MedHacks brings together the nation’s brightest technologists, scientists, healthcare professionals and engineers to come up with creative solutions to the most fundamental of all human concerns - health. During the 36 hour event, students will engage in exciting ideation, hacking, and pitching sessions. They will interact with accomplished mentors and innovative companies from the healthcare, tech, and business fields, and compete cash prizes- some sponsored by the biggest names in industry


If you applied to MedHacks, recieved an offer to attend, and confirmed your attendance, you are eligible to attend MedHacks. High school students from the Baltimore area, undergraduates, graduates, and professionals are all welcome to attend. If you attended and hacked at MedHacks, you are eligible to make a submission. 


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$17,395 in prizes

First Place Winner

$1,500 to the first place team of the six finalist teams. This first place team will also be awarded a Muse headband ($250 value).

Second Place Winner

$1250 to the second place team of the six finalist teams

Third Place Winner

$1000 to the third place team of the six finalist teams.

Winner of Access to Care Track - Presented by BlueCross BlueShield

Your team will have the opportunity to spend half a day with the Managing Director of BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, John Banta, or a similar level partner. The purpose of this opportunity is to learn how to take your winning hackathon idea to the market.

Winner of Medication Adherence Track - Presented by CVS Health

Your team will have amazing career prep from CVS. This will include mentoring from a Manager (matched to the students interest) and a resume review session with as Sr. Consultant or higher within CVS Health. Additionally, winners will each receive a FitBit Alta (~$130 value).

Winner of Patient Safety & Quality - Presented by Johns Hopkins Medicine

Your team will have an amazing chance to work with the Armstrong Institute to develop the project after the completion of MedHacks. Members will also have formal specialized advisory meetings with several JHU departments including: the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Carey Business School, and Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare

The Wolfram Award (20)

The Top 20 teams will win a year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition ($310 value) plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro ($66 value)

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

410C Dragonboard ($85) for each team member

Best Use of AWS

$250 Amazon Web Services Credit

Best Domain Name from

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit

Contrary Capital Prize (3)

The Top 3 Johns Hopkins teams will present to the VC firm Contrary Capital for potential funding opportunities and placement in the summer accelerator

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Be sure to check out the information packet emailed out to registered hackers for all the details!


Lance Black, MD

Lance Black, MD
Texas Medical Center, BioDesign

Landon King

Landon King
Exec Vice Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Patricia Davidson

Patricia Davidson
Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Jeff Keating

Jeff Keating
SVP of Engineering of Healthcare and Education, Elsevier

Anthony D. So

Anthony D. So
Professor of the Practice and Founding Director of the Innovation+Design Enabling Access (IDEA)

Judging Criteria

  • Relevance to Track
    Projects will be judged on alignment to the submitted track's theme
  • Technical Difficulty
    Projects will be judged based on their achievement in surmounting real technical challenges
  • Utility
    Projects will be judged on their practicality in implementation to solve real medical issues
  • Innovation
    Projects will be judged based on their novelty and potential to disrupt the medical field.

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