The Challenge


Can you create technology enabled tools to help support and connect individuals affected by opioid addiction?



Help identify resources, facilities, and educational content for support



Help patients, caregivers and peers connect to one another and create a peer community


Addiction is complex. Every individual faces a different set of challenges and has unique needs. In working to address the challenge prompt, tech-enabled solutions should aim to support affected individuals (e.g. opioid users, caregivers, peers, family, etc.) and connect them to relevant resources. This is not an exercise to develop tools for specific disease interventions or technologies for clinical therapy decision-making.

Phase 1 - Check out the Five Semi-Finalists!


How Does it Work?



Phase 1 Semi-Finalists:


  • 19 Judges

  • 5 Semi-finalists

    • Hey, Charlie – Hey,Charlie is a mobile behavioral modification platform to help individuals in recovery rebuild their social environments and create more individualized and comprehensive recovery strategies.

    • Resilience IQ (ResQ) – ResQ promotes resilience to relapse by mobilizing an individual’s social support network with precision to intervene using proven techniques when their help is needed the most.

    • Luceo/Canary App – Canary reduces the occurrence of fatal overdoses by providing an alert of a person’s sustained inactivity following a dose of opioids so that they may receive naloxone and medical intervention.

    • Sober Grid – Sober Grid is an iOS/Android app designed to help people recover from drug and alcohol addiction. Using evidence-based modalities, Sober Grid provides a supportive community of over 110,000 members.

    • HashTag – A wearable device to detect opioid overdose and a mobile application that notifies overdose condition, assists in saving the user and helps in creating awareness about ill effects of opioid.

These five semi-finalists were chosen by our judges for the overall quality of their solutions and specific merits in:

  • Innovation: Creativity and uniqueness of the solution

  • Scalability: Potential for widespread adoption

  • UX/UI: Overall design and intuitiveness of the solution


Phase 2

Submission Requirements:

  • A 500-word description of the app or tool describing its utility and what makes it user-centered

  • A brief video pitch (3 minutes or less) describing the solution and how it would be used. This can be a demo video of the working product or a video explaining the concept/design of the solution and what makes it impactful

  • A link to a working application or tool

Evaluation Criteria:

Submissions will be evaluated and scored based on the following criteria:

  • Impact: Overall potential to improve quality of life for those affected by opioid addiction

  • Potential for Adoption: Likelihood that the solution will be well-received and use retained by the end user

  • Strength of Presentation: Overall strength of live pitch presentation at the Health 2.0 2018 Fall Conference


Awards and Prizes

Phase I

  • Semi-Finalists (5) - $5,000

5 semi-finalists will move forward to Phase 2. Upon another round of evaluation, 3 finalists from Phase 2 will move on to pitch their solutions live at the Health 2.0 2018 Fall Conference. 

Phase II Live Pitch Event

  • First Place - $50,000

  • Second Place - $15,000

  • Third Place - $10,000


During Phase 2 of the innovation challenge, finalists will be awarded several promotional opportunities to showcase the top-ranking solutions and gain visibility in the health tech space. Opportunities include the following:

  • Interview to be published on The Health Care Blog, one of the most widely read blogs focused on health tech, with over 100,000 unique views per month

  • Promotion through the RWJF and Health 2.0 media channels

  • Exhibition pavilion at Health 2.0’s 12th Annual Conference in September 2018

  • Individual Pitch-Coaching Sessions with Health 2.0 to ensure teams are “stage ready” for the live pitch event

  • Opportunity to demo your technology in front of a captivated audience of 2,000 investors, provider organizations, health plans and members of the media at the Health 2.0 Annual Fall Conference. Following this one-hour event, the room will be available for post session networking.