How would you use technology to improve medicine & healthcare?

April 24-25, 2021
Online Event


April 24-25, 2021
Online Event

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?

We will even provide you with curated public healthcare data sets to work with!

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

Look at our previous projects 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.


Challenges at HackMed 2021

Want suggest a challenge? Find out about sponsorship at


Hackiest Hack! Build something that’s over-the-top, over-engineered, and held together with Sellotape and bits of string… use your imagination! Winners get a GIANT enter button!

Bionics Society

Hackcessibility! Sheffield Bionics Society challenges you to build something that improves life or makes life more accessible for people with disabilities. Winners will get comfy a society hoody!

Mentors for 2021

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.

Bo Luo

Bo Luo

Senior Data Scientist in Smartia

I am a senior data scientist with hands-on AI industry experience for many years. I will mentor and coach the students, providing an industry perspective. Machine learning in theory is one thing, but putting it to practise is a whole different story. To be an excellent data scientist, it is necessary to have some basic skills including: high coding quality at industry level, good project management, efficient communication capability and etc.

Daniel Camilleri

Daniel Camilleri

CEO of Cyberselves Ltd

Daniel is the driving force behind Cyberselves' technologies. His background, from low-level electronics to high-level robotics, allows him to tackle the challenging and universal technology stack that Cyberselves is developing from multiple simultaneous viewpoints. He has developed Animus, a robotics SDK that transitions robotics from a previously hard discipline to one that is more easily learned and applied to real world use cases.

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.

Dr Gary C Wood

Dr Gary C Wood

University of Sheffield

A National Teaching Fellow and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is a specialist in Learning, Teaching and Assessment. He currently works at the University of Sheffield as University Teacher in Professional Skills, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Head of Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy (SELA).

Phil Hornby

Phil Hornby

Founder and Managing Director of Scale Business Performance

An entrepreneur, technologist and product leader who has worked across multiple global businesses and now helps technology-based product teams be more successful. Phil is a mentor and coach for the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) Accelerator and Y-Accelerator programs at the start-up end of the spectrum as well as working with multi-national businesses in the corporate space.

Ceri Batchelder

Dr Ceri Batchelder

TEAM SY Capital Enterprise

Ceri is a Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Sheffield, supporting staff and students in digital projects and partnerships. She is also part of the TEAM SY project, run by start-up experts Capital Enterprise, which is developing the business support and investment ecosystem for technology start-ups and scale-ups in South Yorkshire.

Dr Gary C Wood

Aejaz Zahid

SYB Innovation Hub

Programme director for innovation at the South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw Integrated Care System. An impact oriented engineer, clinical scientist and problem solver at heart, Aejaz has passion for innovation & technology, with a firm belief in its potential for empowering communities. For almost twenty years, he has worked in a diversity of healthcare services and systems both in the UK and abroad and his teams have won numerous awards for innovation the world over.

Our Sponsors at HackMed 2021

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Our collaborators at HackMed 2021

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Sokratis Kariotis

Sokratis Kariotis

Lead Organiser

Ellie Taylor

Eleanor F Taylor

Media & Publicity Lead

Yash Ghelani

Yash Ghelani

Finance Lead

Tom Ogola

Thomas Oludhe Ogola

Life Sciences Lead

Kishan Odedra

Kishan Odedra

Communications Lead

Kate Bobyn

Kate Bobyn

Technical Lead

Joanna Jones

Joanna Jones

Inclusions/Wellbeing Lead

Events Schedule 2021

Subject to change.

Saturday Sunday
0800 - Registration begins 0900 - Morning activity
0930 - Opening ceremony 1130 - Pitching Workshop
1000 - Hacking starts & Team building 1400 - Hacking stops
1130 - Skills for Innovation 1500 - Demos time
1300 - Cyberselves Workshop 1645 - Finalists' presentations
1600 - Start-ups come from Hackathons 1745 - Awards & closing ceremony
1900 - Evening activity: Pictionary! 1830 - The end!

Prizes 2021 🏆

🥇 First place

🥈 Second place

🥉 Third place

3rd place will receive Retro Pocket Games

🥉 Best Social Media post

The person with the funniest social media post will receive Henry Desktop Hoover

🏅 Sponsor and partner prizes

Hackathons UK is offering a giant Enter Key for the challenge Hackiest Hack winning team!

Bionics society is offering comfy society hoodies for challenge Hackcessibility! winning team!

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?

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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