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Hackovate Health Innovation Competition

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Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)

Kansas City, MO

Hackovate Health Innovation Competition

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Finale is rescheduled to Thursday, February 28 from 3-7 at Union Station, GKC Chamber of Commerce Boardroom. If you have registered before, please RSVP again by "purchasing" this ticket. Seating is extremely limited in new setting.
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Hackovate Finale
^REGISTER FOR NEW DATE & TIME^ Sit in on the 10 live finale presentations, vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice Award and watch one finalist win the competition in Union Station's new Extreme Screen.
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Hackovate Community Reception
^REGISTER FOR NEW DATE & TIME^ Grab a cocktail, network with the finalists & rub elbows with some of the leaders in the healthcare industry in the famous Union Station Sprint Festival Plaza.
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WEATHER STATUS: Hackovate Health Finale has been postponed due to the winter storm to Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 3-8 PM.

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Hackovate Health Innovation Competition Finale

February 28, 2013

Union Station- GKC Chamber Boardroom

3:00-8:00 PM - FREE to attend

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2:30 - 6 PM: Registration & Check-In

3:00 PM: Welcome & Introduction

Tyler Prochnow, Senior Partner & Co-Founder, Think Big Partners

Paul Richardson, Business Development, H&R Block

Ramsey Mohsen, Director of Social Media, DEG

3:10 - 4:35 PM:  Finalist Presentations Group 1

Video Address from Senator Jerry Moran


4:45 - 6:10 PM: Finalist Presentations Group 2

6:10 - 6:45 PM: Innovation Address

Herb Sih, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Think Big Partners

David Kord Murray, President, Kord Consulting Group

Kush Saxena, Chief Strategy Officer, H&R Block

Ned Holland, Assistant Secretary for Administration, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

6:45 - 7:00 PM: Awards Presentation & Closing

Google Fiber People’s Choice Award

Cash prizes from H&R Block

7:00 - 8:00 PM: Community Address and Closing Reception in Sprint Festival Plaza



Group 1

  • My Healthcare Reform Guide by eXperient Interactive & UseagilityChrys Sullivan * Gregg Almquist (Kansas City, MO, USA)
  • ReMARK HealthMatthew Kafka & Kevin Mroczka (Kansas City, MO, USA)
  • HealthPlan Select by Strenuus, Matthew Mellor & Aaron Schumate (Overland Park, KS, USA)
  • OkCopay, Inc., Toure McCluskey (Seattle, WA, USA)
  • NAYA JEEVAN REJUVENATE (New Life) Asher Hasan (Karachi, Sind, PAK)
Group 2



David Kord Murray: Author, Aerospace Engineer, Entrepreneur

David Kord Murray is author and aerospace engineer/entrepreneur.  Mr. Murray is no stranger to innovation—as a scientist, chief marketing officer, entrepreneur, CEO, product development specialist, software programmer and line manager, he has worked on both the Space Shuttle as well as the International Space Station.  Additionally, Mr. Murray has acted as the head of innovation at Intuit and has published best-selling books Borrowing Brilliance: The Six Steps to Business Innovation by Building on the Ideas of Others and Plan B: How to Hatch a Second Plan that’s Always Better than the First. Today, Mr. Murray serves as the president of Kord Consulting Group. 

Ned Holland, Assistant Secretary for Administration for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

E.J. “Ned” Holland Jr. is the assistant secretary for administration for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Mr. Holland has the responsibility for the leadership and management of approximately 3,800 Federal employees and contractors, operating 12 separate budgets totaling over $1B.  Prior to joining HHS, Mr. Holland held several senior administrative positions and was the primary purchaser of health care for Payless Cashways, Sprint and Embarq. He was actively involved in the Kansas City healthcare landscape, serving a variety of community and economic development organizations and several healthcare-related organizations including the Truman Medical Center, the Kansas City Missouri public hospital system, the Kansas City Area Hospital Association, the Kansas Health Policy Authority and Children’s Mercy Hospital.



Phil Blando

Founder of AB+M Partners, LLC in Washington, D.C. with nearly 20 years of experience in health care public affairs.

David Edwards

Vice President and Engineering Fellow at Cerner specializing in the health care technology industry.

Rachel Hack

Community Manager for Google Fiber, acting as a liaison between Kansas City organizations and leaders and the Google Fiber

Anna Haghgooie

Managing Director at Sandbox, specializing in exploring health care innovation through the BlueCross BlueShield Venture Funds.

Kush Saxena

H&R Block’s Chief Strategy Officer, specializing on the company’s strategic growth efforts in the high-tech, financial services, retail and health care industries.


Want to be involved & volunteer at the finale?

Contact Emily Leeper at for more information.


Parking will be available in the parking garage located West of Union Station.

Need accommodations in Kansas City?

Suggested hotel in downtown Kansas City (Think Big's corporate rate, space not guaranteed):

- Aladdin Holiday Inn Downtown Kansas City


From the North / Northwest / Airport
Take I-29 to 169; 169 turns into the Broadway Extension. Stay on Broadway across the river and through downtown to Pershing Ave. (Pershing is about 23rd Street). Turn left on Pershing (East). At the first stoplight, turn left (North). After you turn, you will see a sign overhead that reads "Union Station West Yards Parking." Enter the large parking lot on the right. Union Station/Science City will be the large building to the east of you.

From Johnson County
Take I-35 North to exit Southwest Blvd./Pennway or 1C. Turn right (East) on Pennway to Broadway. Turn right (South) on Broadway to Pershing Ave. (Pershing is about 23rd Street). Turn left on Pershing (East). At the first stoplight, turn left (North). After you turn, you will see a sign overhead that reads "Union Station West Yards Parking." Enter the large parking lot on the right. Union Station/Science City will be the large building to the east of you.

For more detailed directions, call 816-460-2020.

                             About Hackovate Health Innovation Competition 

With a new era of healthcare on the door step and more than three out of four consumers unaware of the role of the 2012 tax return on their health care coverage next fall, H&R Block and early-stage business incubator and startup accelerator, Think Big Partners, announce the creation of Hackovate Healthcare 2013. The competition is designed to identify innovative mobile, online, social and other applications that help consumers navigate the new healthcare landscape.

Teams, big and small, are encouraged to compete in the competition, which culminates in H&R Block identifying 10 teams to convene in Kansas City in February 2013. The Hackovate process will involve coaching and mentoring from business, policy and investor community leaders in the entrepreneurship and healthcare arenas. This isn’t just another open innovation competition. This is a potential opportunity to take your big idea and quickly turn it a joint-venture partnership, strategic relationship or a potentially build a brand new company together

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Union Station - GKC Chamber Boardroom
30 W Pershing Rd
Kansas City, MO 64108

Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)

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