As the world entered lockdown, Columbia University's HITLAB was uniquely positioned to help catalyze innovation in the space of diagnosing and treating the disease.

Over the first few months of 2020, we designed an accelerator program to rapidly test smartphone-based solutions to the COVID-19 epidemic. We are pleased that several entrepreneurs had their ideas funded by organizations including Johnson & Johnson and New York Presbyterian. Designed in partnership with Columbia University's Health Innovation and Technology Lab.



As we wanted to lower the bar to entry for innovators with engaging solutions to have their ideas judged, we created a staggered innovation process that began with a simple, tweet-sized application. Eligible entrants were then asked for more.