Fall 2021 Winners

HealthHacks 2021 1st place winners Team Wayfinder [View Image]

First place went to Team Wayfinder for a mobile phone-based app for patient use following a visit to a physician. The app gives patients simplified versions of their medical documents and highlights important instructions, prescriptions and appointments.

HealthHacks 2021 2nd Place winners Active Learning League [View Image]

Second place went to the Active Learning League for their medical curriculum that aims to train health care professionals to understand Social Determinants of Health and limit patient cost. The robust curriculum will equip medical students to serve a diverse group of clients.

HealthHacks 2021 3rd place winners Team Achieve [View Image]

Team Achieve took home third place for a platform to help make healthful choices after doctor visits. The app provides simple, safe and efficient support for healthy lifestyles such as keeping track of prescribed medication and self-care tasks recommended during a doctor’s appointment.

HealthHacks 2021 special award winners Team Regen [View Image]

Team Regen received a special award from Capital One for creating an app for medical professionals to share instructions with patients. The app allows physicians to share helpful links to patients about their health history and keep efficient track of their medication.

Fall 2021 recap


What is HealthHacks?

HealthHacks is a 24-hour sprint of intense innovation and problem solving focused on unmet medical needs. Participants address challenges through teamwork, solution ideation, programming, rapid prototyping, developing flow processes and more.

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’s theme:

Reimagining Medical Education: Physical Technologies, Software Design and Products

This year's theme seeks to take a look at how medical education can be transformed using innovative tools and resources, such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality. The College of Engineering is collaborating with the VCU Health Innovation Consortium and a number of schools across the medical campus to transform learning in the classroom and in the clinic.

Throughout the years, HealthHacks student teams have been tackling medical needs in multiple specialties and creating innovative solutions for rehabilitation, emergency medicine, and pediatrics. This year, teams will be seeking to transform the future of medical teaching and professional learning. By creating new approaches that utilize modern technology, methods, and tools, HealthHacks participants can support continued advancements in education and patient care. By having medical students and faculty mentors work with engineering, business, arts, and science students, we aim to provide all participants with unique cross-disciplinary learning experiences.

Undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines are welcome including engineering, business, arts, humanities & sciences, and medical professions, including medicine, allied health professions, nursing, pharmacy, and dentistry. No experience necessary! Join us and learn about challenges and contribute your ideas for new solutions and innovations in teaching and learning.

Prizes will be awarded to three teams with the best solutions selected by a panel of faculty and industry judges. All HealthHacks participants will receive a complimentary bag of event swag that will include sanitation and hygiene items for personal use.




What is Rapid Prototyping?

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.


Have you been approached about being a faculty mentor at HealthHacks? Please use the link below to register.

Mentorship Registration


HealthHacks is looking for volunteers to make the weekend a success. Click below to sign up.

Pre-event Workshops

Adobe workshop
Thursday, November 4, 2021
6–7:30 p.m.
Hybrid event: Online or in ERB 1313 (enter at 401 West Main St)

daVinci workshop
Friday, November 5, 2021
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Hybrid event: Online or in ERB 1313 (enter at 401 West Main St)


Saturday, November 6, 2021

8 a.m. – Registration Opens & Continental Breakfast

9:45 a.m. – Opening Ceremony

11:30 a.m. – Team Formation

Noon – Hacking Begins & Lunch

3 p.m. – Educational Session #1

6 p.m. – Dinner

7 p.m. – Educational Session #2

8 p.m. – Break for an Activity

Sunday, November 7, 2021

8 a.m. – Breakfast

9 a.m. – Workshop #3

Noon – Hacking ends - Submissions due & Lunch

1 p.m. – Judging begins

3 p.m. – Awards & Closing Ceremony


HeathHacks Fall ’21 event will be held in designated areas of the VCU College of Engineering’s East Hall and the new Engineering Research Building, both of which are located at 401 West Main Street, in Richmond, Virginia. For pictures and more information on the new space, check out the news release.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will HealthHacks be in-person or virtual this year?

At this time, we are planning for a hybrid event. We encourage you to participate in-person whenever possible, but key components will be streamed for you to view outside of the main Collaboration Hub within the VCU College of Engineering’s new Engineering Research Building. The kick-off, keynote, educational sessions, and awards ceremony will be streamed live, but all other aspects of the event will be in-person. In the event that VCU or the State of Virginia changes their policies on in-person events, we will move to a fully virtual event.

Are there prizes?

YES! Teams that place in the top 3 overall will receive cash prizes (amounts to be determined). In addition, we will be hosting a number of raffles and games to give away amazing prizes throughout the event. Sponsors are also encouraged to provide additional prizes for the best use of their resources.

Who can participate?

Attendees must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a college or university, and must agree to the MLH Code of Conduct.

Do I need to know how to code?

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.

Is HealthHacks a safe space?

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.

Is this a team event?

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

Will event transportation be available?

No. Please provide your own transportation.

Will we be working the whole time?

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

What do I need to bring to the event?

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.

What if I don't have hardware?

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.

Sponsorship Levels:

Platinum $15,000

  • Event Co-Host
  • Give or Sponsor a Keynote speech
  • Have a dinner named after your company (Limited to 1)*
  • Top T-shirt logo placement

Includes all the benefits of the gold, silver, bronze, and supporter packages, with the exception of a named meal.

Gold $10,000

  • Create a Challenge for the event
  • Give or Sponsor a Tutorial Session, Tech Talk, or Workshop
  • Have a lunch named after your company (Limited to 2)*
  • Priority T-shirt logo placement

Includes all the benefits of the silver, bronze, and supporter packages, with the exception of a named meal.

Silver $5,000

  • Host a Tutorial Session, Tech Talk, or Workshop
  • Have a breakfast named after your company (Limited to 2)*
  • Prominent T-shirt logo placement

Includes all the benefits of the bronze and supporter packages.

Bronze $2,500

  • Representative & booth at the event
  • Judge entries

Includes all the benefits of the supporter package.

Supporter $1,000

Show Your Support with a Presence at the Event

  • Logo on t-shirts
  • Access to participant resumes

Contact Us About Becoming A Sponsor:

For information about becoming a sponsor, please view the 2021 HealthHacks Packet.

To get in touch about becoming a sponsor, please contact HealthHacks at healthhacks@vcu.edu or call (804)828-0349.

2021 Partnerships

HealthHacks sponsors for the fall 2021 [View Image]


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