HackGT is proud to present HealthTech - a hackathon centered around the wellbeing of individuals. Participants of this event will find solutions to a variety of problems that affect everyday health. We've partnered with organizations and nonprofits to create custom challenges that you can tackle! Think you have what it takes to help millions of people around the world? Apply today!
Mental health problems are some of the most common issues that are present throughout the world today. These problems can range from dealing with stress to certain disorders that affect daily lifestyles. Within this track, you will design solutions that improve the lifestyle of those affected by mental health issues.
It is essential that inpatients have the best possible experience during their stay in hospitals. In order to achieve this, hospitals must maintain the upmost standards in terms of sanitation, efficiency, and service. Participants within this track will design solutions that help keep these standards in the hospital.
Maintaining a fitness routine is essential to living a healthy life. What's equally as important is that individuals must fuel their body with the right nutrients in order to keep their bodies in optimal shape; however, many people today face obstacles that keep them from receiving the necessary food. Within this track, participants will find ways to create a food and nutrition narrative: a new paradigm or a remaking of old ones that prioritizes and respects the central position of healthy, tasty, fair food in the human experience.
Women's and reproductive health is often stigmatized and overlooked in numerous fields of health. They require different medical needs from men, and the PCOS Awareness organization is looking to bridge the gap and raise awareness. Participants in this track will help find ways to raise this awareness and to look for better ways to serve women's medical needs.
Access to healthcare is limited in rural and less developed areas around the country and the world. It is important to expand access to quality healthcare in these areas, which could mean developing new technologies and infrastructure to expand the range of current medical services. Participants within this track will design solutions that increase access to healthcare, and/or find ways to make healthcare more affordable.
A hackathon is an invention marathon where people work in groups to build hardware and software projects ranging from simple websites to motion controlled drones. At this hackathon, you will be working in teams of up to four people to create projects within our tracks.
HealthTech is modeled after the tech industry’s “hackathon” and aims to foster collaboration among students from various disciplines by uniting them for their passion within the healthcare fields. Students will work with nonprofit organizations to solve pressing problems — from mental health to geriatrics – faced by these groups in order to make a tangible impact within in their community. Apply now!
As long as the deliverable is a solution to the question posed and possesses a technical component, it will be accepted! When judging, we will consider technical competence (is the solution efficient?), innovation (is the solution exploratory?), functionality (is the solution effective?), and overall presentation.
Some examples of accepted projects are:
Submit your project before the deadline on March 14th. Then, there is a half-hour screening before judging where we check to make sure that your project was submitted correctly and that it is a completed product.
If you experience any technical difficulties during submission, please reach out within 5 minutes of the deadline - there is a half-hour period between the submission deadline and the start of judging for this purpose. If a staff member does not respond within those 5 minutes, please do not be concerned. As long as you sent a message within 5 minutes of the deadline, we will see the timestamp and you will not be penalized.
After the screening period is completed, you will be notified if your project passed. In that case, you will be connected to a judge to present your solution. HackGT will be offering a "How to Present Your Project" Workshop on Sunday to offer suggestions on communicating with the judges, where we can further answer any questions on the rubric.
A detailed rubric will be released once hacking begins Saturday, March 13th so that you can tailor your solutions with the final judging in mind.
If you fill out the hardware reimbursement form before the end of the first day of hacking (so prior to Sunday, March 14) then you will be eligible for a $50 reimbursement of any purchases related to your project. The form will ask that you give a general idea of your project as-is, and what hardware you'll be using. Don't worry if it changes, you won't be penalized for adapting your idea - we just want to know that you had something in mind for the hardware purchase. Once you submit your final project at the event, there will be an initial screening process. Consider it as a sort of "quality check", making sure that you submitted all the parts and that it's an actual project. If you do all that, whether or not you win any prize, you will receive reimbursement for your hardware!
We will have a virtual mixer at the start of the event to help you find a team! Additionally, we will be making a Facebook group for attendees to share their ideas and find a team before the event.
Health Tech will begin Saturday, March 13, 2021 and will end Sunday, March 14, 2021.
The event will be held virtually .
Make sure to have a laptop, charger, headphones, and lots of snacks.
Any student over the age of 18 is allowed to participate. Teams can be up to four members - you can register with your team when you apply, any time after you're accepted, or create a team at the event! If you are younger than 18, but a Georgia Tech student, you can still participate.
Unfortunately, since the event will be virtual we will be unable to provide any materials or hardware, but you are welcome to use anything you have access to. However, we have a reimbursement policy for any hardware you purchase. If you are interested, fill out this form.