Health Make-a-thon Event

On August 8, 2020, twenty finalists from the State of Illinois pitched their ideas in a “dolphin-tank-style” competition. Ten came away with $10,000 each in resources and support, poised to develop their ideas into prototypes to improve human health.

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.

Here are some specifics about attending the August 8 Health Make-a-Thon event:

Location: Zoom—Register to attend here.
Cost: Free

Meet the 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