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 last year’s Hackathon@SG to feel the passion of MIT Hacking Medicine!

What is the MIT Hacking Medicine Robotics?

MIT Hacking Medicine is ecstatic to bring this exciting health hackathon to you on February 10-12, in the tech heaven of Singapore. Last year 1100 innovators gathered to create disruptive solutions to healthcare. We’re hard at work to make this year’s #HackingMedSG even better. Interested in innovating for healthcare’s pain points with the help of social robots? This is the weekend to meet, ideate, and hack with dozens of like-minded entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, and healthcare professionals. Come hack in this year’s hackathon with us!

How can I get involved?

Fill out the application! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Is the event free?

Yes! Participating in the Hackathon is free but everyone is required to apply and be accepted due to a limited number of spots.

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.

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 SGInnovate located?

SGInnovate is located at 32 Carpenter St. 

Where can I park?

There are streetside parking lot and an open air carpark along Carpenter Street. Covered parking is available across the street at Central Mall.

How do I connect to a wireless network during the hackathon?

Wifi connections will be available. Details will be provide onsite.

Will food be provided?

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided on all days. We encourage you to bring snacks if you have special dietary restrictions as we will have limited options. There are many surrounding food places at Clarke Quay Central mall on Eu Tong Sen St.

Will accommodation/transportation be arranged for us?

Unless otherwise informed by us, you are responsible for your own travel expenses, lodging and transportation to and from Singapore. Transportation within Singapore is very reasonable with subways (MRT), buses, taxis, Grab, and Uber. Here’s a public transport planning tool you can use to navigate in Singapore.

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Didn’t find an answer in the FAQs? Email hacking.med@sginnovate.com