How would you use technology to improve

medicine & healthcare?

March 10 - 11th, 2018
The Diamond, University of Sheffield


March 10 - 11th, 2018
The Diamond, University of Sheffield

About this hackathon

There are many problems that plague medicine and healthcare. It is a wonder why these problems still exist, given how crucial health is to everyone here on Earth.

What better way to accelerate the solving of these problems by integrating technology into our radical solutions, while providing a safe, creative environment for people to do so?

HackMed aims to bring together hackers, dreamers, and doers to solve problems related to humanity’s elementary need, health.


Your Mentors

Mentors help to shape the event by providing insight and guidance into different aspects of medicine, healthcare, and technology.


Dr. Dennis Wang

University of Sheffield

Lecturer in Bioinformatics, Co-Director of PG Programme in Genomic Medicine at UoS. He has 12 years of experience developing software solutions for biomedical labs and hospitals. Educator of genomics and data science.


Matthew Parker

Sheffield Diagnostic Genetics Service

Lead Bioinformatician at Sheffield Diagnostic Genetics Service, Honorary Lecturer at the University of Sheffield and Co-Lead of the Bioinformatics modules of the Genome Medicine MSc.



University of Sheffield

Research Software Engineer at the University of Sheffield. She works with multiple research groups within the UK and Europe to develop sustainable, reproducible, and robust scientific software. Her main focus is complex analysis workflows, scalable data science, and reproducibility and replicability in scientific computing.

Our Sponsors

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HackMed Organisers

In partnership with


Tzen Szen Toh

Lead Organiser


Pauline Narvas

Operations & Tech Lead


Stefanie Kiew

Finance Lead


Tim Freeman

Life Sciences Lead


Sokratis Kariotis

Computer Science Lead

Events Schedule

Subject to change.

Saturday Sunday
0900 - Registration begins 0000 - Late night snack
1000 - Opening ceremony 0800 - Breakfast served
1030 - Oxford Nanopore workshop 1330 - Hacking stops
1100 - GitHub workshop 1345 - Lunch served
1130 - Workshop by Matthew Parker 1430 - Demo time!
1200 - Nexmo workshop 1530 - Demos end
1230 - USE workshop 1545 - Awards ceremony
1245 - Q&A (digital health) 1615 - Final remarks
1300 - Lunch served 1630 - The end!
1330 - Hacking starts
1900 - Dinner served
2100 - Yoga and meditation session


There are a few more surprises to be announced!

First place

1st place will receive Amazon Echo Dots!

Second place

2nd place will receive mini wireless keyboards!

Third place

3rd place will receive fitness trackers!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can't find what the answer?

1. What is HackMed?

HackMed is a medical hackathon aimed at developing creative solutions to solve problems within medicine and healthcare. It is a student-run event for individuals from various backgrounds interested in the crossroads of life sciences and technology.

Throughout the weekend, hackers at HackMed will have a unique opportunity to learn from each other, build awesome projects together, and share them with other hackers. This will allow a multi-disciplinary mesh of people working on developing solutions to pressing problems within healthcare and medicine.

2. A hacka-what?

A hackathon is commonly described as a programming marathon. It is a 24 or 48 hour event during a weekend where small teams (usually 2-4 people) come together to share ideas, learn new things, and build cool things with others.

3. So, what is a medical hackathon?

Based on the popularity of hackathons being held all around the world, a medical hackathon is a hackathon that is based around the theme of medicine and healthcare. This will challenge hackers to solve critical medical problems by working in small teams, while also having a great time! Hackers will learn, build, and eat together before presenting what they’ve built at the end of a weekend.

4. How much does it cost?

We’re happy to let you know that HackMed is completely free to attend! We’re providing a venue, food, drinks, snacks, WiFi, and hackathon swag! You just need to bring yourself and your enthusiasm.

5. Who can participate?

Any student from anywhere! You need to be a university student (undergraduate or postgraduate) or have left university in the past year.

6. I know nothing about medicine, health, or programming, can I still participate?

Don’t worry! Learning is a huge part of hackathons and you can bet that you’ll learning something new at the end of HackMed. We’re going to have workshops on various topics and we’ll also have mentors available throughout the weekend to help teams out!

So, don’t be afraid! Come with an open mind and heart, learn a lot, build something cool, and have a ton of fun!

7. Can I still participate, even if I’m not a student?

You sure can! We’re on the lookout for sponsors, judges, and mentors in life sciences, tech, academia, and their intersections. If you’re interested, shoot us an email at and we’ll be in touch.

8. How do I register?

We’re accepting hackers based on applications. Once you’ve applied, you’ll be sure to hear about your acceptance by the middle of February 2018 and we’ll give you a ticket by then.

9. Does HackMed have a code of conduct?

We sure do! We’re following the MLH Code of Conduct.

10. Where do I sleep?

We’re preparing some lecture theatres so you can get some sleep if you wanted.

11. Does HackMed offer travel reimbursements?

We are currently unable to provide travel reimbursements for the event.

12. What if I have more questions?

Shoot us an email at! :)

Ready to Participate?

We would love to have you! Don't forget to read our Code of Conduct before the event!

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