To innovate solutions for medicine
April 6-7th, 2021: Free Virtual Biotechnology Hackathon
ORGANIZED BY: RIA MOHAN, MONISHA KROTHAPALLI, PIYA MODALAVALASA
CHALLENGE: Diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of a chosen mental or physical illness. Choose a specific stage of the healthcare process (diagnosis, treatment, or recovery) and apply biotechnology to a specific physical illness (ex. Covid-19, cancer, tuberculosis) or mental disorder (ex. depression, anxiety, PTSD) to develop an idea that will help the general public, assist healthcare workers, or ease patients.
PROBLEM STATEMENT: This ongoing pandemic has caused doctors and health care professionals around the world to be overworked and understaffed. The lack of in-person interactions abruptly forced our society to shift to a digital means of communication, making the provision of healthcare very difficult. Technology is an evolving, vital asset that can be used to solve a wide range of medical problems through unique solutions that anyone, including you, can develop.
TARGET AUDIENCE: This hackathon is targeted towards middle and high schoolers, to assist aspiring young adults in leaving a positive impact on their communities. This hackathon will motivate bright minds, regardless of background, to innovate and implement much needed change in our world.
RULES & PRIZES
- Competitors can compete as individuals or form teams of 2-5 students in grades 8-12
- Students from any region or school district are eligible to compete
- This hackathon is open to students from all countries! While international participants (outside of the U.S.) will not be able to receive physical prizes due to shipping restrictions, they can still win monetary prizes.
Code of Conduct:
- Winner selection by the committee is final
- Plagiarism is not acceptable and participants who are found to have plagiarized will be disqualified
- All research must be properly cited (APA Format)
- Participants are expected to behave in a civil manner and keep language appropriate for a work environment
- All work has to be original and be conducted with no outside help
- Participants must maintain an inclusive and respectful environment for all students
- Mental illness category:
- 1st place – $250
- 2nd place – $150
- 3rd place – $100
- Physical illness category:
- 1st place – $250
- 2nd place – $150
- 3rd place – $100
- Most creative project:
- CircuitScribe Drones
- Raffle prizes: PocketLab Voyager & PocketLab Air
If teams are within the top three places, monetary amounts will be given to teams, as a whole, not to individual members. In the case of the most creative project, each member will receive a drone. Finally, we will be holding a raffle to win sensors from PocketLab. Each workshop/keynote speaker session you participate in, counts as an additional entry for this raffle!
Participants are expected to agree to and follow the code of conduct, liability and protection, and parental consent form upon registration.
Participants are NOT required to do any preliminary work before the hackathon, however we strongly recommend that competitors formulate an idea about their proposed solution. The main incentive behind releasing the challenge now is for competitors to have ample time to identify a problem in the healthcare industry and start thinking of solutions to pitch to judges. It’s up to participants to decide on when to get started on their presentations and prototype.
Required Deliverables for Project Eligibility:
Video showing the presentation and prototype: Competitors must submit a video to verbally explain the proposed solution and show off the prototype.
Maximum time limit for each video: 8 mins
- Presentation: The presentation should explain the targeted problem and proposed solution. Competitors must describe how their solution works, how it’s better than current solutions tackling this problem, and any other related information (how much would it cost, does it require specialized equipment or training to handle, etc). The presentation should market the proposed solution and entice the judges.
- Any platform for this presentation can be used: PowerPoint, Prezi, Google Slides, Sway, etc. Click here for a sample presentation template Software programs can be coded in any language
- Prototype: The prototype is meant to serve as a preview to demonstrate what the proposed solution would become if it were to be fully rendered out. The prototype format is up to competitors (can be a physical or digital model/software programs). Examples of prototypes include websites, apps, running programs, etc.
- Software programs can be coded in any language
- Dr. Thomas J. Lynch Jr. is a world-renowned scientist, highly respected oncologist and the president and director of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
- Representatives from C2 Education, an organization that provides academic support to aspiring students
- Zac Dell’Acqua, a representative from Labster, an educational technology company that creates virtual science labs for high school and college students. You’ll leave inspired and possibly able to see your own future in the life-changing fields of STEM!
- Adnan Siddiquie and Elyasse El Yacoubi both work with start-ups and encourage youth in running their own businesses
- Engineering panel from Estes Rockets, an aerospace engineering company centered on innovation and creativity
- Gene-editing Q&A workshop from Karina Barbosa, a graduate of Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Institution
- Asad Faizi, founder and CEO of the Seattle tech start-up CloudPlex
- Dr. Ee Phie Tan, postdoctoral fellow in the Hansen Lab at Sanford Burnham and Stephen Sakuma, a graduate at Sanford Burnham, will lead a workshop on career trajectories
- Emily Deffenbaugh from Sam Labs will be running an interactive workshop where hackers can learn to build using virtual tools
- Emily Knoppert, an educator and writer, will host a workshop on writing winning college essays! Attend to better understand the college application process from an experienced college counselor
- Dr. Hilton Kaplan, a distinguished reconstructive surgeon, remarkable biomedical engineer, and research scientist
- Lena-Phuong Tran, the program associate of Stem Paths Innovation Network, which helps students pursue opportunities in the STEM fields
- Dr. Purnima Patel, an internal medicine doctor at Providence Medical Group