Innovating for EH

NEHA presents Innovating for Environmental Health


On May 13-14, NEHA participated in the first AngelHack Global Hackathon Series event in Los Angeles. Over 100 participants competed during the weekend, and five unique apps were submitted to solve a water quality issue. LA County Public Health Department provided on-site support. 

The weekend's winning team created AquaData, a reporting app that enables users to report location based data such as water leakage from pipes and spills. The live data is then translated into reporting format and sent directly to relevant agencies to repair the issues faster. 


NEHA participated in the second AngelHack Global Hackathon Series event on May 18-20 in Detroit, MI, an event led by Wayne State Unviersity. Over 200 participants participated in the weekend, and the winning team created TapCheck. The team utilized EPA publicly-available water system data to create an app that instantly provides drinking water quality information based on your location and the corresponding municipal water system. 

Congratulations to both teams! We look forward to having them at the AEC.

If you're attending the AEC, make sure to attend the App Challenge presentation on Wednesday, July 12 at 11am to learn more about the teams and their innovative solutions!


Do you have a weather application (app) on your phone? How about an app that warns you of poor air quality that might trigger asthma? Or an app that walks you through the steps of testing a well?

Phone, desktop, and website apps have the power to inform, prevent harm, and educate. By integrating technology and environmental health, we can create a culture of health that uses public data to create innovative tools and resources for communities. 

In March 2016, NEHA launched the Innovating for Environmental Health App Challenge. This program was designed to inspire innovation in environmental health by bringing a technology-focused dimension to the field.

By way of an app challenge, teams of developers and creatives compete to build apps that solve environmental health issues. For example, apps might function to serve as a way to share symptom data, create community around alternative forms of transportation, educate individuals on health risks – the opportunities are endless.  


2017 Innovating for Environmental Health App Challenge: Water Quality

The 2017 Innovating for Environmental Health App Challenge, sponsored by Hedgerow Software, launches on May 13 in Los Angeles.

NEHA will participate in a series of weekend-long, in-person events as a part of AngelHack’s Global Hackathon Series, during which teams will compete to build community-focused apps.

The first event will be in Los Angeles on May 13-14, followed by an event in Detroit, MI on May 19-21. NEHA, along with local environmental health professionals, will attend these events to advocate for EH and to inspire and guide teams to create apps that will help solve water quality issues. Apps might address increasing access to drinking water that meets Safe Drinking Water Act regulations, reducing waterborne diseases outbreaks, reducing the global burden of disease due to poor water quality, etc.

At the end of these events, NEHA will select winning teams that will attend the AEC to present their apps and receive the Innovative App Award. 


The 2017 Innovating for Environmental Health App Challenge is sponsored by:

If you’d like to learn more or are interested in attending these events to share your local EH perspective, please contact Solly Poprish at or 303-756-9090 ext. 335.


2016 Innovating for Environmental Health App Challenge 

In March 2016, NEHA, with the support of Hedgerow Software and the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), launched the first Innovating for Environmental Health App Challenge. Individuals competed to develop apps that would achieve one of the Healthy People 2020 EH objectives, as identified by the Department of Health and Human Services.


A total of 13 apps were submitted that varied in EH topic and user audience. The first place team developed Biky, an app that integrates alternative transportation, physical activity, and community building to tackle air contamination and promote a healthy lifestyle. Angela Jimenez attended the AEC on behalf of her team to present and receive the Innovative App Award.

You can learn more about last year’s app challenge and submissions by visiting our devpost page



The 2016 Innovating for Environmental Health App Challenge was sponsored by: