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Angela Nguyen, VCU chemistry
Kimberly Pham, VCU computer engineering
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HealthHacks is a student-led 24-hour medical hackathon where students create innovative solutions to real-world challenges presented by clinical and industry professionals. HealthHacks focuses on three areas: product innovation, improving care and patient experience. Due to COVID-19 policies, the fifth annual HealthHacks event will take place virtually on March 27–28, 2021. Information on logging into the HealthHacks virtual event will be sent to registrants the day before the event. Check your email for additional information.
While one of only a few medical hackathons in the U.S., HealthHacks is rare by focusing predominantly on medical device product innovation. Interdisciplinary teams of students with backgrounds in engineering, business and science are encouraged to think of their own solutions and develop projects with the potential to succeed in the market. After the event, VCU’s Pre-Accelerator program provides support to successful teams, enabling students to further develop their products and ideas and bring them to market.
This year, HealthHacks will have multiple tracks of challenges in place of an overall theme. Sponsors are asked to submit real-world problems and challenges for students to solve. These challenges will then be sorted into categorized tracks. This new system will allow for a wider range of topics to be covered and ensure that the most important current medical challenges are addressed.
At HealthHacks, our motto is aligned with VCU's "Make it Real". If a team chooses to conquer product design, hospital throughput, or patient experience, each team will end the hackathon with a concrete prototype in some form, whether it be physical foam, 3D printed plastic, manipulation of an existing provided device, a new phone app, or a program. We will have mentors from all fields: engineering to medicine to industry, helping guide teams to develop their solutions.
Saturday, March 27, 2021
8am – 10am: Online event check in
10am – 11am: Opening Ceremony and Challenge Pitching
11am – 1am: Team formation and Brainstorming
Noon: Virtual Break for Lunch
3pm – 3:30pm: Workshop 1
6pm: Virtual Break for Dinner
7pm – 7:30pm: Workshop 2
9pm – 9:30pm: Fun Mini-event
Sunday, March 28, 2021
11:45am: Submissions Due
2pm – 3pm: Judging
3pm – 4pm: Mini-Event, Setting up closing ceremony
4pm – 5pm: Closing ceremony and Awards
HealthHacks21 will be taking place virtually, conducted through Zoom and Slack. The event will NOT be taking place in the College of Engineering as it has past years. The VCU student code of conduct will still be in effect during the event. HealthHacks will not be able to provide any food or swag to participants this year, but hackers are encouraged to take breaks throughout the event. Healthhacks will also not be able to provide hardware for the event this year. Hackers are encouraged to use any materials at their disposal and/or create non-physical prototypes and designs to present.
The opening/closing ceremony as well as workshops, mini-event, and judging will all be conducted virtually through Zoom. Awards and Prizes will still be given to winning teams and will be shipped after the event. Information on logging into the HealthHacks virtual event will be sent to registrants the day before the event. Check your email for additional information.
Attendees must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a college or university, and must agree to the MLH Code of Conduct.
Nope! Medical innovation relies heavily on interdisciplinary collaboration, so students from all disciplines are welcome. In fact, the skills of an art, business, or medical student can really help your team’s work stand out from the crowd.
Major League Hacking (MLH) and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) stand for inclusivity. We believe that every single person has the right to hack in a safe and welcoming environment. Learn more about the MLH Code of Conduct.
Either build your own team, or come meet students from a variety of fields and we’ll help you find a team that can utilize your skills. Teams should have no more than 4 people
No. Please provide your own transportation.
Nope! Come have fun with similarly-minded people! We have several food breaks that highlight some of Richmond’s best cuisine, and we’ll have games and cool new tech to mess around with when you need a break from work! Additionally, there will be physician lectures throughout the event that will include cool clinical cases, as well as a student workshop on Saturday night with an engineering/design focus
Don't forget a valid ID and a sleeping bag if you are planning to stay overnight. If you have hacking equipment, feel free to bring it.
Hardware will be available to rent for the weekend. Mentors will be available for technical guidance and to troubleshoot. Come to HealthHacks especially if you don't know anything about hardware or 3D printing and want to learn!
HealthHacks would not exist without great sponsors. The event is an excellent opportunity to connect with and evaluate talent. You’ll see how the next generation of leaders can scope and creatively solve problems under pressure.
Includes all the benefits of the gold, silver, bronze, and supporter packages, with the exception of a named meal.
Includes all the benefits of the silver, bronze, and supporter packages, with the exception of a named meal.
Includes all the benefits of the bronze and supporter packages.
Includes all the benefits of the supporter package.
Show Your Support with a Presence at the Event
For information about becoming a sponsor, please view the 2021 HealthHacks Packet.
To get in touch about becoming a sponsor, please contact HealthHacks at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (804)828-0349.