George Hacks empowers students to revolutionize the way they view their education and their role in the workforce. We are teaching the language of innovation and providing a platform for the next generation of students to think outside the box, find solutions to their challenges, and have confidence in their skillset. We’re bridging the divide between majors in traditional education, teaching students to work together to achieve revolutionary goals.
The Annual GW Hacks Medical Solutions innovation competition is a 24-hour ‘hackathon’ style event that challenges interdisciplinary teams of two to four. This year, pitches encompass three themes.
As a participant, you and your team will be creating a solution to your chosen pitch. Depending on the pitch, your solution may be an app, a device, a marketing strategy, etc. Near the end of the 24-hour ‘hacking’ period, you will present your solution to a panel of judges.
In order to facilitate your design thinking on the first day, we will provide mentors from a variety of professional backgrounds in medical technology.
During the opening ceremony, each participating organization will present their pitch. After the presentations are done, you and your team will rank your top 3 choices and pitches will be assigned shortly after.
There are two ways to form a team: 1) Create a team of 2-4 people prior to the event or 2) you can find a team during registration. In either case, each participant must sign up using the link at the top of this page by the January 22nd 11:59pm deadline.
There will be four (4) prizes this year: 1) Best Overall Solution, 2) Best Demo, 3) Best Pitch, and 4) Audience Choice. Judging will consist of two parts: the Demo round and the Pitch round, both taking place on January 27th.
The Demo Round will be a presentation of work spanning 10 minutes held on the hacking floor. We understand that there are many ways to effectively present an idea, so there are no official requirements for the presentation materials. You may choose to make a powerpoint, perform a device demonstration, walk the judges through a diagram etc.
The Pitch Round will be a different process from the Demo round, as each group will have the opportunity to present their solution in a pitch format. Students will have 8 minutes to present with a 2-minute Q&A period. These presentations will be more entrepreneurship and business heavy, with a focus on: go-to market strategy and business development.
Judging criteria will be handed out the day-of. We will have mentors available throughout the event and a How to Pitch Your Idea Workshop to help prepare you for this round.
Best Overall will be decided by the highest aggregate score between the Demo and Pitch rounds. Audience Choice will be a simple majority-rules vote by the hackers, mentors, and judges during the pitch round.
A hackathon is an innovation competition where students compete to develop a solution to a technical problem. Students will have 24 hours to design, build, and present their solution.
Attendees must be an undergraduate student enrolled in a college or university. All majors are welcome! We encourage you to form a team from a variety of majors. The goal of our organization is to facilitate interdisciplinary approaches to technical problems faced by our participating organizations dedicated to social change in medicine and health. A wide-range of skills sets is most often required to optimize social impact.
Yes! Feel free to form a team prior to the event or come meet students from a variety of backgrounds and we’ll help you form a team.
If you’re planning to find a team prior to the event, you can still go ahead and sign up now as registration is done independently. Teams of 2-4 are allowed.
Yes! Graduate students are not allowed to compete; however, we encourage graduate students to participate as mentors. If you are interested, please email our Technical Director, Brianna Cathey, at email@example.com.
No, please provide your own transportation.
Hack through the night! We will provide a quiet room so make sure to bring a sleeping bag or pillow if you would like to nap.
It doesn't! George Hacks is free for all participants. (You even get free food, coffee, and gear!)
Bring a valid student ID & a sleeping bag if you plan to stay the night. Feel free to bring any supplies you may need, such as a laptop.
No, you do not need to know how to code to do well at this event as it’s not a traditional hackathon. The pitches will span a variety of skill sets.
No, mentors, workshops, brainstorming supplies, and technical supplies (hardware and construction materials) will all be provided to participants.
No, pitches will be released the day of the event during opening ceremonies.
No, fun activities, informative workshops, and lots of food breaks will be provided throughout the event.
Judging criteria will be made available to all participants at the start of the event.
Prizes will be announced at least one week before the event. In addition to prizes, each of the top three teams will receive medals.
Yes, our event will be governed by MLH’s Code of Conduct.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The George Hacks team partners with organizations whose missions aid in the advancement of medical technology and healthcare solutions. We are proud to be sponsored by corporations in the medical device and medical innovation industry that are dedicated to supporting the professional and educational advancement of the students that come to our events.
For more information about the George Hacks organization and sponsorship opportunities, please view our one-pager.
Pitch Title: Adapting Assistive Devices for Use in Burundian Refugee Camp in Tanzania
Team Members: Erin Flynn, Steven Brunetto, Logan Bartholomew, Joseph Espy
Pitch Title: Smart Hospital Technology to Improve Patient Mood and Satisfaction
Team Members: Alexandra Kaplan, Natalie Zukoff, Sayna Matinrazm, Ngozi Ihenacho
Pitch Title: Reverse View Camera for Wheelchairs
Team Member Names: Shirali Nigam, Bianca Karpinecz, Patrycja Mikolajczyk
Check in will be at 9:00 AM on March 24 in GW's Science and Engineering Hall
|9:45 AM||Opening ceremony Lehman Auditorium||B1|
|11:00 AM||Team formation and pitch selection||SEH Overflow|
|11:30 AM||Grab lunch and start hacking||B1|
|1:00 PM||Intro to Ardunio Workshop|
|2:00 PM||Intro to Web Development|
|9:00 PM||Workshops and snacks||B1|
|12:00 AM||Midnight Snacks||SEH Overflow|
|6:30 AM||Coffee and early bird breakfast||B1|
|11:00 AM||First Round Judging||Lehman Auditorium|
|2:00 PM||Final Round Judging||Lehman Auditorium|
|3:00 PM||Awards and closing ceremony||Lehman Auditorium|