BCRegMed and the Centre for Biomedical Research at the University of Victoria are proud to host the 2nd annual health and regenerative medicine themed Hackathon! After a very successful first Hackathon at UVic last year, we are making this year even bigger! With a cross-campus Hackathon happening between UVic and UBC!
Hackathons are focused events which bring together interdisciplinary teams to develop innovative solutions to front-line healthcare problems. We are currently looking for challenges to be solved by our hackers at this exciting event. The challenges will be drawn from health-related needs in the local community and health care facilities and local teams of hackers will develop innovative solutions to these challenges.
What is a Hackathon? :
A ‘traditional’ hackathon is an event where programmers get together for a short period of time to collaborate on a project. Typically, participants have 24-48 hours to consecutively work on the challenge with the goal of delivering a completed product/project at the end of that time period.
What makes a Health Hackathon unique? :
There are several properties of a Health Hackathon that differentiate it from a more traditional hackathon:
Event Format: Hackers, mentors, and judges will be recruited over the summer to participate in our event. September 6th is our kick-off event to be held at UBC AND the University of Victoria. During the Kickoff, we will present the challenges to the hackers and enable them to create teams. . The teams will have until the hacking weekend to think about their approach to challenges. During this period, we will have a team of mentors who will answer questions about the challenges during that time. The Hackathon itself will take place October 4th-6th (location TBD) with the solutions being judged on Sunday, and an awards ceremony to follow.
Call for Challenges: We are seeking a diverse array of health related challenges that can be addressed by groups of hackers in a one month time period as part of our Hackathon! These challenges can addressed through a variety of engineering disciplines, including biomedical, electrical, mechanical, and software engineering. See below for the event time line. Preference will be given to projects with strong in-kind support through either mentorship or donation of supplies or resources. The challenges should be no longer than 750 words in length.
Last year’s challenges
Challenge #1 Novel sieving device for separating microspheres
Challenge #2 Non-agitating device for patients living with dementia
Challenge #3 Developing terminal devices for prostheses
Challenge #4 Forensic Nurse Examination Program (Paging system)
Challenge #5 Real-time Fall Prediction & Prevention in Hospitalized Patients
Deadline for challenge submission: July 31st, 2019.
Want to sponsor this event? Please contact our program manager Lisa Borecky; firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-675-8000 Ext. 7764.