-the-art Agile Strategies Lab on the NJIT campus.  The lab is designed to help create and launch the next wave of problem-solving in health care and other industries by advancing, managing, capturing or commercializing ideas.

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