MDP invites entrepreneurs, developers, healthcare professionals, and innovators from across the country to step up to the challenge of building cloud-based solutions that solve hospitals’ biggest pain points.


“Hospitals, from the smallest critical access facilities to leading academic medical centers, are starved for disruptive, nimble technologies that can improve care quality, maximize provider efficiency, and reduce costs. For this challenge, we welcome anyone with a novel approach to fixing what’s broken—big or small, radical or simple. The future of healthcare depends on entrepreneurs overcoming the industry’s notoriously high barriers to entry. That’s why we built the More Disruption Please program—to inspire a new generation of apps and services that will challenge and revolutionize the way providers and hospitals work.”  

                                  - Jonathan Bush, President & CEO, athenahealth


The challenge will kick off on January 5, 2016 and remain open through April 1, 2016. A panel of industry experts will evaluate submissions, with winners announced on April 12th. The individual or team behind the best innovation will receive $10,000 in cash, a round-trip flight to Boston to meet with athenahealth executives, and the potential for partnership and/or investment via the MDP program.  Cash prizes will also be awarded to the runner-up, honorable mentions, and a crowd-sourced People’s Choice finalist.

To get started, please review the following:


Healthcare needs less distraction and more disruption. Through collaboration and seamless integration on an open cloud platform, More Disruption Please provides easy access to the world’s most innovative thinking, offering solutions to help health care professionals thrive in the face of industry change and pressure.

The MDP Network brings together a community of great minds looking to improve the status quo in healthcare. The MDP Accelerator invests in high-potential, early-stage startups and provides resources and customer access critical to their scalability and success. The athenahealth Marketplace delivers solutions seamlessly integrated with athenaNet, enabling providers to get the most out of their care giving experience.


Create a viable software solution, prototype and/or business plan that addresses a pressing pain point for hospitals and/or health systems (i.e., inpatient facilities).

Categories: include, but are not limited to, core hospital modalities, virtualization of ancillary services, discharge planning, care handoffs, and medication tracking. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to tackle one of the problems highlighted in athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush’s recent blog post.  

What to Create: a working software application, prototype and/or business plan, demonstration video (if applicable), and a PDF presentation (10 slides or less).

Platform: any software platform will be accepted. However, participants should note that a preference will be made for those solutions that are cloud-based.

View Submission Requirements

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$18,000 in prizes

Grand Prize

$10,000 in cash

Grand Prize winners also receive transportation and accommodations for two team members to visit the athenahealth headquarters and meet CEO Jonathan Bush, Chief Product Officer Kyle Armbrester, and members of the More Disruption Please team.

Runner-Up Prize

$5,000 in cash

Honorable Mentions (2)

$1,000 in cash each

People’s Choice Award

$1,000 in cash

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

  1. Create an account or log-in with an existing Devpost account.
  2. Sign the MDP Innovation Challenge participant waiver form.
  3. Create a viable software solution, prototype and/or business plan that addresses a pressing pain point for hospitals and/or health systems, such as those discussed in The Challenge.  
  4. Visit the Submission Requirements page for information on what is required when submitting the software solution.


Kyle Armbrester

Kyle Armbrester
Chief Product Officer, athenahealth

Mandira Singh

Mandira Singh
Director, More Disruption Please, athenahealth

Stephen Kraus

Stephen Kraus
Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners

Carla E. Small

Carla E. Small
Director of Innovation, Boston Children’s Hospital

Malay Gandhi

Malay Gandhi
Digital Health Investor & Advisor

Jason Bornhorst

Jason Bornhorst
Chief Executive Officer, Patient IO

Lesley Solomon

Lesley Solomon
Executive Director, Brigham Innovation Hub

Steven Collens

Steven Collens
Chief Executive Officer, MATTER

Chris Coburn

Chris Coburn
Vice President of Innovation, Partners HealthCare

Bernie Monegain

Bernie Monegain
Editor-at-Large, Healthcare IT News

Sarah Buhr

Sarah Buhr
Reporter, TechCrunch

Judging Criteria

  • Potential Impact
    What is the potential impact of the solution, in terms of both scope and size, on the hospital market?
  • Technology Innovation
    How creative, original, and innovative is the solution? How effective is it in utilizing technology to solve the proposed problem?
  • Business Model
    Is the business model well thought-out, realistic, and scalable?
  • Design
    How usable, human-centered, and satisfying is the user experience?
  • Team
    What makes this team the right team to solve this problem and bring the technology to market?
  • Presentation
    How clear and persuasive is the presentation, video, and/or prototype?

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