HHS Opioid Code-a-Thon | Challenge.gov | Updated Deadline Dec. 15th

Turning data into insights for the opioid epidemic.

  • Posted By: Department of Health and Human Services
  • Category: Software/Apps, Designs
  • Skill: Algorithms
  • Interest: Health

Drug overdose deaths and opioid-involved deaths continue to increase in the United States. The majority of drug overdose deaths (more than six out of ten) involve a prescription or illicit opioid. Ending this epidemic is among the Department’s top priorities, and to combat this crisis the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has implemented a five-part strategy that provides the overarching framework for HHS’s opioid-related activities. To build on these efforts, HHS is looking to leverage the full potential of data and technology to address the opioid crisis by hosting an Opioid Code-a-Thon. Participants will use a variety of provided datasets related to opioids and develop a solution to address one of the following challenge tracks:

  • Opioid Treatment
  • Opioid Usage
  • Opioid Misuse Prevention

Judging Criteria


The solution takes into account user-centered design principles. The user interface is visually appealing, well laid out, intuitive, and easy to use and understand.

Potential for Impact

The solution has a clear user and positions local, state, and/or federal actors to make significant strides in advancing treatment, understanding usage, or improving prevention.

Technical Achievement

The solution addresses the primary goals of the Code-a-Thon through connecting a variety of health data sources – of which at least one is an HHS dataset – and demonstrates potential for scale and/or broader application in public health.


The solution represents a new, original idea that integrates data in an unprecedented and novel way.

How to Enter

Please see the “Rules” section to learn how to submit an intent to participate form.

Participants must perform a five-minute, in-person demo and provide the following information to be eligible for further review and a prize award on December 7, 2017:

  • Team Name, Participant Names, Organization (s), and Primary Point of Contact
  • Challenge Track
  • Data Resources Utilized
  • Link to the solution
  • Written summary of the solution