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. The fifth annual event will take place on March 27–28, 2021 at the Monroe Park Campus in the College of Engineering’s East Hall building.
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
8 a.m.: Doors Open, Registration
10 a.m.: Opening Ceremony and Problem Pitching
11 a.m.: Team Formation and Brainstorming
3 p.m.: Workshop 1: TBD
6 p.m.: Dinner
7 p.m.: Workshop 2: TBD
9 p.m.: Mini-event 1
Sunday, March 28, 2021
12 a.m.: Midnight Pizza
8:30 a.m.: Breakfast
11:45 a.m.: Submissions Due
1 p.m.: Sponsor Open Display
2 p.m.: Judging Begins
3 p.m.: Mini-event 2
4 p.m.: Awards Ceremony and Closing
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?
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.
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.