Five Teams Stand Out in Hacking Dermatology Innovation Challenge Seeking Potential Solutions to Dermatologic Challenges Faced by Patients with Skin of Color
Five teams came away as winners in Hacking Dermatology 2020, a dermatology innovation challenge that unites clinical and scientific experts, patients, engineers and innovators to reimagine the landscape of patient care.
Five teams came away as winners in Hacking Dermatology 2020, a dermatology innovation challenge that unites clinical and scientific experts, patients, engineers and innovators to reimagine the landscape of patient care. The hackathon took place in a virtual format, Oct. 23-25, 2020, with support from MIT Hacking Medicine. This year’s focus was the dermatologic concerns faced by patients with skin of color.
Applicants were encouraged to advance ideas and concepts with potential to:
- Help shorten diagnostic delay and help sharpen diagnostic accuracy;
- Identify personalized care and diverse clinical trial representation; and
- Empower skin of color education and help create equitable technology advancements.
Winning teams/concepts are:
- Folliculology: Non-profit public health education campaign aimed to empower, train and task-shift screening of hair and scalp disorders by creating allyship with barbers that is patient centered and culturally appropriate to reduce time to diagnosis.
- Open Source Dermatology: An open-source image repository focused on skin of color and developed with a community of contributing dermatologists to serve as an educational resource for medical students as well as to support machine learning.
- DermBox: A photo box that could help create standardized high-quality photos of dermatological conditions, especially in diverse skin types.
- Project: Agora: Collecting images to share with dermatology educators and technology companies who leverage data to improve teaching and build better AI products.
- Broad Spectrum: Creating cosmetically acceptable and high-SPF sunscreen options for patients with skin of color.
Winning teams will receive $3,000 in seed funding, mentorship under UCSF Rosenman and from the Hacking Dermatology ecosystem; and an invitation to the Hacking Dermatology Acceleration Pitch, an advanced challenge with additional grand prize funding.
Judges determined the winners in evaluating each team’s pitch for impact, innovation, business model and presentation.
To kick off the hackathon, insights were shared by leaders in dermatology with expertise on the unique challenges of treating patients with skin of color including: Seemal R. Desai, MD, FAAD on skin of color challenges and directions; Amit G. Pandya, MD on re-pigmenting hands in patients with vitiligo; and Susan C. Taylor, MD, FAAD on hacking skin of color education.
The Hacking Dermatology program is comprised of three stages: challenge statement development and identification, the three-day hackathon and an incubation period with additional funding opportunities for winning teams.
In its the third year, Hacking Dermatology is supported by MIT Hacking Medicine. Event sponsors were the UCSF Rosenman Institute and Gore Range Capital. Read more about Hacking Dermatology 2020 in a recent FiercePharma article.