Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season
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What is HealthHacks?

A medical hackathon is similar in structure to a traditional “hackathon,” however the focus is on solving medical unmet needs through any means, whether it be programming, rapid prototyping, developing flow processes, its up to you! This is the first year of HealthHacks, VCU's annual medical hackathon, which will take place on November 11 - 12 at VCU’s Monroe Park Campus in the East Engineering Building. It is a 24 hour period of intense innovation and problem solving.
The theme of this year's HealthHacks is Pediatrics:
Children differ from adults in many ways, including size, development, and body chemistry thus there is a need for medical devices designed to these unique requirements. Major medical device companies often overlook pediatrics as a viable market, and the development of pediatric devices lags behind the development of devices for adults. As a result, physicians often have to improvise solutions or adapt existing adult devices for their pediatric patients. HealthHacks 2017 will focus on solving pediatric related problems from various subspecialties.
The problems will focus on three major categories:

Product Design and Improvements




Students will form in interdisciplinary groups of  up to 4, and by the end of the 24 hour period will have a concrete solution, whether it be a rapid prototype, a solidworks 3D design, a new phone app…the options are endless. 

Have an idea for a solution to a medical problem?  Bring it.  Assemble a team while at HealthHacks and devote the hackathon to finally developing the solution.  Don't have an idea?  Come and be challenged by problems pitched from patients, medical doctors, clinicians, and biomedical engineers. Note that by attending this event, you agree to the MLH Code of Conduct (.PDF).

 In Partnership with
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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.


Saturday - November 11

  • 9:00 am - Registration
  • 9:45 am - Opening Ceremony and Problem Pitching
  • 11:00 am - Lunch and Brainstorming
  • 11:30 am - Solution Pitching and Team Formation
  • 12:00 pm - Meet with Mentor and Start Hacking
  • 3:00 pm - Guest Lecture
  • 6:00 pm - Dinner
  • 6:15 pm - Dinner Lecture
  • 8:30 pm - Student Workshop and Light Snack

Sunday - November 12

  • 12:00 am - Midnight Snack
  • 6:30 am - Coffee and Early Bird Breakfast
  • 8:30 am - Breakfast
  • 11:45 pm - Submissions Due and Hacking Ends
  • 12:00 pm - Sponsor Fair and Networking Lunch
  • 1:00 pm - Preliminary Judging
  • 2:15 - Final Judging Round
  • 3:30 pm - Awards and Closing Ceremony


Frequently Asked Questions

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 this a team event?

Yes. 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:


Event Co-Host and Keynote Speaker

  • Top T-shirt logo placement
  • Keynote speech
  • Have a dinner named after your company (Limited to 1)*

Includes all the benefits of the silver, bronze and supporter packages.


Tutorial Sessions and Tech Talks

  • Give a tech talk
  • Priority T-shirt logo placement
  • Have a lunch named after your company (Limited to 2)*

Includes all the benefits of the bronze and supporter packages.


Create a Challenge

  • Rep & booth at the event
  • Access to participants’ resumes
  • Have breakfast named after your company (Limited to 2)*

Includes all the benefits of the supporter package.


Show Your Support with a Presence at the Event

  • Logo on t-shirts
  • Judge entries

Contact Us About Becoming A Sponsor:

For information about becoming a sponsor, please view the HealthHacks Sponsorship Pamplet [Interactive Flipbook] [PDF]
To get in touch about becoming a sponsor, please contact Philip O'Connor, Corporate Relations Officer at or call (804)828-9551.

Thank you for our 2016 Sponsors!