MedHacks was started in 2015 with the mission to bring together talented and diverse minds from all backgrounds and foster collaboration towards solving the world’s most pressing medical issues. In the past three years, MedHacks has been attended by thousands from over 500 institutions and 30 countries, has formed partnerships with companies at the forefront of medicine and technology including Blue Cross Blue Shield, CVS Health, Google, and KPCB, and has established itself as one of the world’s most recognized and influential medical hackathons. The MedHacks brand has grown into something larger than our flagship medical hackathon with the introduction of our now annual Mini-MedHacks, a 1-day medical hackathon for Baltimore city high-school students and last spring’s China-U.S. HealthTech Forum, an event bringing together speakers such as Jim Lai, the VP of Tencent, and Lee Chang, the VP of Baidu Ventures, to talk about the global state of healthcare innovations.
We believe that the most pressing medical challenges must be solved by interdisciplinary and diverse teams of people. We don’t care about whether or not you’ve won coding competitions, or even if you’re pursuing an engineering or CS degree. You don’t need a PhD or MD to innovate in healthcare, all you need is a passion for bettering humanity.
Last year at MedHacks 2018, we hosted over 700 hackers from more than 300 schools and 15 countries, with diverse majors ranging from public health to anthropology to computer science. We had participants of all ages, including undergraduates, graduate students, MD students, nursing students, and medical professionals, come together with their diverse expertise and backgrounds to solve problems.
Part of the MedHacks experience is our track system. Before the hacking period starts, there will be an open brainstorming and ideation phase for each of the tracks, so that hackers can get ideas for their projects and meet others with similar interests. At MedHacks 2018, the tracks were Patient Safety and Quality with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and School of Nursing, Community Health Infrastructure with Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Open Science to Advance Health Equity with the Johns Hopkins Alliance for a Healthier World.
Our tracks for MedHacks 2019 will be announced soon!
|3:00-5:00 PM||Registration||Turner Auditorium Terrace|
|3:00-5:30 PM||Sponsor Fair||Turner Concourse|
|6:00-7:30 PM||Opening Ceremony||Turner Auditorium|
|7:30-8:30 PM||Dinner||Turner Concourse|
|8:30-10:30 PM||Track Pitching Session||Rooms tbd|
|10:30-12:00 AM||Team Formation and Registration||tbd|
|12:00 AM||Hacking Begins!||tbd|
|12:30 AM||Midnight Snack||tbd|
|10:00-11:15 PM||Big Data in Healthcare Panel||Turner Auditorium|
|7:00PM||Team Registration Due||tbd|
|12:30 AM||Midnight Snack||tbd|
|9:30 AM||Final Submissions Due on DevPost||tbd|
|10:00-11:45 AM||Judging Round 1||tbd|
|12:00 PM||Judging Round 1 Results||tbd|
|12:00 - 2:00 PM||Snacks and 2nd Sponsor Fair||tbd|
|12:30-2:00 PM||Judging Round 2||tbd|
|3:00-4:00 PM||Closing Ceremony||Turner Auditorium|
Applications for MedHacks 2019 are open! Please sign into our application portal here.
Sign into the MedHacks application portal here, and your application status, as well as the status of any other pending applications (travel reimbursements, etc), will be displayed on your profile page.
At least four members of the MedHacks executive team read each and every application made to MedHacks and decide as a group whether to offer acceptance to a applicant. All MedHacks admission decisions are final and we do not offer the reasoning behind any applicant's acceptance or rejection for any reason.
Anyone is eligible to participate in MedHacks 2019, however if you’re under 18, a parent or guardian must be in the Baltimore area at all times during the event. We also do not offer travel reimbursements to minors.
If you’re a graduate student or professional, you can choose to join MedHacks either as a participant or as a mentor!
If you are accepted and remarked on your application that you would need a travel reimbursement, you may be invited to apply for a travel reimbursement. In that case, sign into the MedHacks application portal and follow the links for the travel reimbursement application.
Once you are accepted for a reimbursement, you must submit a VALID receipt. Guidelines for valid receipts are here. Your reimbursement is contingent upon your submitting a valid receipt. Failure to do so will result in MedHacks’ inability to issue said reimbursement.
MedHacks receives thousands of applications from talented and diverse people all around the world every year, but unfortunately we don’t have the space to accommodate everyone who would like to attend. MedHacks prides itself on being accessible for all students, especially those without any kind of computing background, and so we try as hard as possible to reflect that in the population of participants at the event. We encourage all individuals interested in any (or all!) of the fields of medicine, technology, and entrepreneurship to apply. We’d love to have you! We follow a rolling application basis, so the earlier you apply, the more likely you’ll be able to be accepted! General applications will be closing on September 20th at 11:59 PM EST. Applications for JHU students close on September 25th at 11:59 PM EST.
This year, in order to streamline the application process, our talented team of developers have developed an application portal. Once you create an account you can submit an application, view the status of your application and view any resources.
If you are interested in receiving a travel reimbursement, you must indicate this on your application. You can then fill out travel reimbursement applications if you have indicated it on their application. We offer reimbursements in $50, $100, $250 increments depending on where you are coming from. The deadline for a National/International travel reimbursement (up to $250) is July 31st at 11:59 PM EST. The deadline for a Midwest/Regional travel reimbursement (up to $100) is August 31st at 11:59 PM EST. Additionally, we’ve previously sent buses to universities such as the University of Maryland and UMBC, and would love to consider sending to yours as well! Please contact us here if you’re interested in having a bus from your school. Please note that if your forms are not filled out correctly by the due date, you will not receive a travel reimbursement. There will be no exceptions to this rule.