Health Make-a-Thon

Illinois residents are invited to submit ideas for improving human health to the third annual Health Make-a-Thon competition. The 10 best ideas will each be supported by $10,000 in Health Maker Lab resources to create a real prototype of their idea. Submission deadline is Jan. 31, 2021. Winners will be selected at a virtual event on April 17, 2021.

Health Make-a-thon 2019 finalists

It’s our more friendly and approachable version of what’s often called a “shark tank” in the world of entrepreneurship. In the dolphin tank, 20 innovative finalists will each have two minutes to pitch their great idea to improve human health—and you’ll get to cheer them on as they do.

Everyone is encouraged to attend! This is your chance to see innovation in the making—and maybe to get inspired for next year’s event. Grab your kids and your friends, and show support for Illinois’ health makers and the democratization of health innovation.

Our judges are entrepreneurs, innovators, scholars, healthcare providers, and citizen scientists from across the state of Illinois. You can meet a few here. And if you attend the August 8 event, we’ll be asking for your feedback, too! Help fuel this high-energy event while doing your part to make a better future for healthcare.

The virtual Health Make-a-Thon event will take place on April 17, 2021.

Registration details coming soon!

2020 Health Make-a-Thon Winners

PillSafe Smart Cap
Ariana Alam Mizan

Joy Chen, Adam Dama

Ultrasonic Visual Aid
Emily Jean Smith, Natalie Ramsy, Catherine Stauffer

Sebastian Souryris, Aaron Brown, Nekita Thomas



Shonit Nair Sharma

Kavya Sudhir, Sanjana Chunduri, Saloni Garg, Trisha Yadav

Low-cost, Portable Non-invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation Device
Mobola Kukoyi

Single Action Needles
Dylan Peters, David Kostyra

Anemone: A Safe Space in Your Phone
Ananya Cleetus

Wheelchair Wheel Redesign
Wen KunYuan, Anna Chi, Jessica Hung