What is a healthcare hackathon?
A Hackathon is an event in which people with different backgrounds and expertise form teams, collaborate within a limited time frame, and focus on a specific problem or idea in healthcare to come up with innovative, disruptive ideas and solutions. By bringing together diverse minds alike in their interest for solving healthcare’s biggest challenges, problems can be diagnosed from multiple different perspectives. Watch this video from the last year’s GrandHack to feel the passion of MIT Healthcare Grandhack here!

What is the NYC Grand Hack?
MIT Hacking Medicine is ecstatic to partner with Mt Sinai Department of Rehabilitation and Human Performance and bring THE health hackathon of all health hackathons to you November 16th to 18th, for the first time in New York City! Last May, 400+ innovators gathered in the MIT Media Lab to create disruptive solutions to healthcare. We’re hard at work to make #NYCGrandHack2018 even better. Interested in innovating for healthcare’s toughest pain points? This is the weekend to meet, ideate, and hack with hundreds of like-minded entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, and healthcare professionals. Come hack in this year’s 3 healthcare tracks with us!

How can I get involved?
The application for attending the NYC Grand Hack is now online! Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Upon acceptance, we’ll route you to an eventbrite for RSVP purposes

Is the event free?
Yes! Participating in the NYC Grand Hack is free but everyone is required to apply and be accepted due to a limited number of spots.

What are tracks and which should I participate in?
There are 3 tracks at the NYC Grand Hack. Participants form teams with other people in their track and get judged by a panel of experts in that area of healthcare. Applicants get admitted into a track and even though your project may fit into more than one theme, you can only give a final presentation in one track. The 3 tracks are very diverse and there is something for everyone.

What should I bring to the hackathon? Will hacking resources be provided?
Participants need only bring their laptops. If you have resources at home (arduinos, circuit boards, other rapid prototyping materials) that you think will be useful for your project, you’re welcome to bring them. Stay tuned as we release more resources from our sponsors throughout the next few weeks!

What materials should I bring?
Bring whatever you think will be useful, whether that’s a laptop, a tablet, a smartphone, hardware tools, etc. Typically hack participants have brought their own computers and tablet/smartphone devices to play with, but bring whatever you think you will need!

Am I going to be placed on a team or am I some version of a free agent?
A little bit of both. After hearing all of the pitches, teams will start to form organically based on people who want to work on the same idea that was pitched. You can join a team around someone else’s pitch or form a team around something you pitched.

What’s expected from participants in this event? I want to make sure I am well prepared as my idea is in actual “idea” stage.
Participants are expected to come ready to participate – you can either pitch a “pain point” for 60 seconds or join a team once teams begin forming.

Where is the event located?
The event is located at 1468 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10037.

Will food be provided?
A light breakfast and lunch will be provided both Saturday and Sunday, as well as a light dinner on Saturday. We encourage you to bring snacks if you have special dietary restrictions as we will have limited options.

Will accommodation/transportation be arranged for us?
For those in need of a US visa, we can help with writing a visa letter. However, unless otherwise noted, you are responsible for your own lodging and transportation to and from the event. Unfortunately, we do not offer travel reimbursements for the NYC Grand Hack. We accept a large number of participants from around the world each year and we cannot offer reimbursements for everyone. Transportation within New York City is very reasonable with subways, buses, and Uber.

Can you recommend any lodging near MIT?
We encourage non-local participants to book their hotel rooms early. You can try using Pineapple Pair, Airbnb, Priceline, or other travel-related websites.

When is the application deadline?
The deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 31th @11:59pm ET. However, admissions are sent out on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to get your application in as early as possible.

When will I hear back?
We review applications regularly as they come in. However, given the large volume of applications, it may take 2-3 weeks after your application submission for us to get back to you.

For any other questions about the application process, please email nycgrandhack2018@mit.edu