On May 7, 2016, the School launched their first HealthTech2016: Apps, Gadgets, and Gizmos conference. This one day event, which took place at 82 Washington Place, covered cutting–edge technologies useful for health care professionals, researchers, developers, and consumers in the prevention, assessment and management of health.
The format included a keynote given by Dr. Deborah Estrin from Cornell Tech, a panel discussion, five-minute lightning talks, hands-on demonstrations, and student posters. Clinicians and researchers, from NYU, MIT, Cornell Tech, U of Pittsburgh, Helen Hayes, and the Veterans Administration, among others, covered topics on articulation therapy, exoskeleton/robotics, high tech prosthetics, mobile health (mHealth), motor speech analysis, virtual reality/balance, cochlear implants, smart home technology, eye tracking, emotional technology (using robots), vaporizers, issues on privacy, and evaluating apps.
The event, organized by the Department of Physical Therapy, under the direction of Dr. Batavia and event organizer Anne Seaton, was sponsored by the NYU Steinhardt Department of Physical Therapy, Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition and Food Studies, NYU College of Global Public Health (CGPH), NYU Council for the Study of Disability, and the NYU Ability Project. The event proved to be a success and there are plans to expand the conference in coming years.