Winners, Children’s Health Innov8 4 Kids Hackathon



Last month, Children’s Health, the leading pediatric healthcare system in North Texas, held the Innov8 4 Kids Challenge virtual hackathon.


Fourteen teams competed in the mixed reality and gamification challenge: four high-school teams, eight college teams, and two professional teams.


The event was sponsored by Microsoft, Salesforce, TytoCare, Persistent, and Allata.


The first-place winner, and best high school submission, was focused on the problem presented by the flood of information that comes with a new health diagnosis. The team’s solution was to create an app that makes the learning process fun while ensuring patients get all the information they need about their diagnoses. Filled with kid-friendly videos and animations, the app was pitched as a hybrid of WebMD, TikTok, YouTube, and patient education. The concept included functionality for health care providers to upload mini-videos, speeding up the content creation process.


In second place is a first-person, exploration, building, pet-care themed augmented reality (AR) mobile game for kids. Users foster emotional agility while collecting rocks and caring for digital pet eggs. The AR app is designed to aid children who have trouble finding the vocabulary to express themselves and manage their emotions. Described as a hybrid of Pokémon Go AR+ Hatchimals! + Social-Emotional Education, the app aims to make a positive impact on children’s mental wellbeing.


The third-place winner addressed the tendency for kids to neglect their health due to low motivation, forgetfulness, feelings of depression, or lack of knowledge. The proposed solution is a game where users care for an AI pet by completing tasks that also aid in self-care. By caring for your AI pet, you are taking care of yourself. The app is described as a Tamagotchi Pet, AR, patient education hybrid.


The results of the competition exceeded expectations. Children’s Health officials were blown away by the quality of ideas at the event. Many of the teams will continue working with the Children’s Health Care Delivery Innovation Lab to develop their ideas. Pilot prototypes are in the works for this fall, with potential rollouts in 2022.


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