Global Health Hackathon

How to Apply


As COVID-19 creates unprecedented challenges that have never been seen before, Emory University and Georgia Tech communities have the opportunity to help. The Emory Global Health Institute, the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech & Emory, CREATE X, and the Emory University School of Medicine partnered to host a virtual hackathon with students from both universities to pursue solutions to challenging problems sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Register by May 7, 2020 by 12:00 PM 

All teams will compete in Round 1, and finalists will move forward to Round 2. 

Round 1: May 8 - 10, 2020

Students will explore COVID-19-related problems, and develop a clear design for solving a problem. 

Round 2: May 11 - 16, 2020 

Finalists will work on refining the project design and presentation of the solution. 

Frequently Asked Questions

A hackathon is a building sprint where teams of students and community members build new products or hack at an existing problem. The event engages design, development, and marketing talent, and allows students to discover solutions that work. Participants pitch final projects at the end of a specified period to a panel of university and community leaders in hopes of creating the winning solution to help beat a specific problem.

In Round 1, students will explore COVID-19-related problems, and develop a clear design for solving a problem.  The deliverables include a PowerPoint and video describing the problem and solution.

In Round 2, finalists will work on refining the project design and presentation of the solution. The deliverables include a PowerPoint and video describing the project and the plan to make it a market-ready product

Yes, the hackathon will be entirely virtual. We will heavily rely on Devpost, and will also be using Google Drive, Slack and Zoom.

The hackathon is open to undergraduate or graduate students from Emory University and Georgia Tech (including May 2020 graduates). Each team can have up to 6 students and must include at least one from Emory University and at least one from Georgia Tech. Please note: you cannot work alone!

Multidisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged, and will be incentivized during judging!

Make sure to use your Emory or GT email address upon registration. If you are a May 2020 graduate, please indicate this in your Devpost profile and on the Hack Team Form.

Inegligble:

- Alumni from Emory or GT, unless graduating May 2020 (right before hackathon)

- Incoming Fall 2020 Emory or GT students 

- Anyone who is not a current student or May 2020 graduate. 

- People working alone - you must have a team!

Competition Rounds

All teams will compete in Round 1, and finalists will move forward to Round 2. 

Round 1: May 8 - 10, 2020 | Students will explore COVID-19-related problems, and develop a clear design for solving a problem. 
  • Deliverable: PPT and video describing the problem and solution.
  • Submission Deadline: Sunday, May 10, 8 AM
  • Judging: Review of online submission.
  • Selection of Finalists: Monday, May 11 by 5 PM

Round 2: May 11 - 16, 2020 | Finalists will work on refining the project design and presentation of the solution. 

  • Deliverable: PPT + video describing the project and the plan to make it a market-ready product.
  • Submission Deadline: Friday, May 15, 2020 by 12 PM
  • Judging: Review of online submission + live Q&A with judges via Zoom on Sat, May 16, 2020 at 12 PM
  • Selection of Winners: Saturday, May 16, 2020 by 3 PM

Deadlines

  • Registration Deadline // Thursday, May 7, 2020 // 12 PM
  • Start of Hackathon // Friday, May 8, 2020 // 8 AM
  • Round 1 Submission Deadline // Sunday, May 10, 2020 // 8 AM
  • Selection of Finalists // Monday, May 11, 2020 // 3 PM
  • Round 2 Submission Deadline  // Friday, May 15, 2020 // 12 PM
  • Round 2 Live Q&A with Judges // Saturday, May 16, 2020 // 12 PM
  • Selection of Winners // Saturday, May 16, 2020 // 3 PM

  1. Create Devpost account + profile - *must write Emory or GT in your Devpost bio.
  2. Register for EGHI/GT HACK COVID-19 - *must use your Emory or GT email address.
  3. Receive registration confirmation email.
  4. Form teams using the Participants page on Devpost or Slack or HERE - *cannot work alone.
  5. Review tracks, and determine specific problem to address.
  6. Submit Hack Team Form once team is complete & problem is selected - deadline: May 8, 2020 // 6 PM.

  • Transmission/Personal Protective Equipment
  • Social Distancing
  • Workplace Impact
  • Supply Chain
  • Healthcare Delivery
  • Testing
  • Contact Tracing
  • Other
  • More details here.

Realness of Problem

Has the team verified that this is a real problem? Has the verification come from talking to real customers and users? The more non-obvious the problem is, the better.

Magnitude of Problem/Impact

How big is the problem? How many people is it likely to impact? How often does the problem occur for those people? Where would this problem rank in terms of severity for the people targeted? The bolder the problem, the better.

Innovation/Creativity of Solution

Is the solution to the problem creative/innovative? Is a unique approach used to solve the problem? Has the team learned anything interesting about what the design should be based on the unique needs of the users/customers?

Viability of Solution

What is the confidence level for the design working? Is there a clear pathway from where the design currently is to a prototype & eventually to a product? Is it feasible & practical? How quickly can the solution be built?

Delivery of Pitch

Does your PPT and video fully explain all details pertaining to your problem and solution? Do the judges have a clear idea of your problem and solution.

Each winning team will receive a $10,000 cash prize, the opportunity to take their solution to market through Georgia Tech’s CREATE-X Startup Launch accelerator, and other potential investment opportunities.

Students will register individually on Devpost. There will be an opportunity between registration and the end of the first day of the hackathon to form teams using the participants page on Devpost. You can simply review bios of other participants and send a team request.

If you already have a team, please go ahead and register individually. You can then complete the Hack Team Form to let us know your team members and the problem you selected.

No, you must work with a team of up to 6 people, at least one team member from Emory University and one from Georgia Tech. If you are unable to find a team using the Devpost participants page or Slack, please email eghi.gt.hack@gmail.com.

No, every team must be made up of Emory University or Georgia Tech students only (including May 2020 graduates).  Each team must have at least one student from each school.

Participants from other schools or alumni (aside from May 2020 grads) are not eligible to participate. Incoming fall 2020 students are also not eligible.

CREATE-X Startup Launch is a 12-week accelerator program that will occur virtually this summer. Once Startup Launch begins this summer, each winning HACK COVID-19 team will automatically receive a $4,000 grant, as well as legal, accounting, design, and cloud computing services.

Yes, you can still compete for the cash prize even if you already have a place in the Startup Launch accelerator.