About 850 million people suffer from kidney disease globally, and it is estimated that up to 10 million of them have reached end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), which requires dialysis or transplant. Baxter is a leader in driving access to kidney care across the continuum through insight-driven innovation and services so patients can live their best lives. This includes providing leading peritoneal dialysis (PD) cyclers and the most widely used remote patient management digital health platform for home care.

Baxter, in collaboration with MATTER, is proud to present the inaugural 2022 University Hackathon. In this call for student innovators, we are seeking novel ideas and concepts to support home dialysis and digital health as an enabler to therapy that will also support the growing need for patients to have access to therapy in their home, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic has a continued impact on kidney patients who also suffer from immune dysfunction.

We are seeking solutions to the problem statements outlined in tracks 1 and 2:

Track 1: How can we extend Baxter’s existing portfolio of products to lower the burden of therapy for end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) patients receiving home peritoneal dialysis (PD) throughout their care journey?
Seeking novel concepts and ideas inclusive of but not limited to: remote patient management, education, logistical assistance and overall engagement. Concepts could add, combine or change current solutions offered by Baxter.

Track 2: How can we help clinics improve their operational efficiencies to support home peritoneal dialysis (PD) therapy?
Seeking novel concepts and ideas inclusive of but not limited to improving: workflow, patient-to-clinician allocation and operational costs.

The concepts and ideas can address one or a combination of the two tracks listed above. The concepts and ideas cannot be an already-existing Baxter solution.

Benefits of participation:

All completed applications between April 15 and April 25 will receive a $100 Visa eCard.

Finalists will receive valuable advice from Baxter innovation leaders including their Renal Care and Digital Innovation Lab leadership. Finalists will also have the opportunity to rehearse and receive guidance from the MATTER team.

The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize, a paid internship with Baxter during summer 2023 and a free, six-month membership to MATTER.

Hackathon timeline:

March 7, 2022: Applications open
April 25, 2022 at 11:59pm CT: Applications close
April 18-May 10, 2022: Two meetings with finalists to verbalize their solutions and receive coaching and feedback from Baxter and MATTER
May 11-May 13, 2022: Meetings with finalists to rehearse their presentation for the Hackathon Demo Day
May 16, 2022: Hackathon Demo Day

Who should apply?

This Hackathon is open to individuals who are at least eighteen years old, lawful residents of the United States and currently enrolled, as a full-time or part-time student, at a participating university for the spring/fall 2022 term or semester. Read the University Hackathon FAQs for more information.

Selection criteria:

Up to 10 student innovators will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Ability to clearly articulate the problem statement addressed in the Hackathon
  • Quality, feasibility and scalability of proposed idea
  • Differentiation of solution within the competitive landscape
  • Capability of participant to develop and execute concept/idea

For a full list of selection criteria, see our FAQs.

Submission process:

Applications open on March 7, 2022. Submit your application no later than April 25, 2022 at 11:59pm CT. Up to 10 finalists will be selected to move on to the next phase and participate in three 30-minute meetings with MATTER and the Baxter innovation team between April 18 and May 13, 2022, to receive coaching and rehearse their presentation for the Hackathon Demo Day.

The Hackathon will culminate in the demo day on May 16, 2022, where finalists will present their solutions to Baxter innovation leaders including their Renal Care and Digital Innovation Lab leadership. The event will be virtual and hosted by MATTER. Questions? Contact partnerships@matter.health

See the full Terms and Conditions.

About Baxter

Every day, millions of patients, caregivers and healthcare providers rely on Baxter’s leading portfolio of diagnostic, critical care, kidney care, nutrition, hospital and surgical products used across patient homes, hospitals, physician offices and other sites of care. For 90 years, we’ve been operating at the critical intersection where innovations that save and sustain lives meet the healthcare providers who make it happen. With products, digital health solutions and therapies available in more than 100 countries, Baxter’s employees worldwide are now building upon the company’s rich heritage of medical breakthroughs to advance the next generation of transformative healthcare innovations. To learn more, visit www.baxter.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.


At MATTER, we believe collaboration is the best way to improve healthcare. The MATTER collaborative includes more than 275 cutting-edge startups from around the world, working together with dozens of hospitals and health systems, universities and industry-leading companies to build the future of healthcare. Together we are accelerating innovation, advancing care and improving lives. For more information, visit matter.health and follow @MATTERhealth.