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Blast Off!!!!!!

2019 MedHacks hosted at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
September 27-29

Info Packet

About MedHacks 2019

Our History

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.

The MedHacks Factor

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 500 hackers 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!

Keynote Speakers

Chris Larkin is the Chief Technology Officer for Health Markets at Elsevier, a global science and health information analytics company.

Elsevier's scientific articles accounted for 25% of global research citations in 2018, and their ScienceDirect research database had 16 million monthly unique visitors. Elsevier's Health Markets division aims to create solutions to clinical problems and to empower education with innovative technologically based teaching strategies.

Chris Larkin has years of expertise in the health sciences domain. Before joining Elsevier, he was the VP for GE Digital's Predix Advanced Analytics and Data Products as well as CTO for GE Healthcare.

David West is an entrepreneur and technologist with a background in computational biology. He is the founder and CEO of Proscia. Proscia, founded in 2014, was inspired by research at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Under David’s leadership, Proscia has earned recognition as a market category leader in digital pathology, raising a total of $12.3M in funding to date. David has been recognized by Forbes 30 Under 30 as well as Inc. Magazine as one of the top 50 Global Entrepreneurs Under 25. He has a degree in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Aaron Feierstein is currently a Senior Corporate Development Advisor for Healthworx, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield’s corporate investment, corporate development and commercialization arm. In his role, Aaron is responsible for identifying disruptive healthcare startups, structuring partnerships and managing a diverse portfolio of innovation pilots. Prior to working at CareFirst, Aaron held multiple client service and business development roles after founding and selling a vending machine company in college. Aaron graduated with a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The University of Maryland at College Park. Aaron lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and dog and enjoys running, golfing and playing tennis.


Time Event Location
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
Time Event Location
12:30 AM Midnight Snack tbd
8:30 AM Breakfast tbd
12:00 PM Lunch tbd
1:00-7:00PM Workshops (TBA) tbd
3:00PM Afternoon Snack tbd
6:30 PM Dinner tbd
7:00PM Team Registration Due tbd
Time Event Location
12:30 AM Midnight Snack tbd
8:30 AM Breakfast tbd
8:30 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
2:00-3:00 PM Lunch tbd
3:00-4:00 PM Closing Ceremony Turner Auditorium


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.

Where will I sleep?

We will have sleeping rooms on site for participants to sleep in. Just be sure to bring a sleeping bag or blanket!

How do I apply?

Applications for MedHacks 2019 are open! Please sign into our application portal here.

How can I tell the status of my application or travel reimbursement application?

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.

How are admission decisions made?

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.

Who can participate in MedHacks 2019?

Almost anyone is eligible to participate in MedHacks 2019. If you are under 18, you must be a JHU affiliate to attend.

If you’re a graduate student or professional, you can choose to join MedHacks either as a participant or as a mentor!

How can I get a travel reimbursement?

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. Your reimbursement is contingent upon your submitting a valid receipt. Failure to do so will result in MedHacks’ inability to issue said reimbursement.

Apply Now


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. If you have any questions about the event or the application process, please contact us at info@medhacks.io.

The Portal

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.

Travel Reimbursements

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 at info@medhacks.io 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.

MedHacks is unable to sponsor visas.



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