Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season


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, it's up to you! This is the second year of HealthHacks, VCU's annual medical hackathon, which will take place on November 4 - 5, 2017 at VCU’s Monroe Park Campus in the East Engineering Building. It is a 24 hour period of intense innovation and problem-solving.

Note: Participant registration for HealthHacks will close October 15th.
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. 

HealthHacks was recently featured in the news from the VCU College of Engineering. Check it out to learn a little more from the hosts and organizers of the event.

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).

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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.

Mentorship Registration


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


Saturday - November 4

9:00 am - Registration and Breakfast
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
6:00 pm - Dinner
6:15 pm - Tech Talk

Sunday - November 5

12:00 am - Midnight Snack
6:30 am - Coffee and Early Bird Breakfast
8:30 am - Breakfast
9:00 am - Workshop with Wendy Sun
11:45 am - Submissions Due and Hacking Ends
12:00 pm - Sponsor Fair and Networking Lunch
1:00 pm - Preliminary Judging
2:15 pm - 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!

2017 Winners

Congratulations to the 2017 Winners!

1st Place

Solace: A Social Network for Teens with Chronic Illness

Project: A mobile app for teens diagnosed with chronic illnesses to connect with each other and promote emotional resilience.

Sarah Poirier, Carolyn Zin, Faye Mendoza, Zachary Pottanat

2nd Place

AVM: Adjustable Vitals Monitor

Project: Our vital signs monitor senses and records SpO2, heart rate, blood pressure and temperature of an individual from their wrist or ankle (and can be moved to upper arm or leg).

Panth Doshi, Brennan Chaloux, Ian Burns, Omar Karim

3rd Place

Grow with It PVChair

Project: A width-adjustable children’s wheelchair made from materials that can be accessed in developing countries including PVC, bicycle wheels and shopping cart wheels.

Carissa Akyeampong, Konstantin Mitic, Sarah Sopher, Coleen Foley

4th Place

Myo Music Therapy

Project: Utilization of the Myo armbands to stimulate senses in children with hand amputations and congenital hand diseases through music

Victoria Wagner, Eun Yi, Zachary Clement

Best Domain Name

Project: A Twitterbot using Natural Language Processing that assists with coordinated disaster relief and communication for civilians and relief agencies.

Nirmala Shivakumar, Yaxiaer Atajiang, Kyle Hammerschmidt, Ravi Shankar

Best Use of Amazon Web Services

Project: A Twitterbot using Natural Language Processing that assists with coordinated disaster relief and communication for civilians and relief agencies.

Nirmala Shivakumar, Yaxiaer Atajiang, Kyle Hammerschmidt, Ravi Shankar

Best IoT Hack with Qualcomm Dragonboard

Low Cost Electronic Medical Record

Project: A low-cost, centralized medical records server for implementation in developing countries. Uses Dragonboard.

Tien Comlekoglu, Zuhayr Shaikh, Robert Burris


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.