Imagine if we could apply the ingenuity powering today’s most revolutionary technology to the most universal human challenge: health. Imagine a place where the future of medical innovation is being decided and technological boundaries are being redefined.

MedHacks is the place.

MedHacks 2016, the premier medical hackathon at Johns Hopkins University, focuses on innovating at the crossroads of medical entrepreneurship and technological development. It’s a place where today’s brightest minds are empowered to design tomorrow’s greatest innovations.

We're selecting the top young technologists, scientists, and engineers from around the country, and giving them 36 hours to build amazing things together. Against the backdrop of one of the world’s leaders in medical innovation - Johns Hopkins University - hackers across all disciplines will unite in Baltimore, meet with experts in every part of the medical field, and develop their solutions to global healthcare problems. At the end of the weekend-long event, teams will have the opportunity to present their projects. Winners will be chosen by a distinguished board of judges.



In order to attend, hackers must register on High school students, undergraduates, graduates, and professionals are all welcome to attend.

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$18,400 in prizes

First Place Winner

$750 and 1st place MLH Medal to the overall best team!

Second Place Winner

$500 and 2nd place MLH Medal for the overall second best team.

Third Place Winner

$250 and 3rd place MLH Medal for the the overall third best team.

TMC Innovation Prize

Advancement into final round of the TMCx accelerator
Access to Digital Health cohort curriculum in Spring 2017

Best Use of Data for Medicine

Redox Engine T Shirts for every team member

Also, Redox cerificates + T shirts (“Shirtificates”) will be given to any team member using Redox Engine.

Best Leap Motion Hack

6 Leap Motion Controllers to the team that makes the best use of Leap Motion technology in their hack.

Wolfram's Best Tech Award (10)

Awarded to the top 10 finalists.

1-Year Subscription to Computational Knowledge Engine, Wolfram|Alpha Pro, 1-Year of Wolfram Development Platform (Developer Level), including 10,000
monthly Cloud Credits, 5 GB Cloud Storage, 1000 Wolfram|Alpha API calls monthly, Instant Form development, and customizable URLS.

HackHarassment Swag Bag

Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment.

Collector's Edition of Watch Dogs 2

Everything is part of the internet of things now - from your phone to your fitness band to your thermostat. Build a hack that utilizes private data being collected from your devices, and show how you can turn potential vulnerabilities into something constructive.

Best Use of AWS

1 TB Hard Drives

Best Domain Name from Swag Bags

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Mark Shelhamer, ScD

Mark Shelhamer, ScD
Former Chief Scientist at NASA's Human Research Program and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins Medicine

Teresa N. Clark, MPH, MBA

Teresa N. Clark, MPH, MBA
Vice President of Clinical Affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Elizabeth Galbut

Elizabeth Galbut
Founding Partner at Sogal Ventures and A-Level Capital

Ferdinand Hui, MD

Ferdinand Hui, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science at Johns Hopkins Medicine

Jaideep Sundaram

Jaideep Sundaram
Clinical Informatics Engineer at MedImmune/ AstraZeneca

Patrick M. Boyle, PhD.

Patrick M. Boyle, PhD.
Assistant Research Professor at the Institute for Computational Medicine of Johns Hopkins University

Judging Criteria

  • Medical Impact
  • Innovation
  • User Experience
  • Functionality
  • Presentation

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