HealthHacks is a two-day hackathon combining creative hardware and software solutions to real-world healthcare problems through innovation, creativity, and interdisciplinary teamwork.

The inaugural HealthHacks will take place at Columbia University from April 8-9, 2017 over a period of 24 hours and will start in Davis Auditorium at 8:00AM on April 8th.

HealthHacks emerged from a quest in 2017 to integrate and scale emergent health technologies to critical needs within the ecosystems of health and wellness. A team of passionate students within BMES and HTA teamed up with IBM Watson and its partner STMicroelectronics to provide novel tools for hackable discovery.

We seek to engage the talents of the HealthHackers community. They are 100 designers, students, engineers, healthcare professionals, and business experts with diverse backgrounds committed to provide scalable solutions as interdisciplinary as the teams that devise them.


Anyone from anywhere!  No hardware, coding, or biomedical experience required!

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$4,500 in prizes

First Prize

Second Prize

Third Prize

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Eileen Koski

Eileen Koski
IBM Watson

Jia Chen

Jia Chen
IBM Watson

Arthur Panov

Arthur Panov
IBM Watson

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity, Ability to Solve a Pressing Health Challenge

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