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What if the most creative minds channeled their focus into solving the most impactful problems of today? Imagine if we could apply the ingenuity that powers the most profound technology into the most fundamental of all human concerns: health. MedHacks is the start. Join us for our medical hackathon at the world’s pinnacle of medical care - Johns Hopkins University.

Experts and students in the field of medicine will meet to identify healthcare problems across the globe.

Hackers from all disciplines, skill levels, and locations will unite to develop solutions to these problems.


For 36 hours, these hackers and doctors will bring their ideas to fruition. At the end of the event, they will have the opportunity to present their solutions to the judges and the world.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a place where people learn, play, and make. A hackathon is where people perform superhuman feats and solve problems in short periods of time. Hackathons are likely the most exciting thing you don't know too much about.

But more broadly defined, a hackathon is a multi-day event where people come together, ideate, and work intensively on ideas and products.

Why MedHacks?

MedHacks is a student-run event that focuses on innovating at the crossroads of medical entrepreneurship and technological development.

By working together for the weekend, hackers at MedHacks will gain unique opportunities to learn from each other and from experts at the forefronts of medicine and technology – integrating their learning into real solutions to pressing medical challenges.

What is a Medical Hackathon?

Drawing on the popular concept of hackathons being held around the world, we are challenging innovators of all backgrounds to design solutions to the most pressing medical issues of our day, by working with a team for 36 hours. Hackers will learn together, design together, eat together, and code together before presenting their finished product (together) to a panel of judges.

But I know nothing about health/coding?!

If you don't know about health or engineering, don’t worry - learning is a huge part of the MedHacks experience. We will have workshops on all subjects and mentors to answer questions and help out teams. Come with an open mind, you'll work with a great team, learn a lot, and most importantly, have fun.

Where will I sleep?

For those coming in from out of town, we recommend you bring a sleeping bag and basic toiletries. If hotels sound better than a floor, the Doubletree Colonnade is a two-minute walk. Other hotels in the Inner Harbor area are reachable by cab.

Does MedHacks have a Code of Conduct?

Yes, we do! All participants must follow the MLH Code of Conduct at MedHacks.

What if I have more questions?

We're always open at info@medhacks.org. Send us an email, and we'll help you out :)

I just got in, now what?

Congrats, we're super excited to see you soon!

For more information about the day itself, check out our information page for important news, updates, and everything else you'll need on the day of the event!

I'm not a student, can I still get involved?

Of course! We are looking for talented and qualified mentors, speakers, and sponsors in tech, entrepreneurship, medicine, and their intersection. We're always looking for new people to get involved, so shoot us an email at info@medhacks.org and we'll be in touch.

Who can participate?

Any student, anywhere. Anyone can make an impact - hackathons produce "hackers", not the other way around. Students - both at the undergraduate and graduate level - with engineering, medical, and entrepreneurial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for a spot at MedHacks 2016.

What can I win?

It's not about winning - it's about learning, having fun, and starting the renaissance of medical innovation! In addition, winners will be chosen by a judging panel based on criteria such as technical difficulty, creativity, and impact. Many sponsors will also give out cool prizes for hacks that excel in specific categories.

Does MedHacks offer travel reimbursements?

There are four categories. Local is within 25 miles of Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus (except UMBC/College Park).

Persons traveling from UMD College Park or UMBC will be eligible for our MedHacks bus.

Regional includes the Northeast and some parts of the South and Midwest where traveling is $50 or less (i.e. BoltBus and MegaBus). We have a limited amount of regional travel reimbursements, but there is no screening (just first come first serve). Those driving to MedHacks should apply for a regional travel reimbursement.

National students (coming from locations where costs to travel to MedHacks significantly exceeds $50), and International persons will fill out a scholarship application. Scholarship applications will be reviewed by the MedHacks team, and some students will receive a scholarship.

Here is our Travel Reimbursement Guide that contains more information.

Please email travel@medhacks.org if you have any other questions.

I'm interested in sponsoring. Where can I get more information?

We have a number of sponsorship tiers available. In addition, we have also created a brochure detailing the attendance data from 2015 and our vision for the future. If you have any other questions, we are open at sponsors@medhacks.org.