How would you use technology to improve medicine & healthcare?

March 14-15, 2020
The Diamond, University of Sheffield


March 2020
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.

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Mentors for 2020

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

Dennis Wang

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.

Matt Parker

Matthew Parker

Sheffield Bioinformatics Core Facility

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

Tzen Szen Toh

Tzen Szen Toh

NHS & University of Sheffield

Academic Foundation Doctor at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Computational Biologist in the lab of Dr. Dennis Wang, and Honorary Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield. He is also a co-founder of the MedTech Sheffield society and was the lead organizer of HackMed in 2017 and 2018.

Phil Hornby

Phil Hornby

SOT Consulting

Helps entrepreneurial product teams be successfully based on any years of experience of developing and bringing innovative products to market.

Our Sponsors at HackMed 2020

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Sokratis Kariotis

Lead Organiser


Hanz Tantiangco

Collaborations Lead


Agnieszka Zając

Finance Lead


Thomas Oludhe Ogola

Life Sciences Lead


Mohamed Atwya

Technical Lead


Joanna Jones

Communications Lead


Bhoomika Gandhi

Inclusions and Wellbeing Lead


Dimitris Boufidis

Media & Publicity Lead

Events Schedule 2020

Subject to change.

Saturday Sunday
0800 - Registration begins 0000 - Late night snack
0930 - Opening ceremony 0800 - Breakfast served
1030 - Hacking starts 0900 - Morning activity
1130 - Workshop 1 1130 - Hacking stops
1200 - Lunch served 1200 - Lunch served
1300 - Workshop 2 1245 - Demo time!
1330 - Workshop 3 1415 - Demos end
1400 - Workshop 4 1430 - Finalists' presentations
1430 - Ethical Hacking workshop 1500 - Awards
1800 - Dinner served 1520 - Final remarks
2000 - Evening Activity 1530 - The end!

Prizes 2019 🏆

🥇 First place

1st place will receive Chromecast!

🥈 Second place

2nd place will receive MERGE cube!

🥉 Third place

3rd place will receive Dobble and The Mind card games!

🏅 Sponsor and partner prizes

Frequently Asked Questions

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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?

Please follow the link on this website to our eventbrite event and register for our event there.

9. I don't have a team, can I still come?

You sure can! Most our attendees come alone or in twos. We will run a team building activity at the start of the day to find you teammates with complementing skills, so you get to build amazing projects together!

10. Does HackMed have a code of conduct?

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

11. Where do I sleep?

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

12. Does HackMed offer travel reimbursements?

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

13. 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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