MedHacks

MedHacks 2.0

Ready to change the future of healthcare?

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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.

Hackers across all disciplines, skill levels, and locations will unite to meet with the experts in every part of the medical field here at Johns Hopkins to develop their solutions to healthcare problems across the globe. 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.


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.

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.

How will I get there?

MedHacks is able to offer a limited number of travel grants for participants coming from outside the Baltimore Metropolitan area. If you are in need of assistance in attending MedHacks, and live outside the Baltimore area, please send an email to travel@medhacks.org.

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'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.