FAQs

Do I need a team?

It is not necessary to arrive at the hackathon with a team. Most participants arrive as individuals and form teams with other participants over the weekend.

Do I have to pitch an idea to attend?

No, but we encourage you to! You can pitch an idea or pain point you've been thinking about for years, or something last minute you think of during the event. Each idea or pain point pitch is limited to 60 seconds.

Is the event free?

Yes! Because of the generosity of our sponsors, we are able to make the event free for everyone. However you must still apply and be accepted as we have a limited number of spots.

Do you provide housing and transportation assistance, or financial aid?

Participants are expected to make their own lodging and transportation arrangements. We will be negotiating a discounted hotel room block and post lodging and transportation recommendations. If you would like to share a room with another participate to split hotel costs, or would like to stay with a Yale student host in a dorm, please email us. Unfortunately we do not offer financial aid for transportation to the event or lodging at the event. 

When will I know if I have been accepted?

If you apply before the Dec. 16 deadline, we will be able to give you a response before New Year's (Jan. 1, 2017).

What if I cannot attend all three days?

The Friday night kick-off is optional although highly valuable. All participants are expected to attend both Saturday and Sunday -- this is when all the action happens!

Where can I find the schedule of the event?

The schedule and venue are listed on the homepage.

What should I bring to the hackathon?

Laptop, power cord, cell phone, charger, notebook, pen/pencil, business cards or resumes, water bottle, and lots of creative energy!

What prototyping materials are provided over the weekend?

For those teams wishing to build physical prototypes, we will have a limited selection of prototyping supplies including LEGOs, Arduinos, foam, and craft supplies. Yale students and employees with CEID access can use the resources there (including 3D printers and machine shop equipment, if already certified by the CEID). If the supplies we provide do not meet your team’s needs, you are more than welcome to obtain what you need from nearby stores.

What other resources are provided over the weekend?

There is a wealth of intellectual prowess at the hackathon, and we encourage participants to seek advice and guidance from the mentors, speakers, and organizers who will be available throughout the weekend as you develop your solution and final presentation pitch. The mentors, speakers, and organizers have diverse backgrounds ranging from healthcare, business, entrepreneurship, engineering, software and app development, marketing and design, and regulatory. Additionally, the Yale-New Haven hospital is nearby and participants are encouraged to go outside the hackathon venue to validate their project assumptions by talking to key stakeholders and potential end users.

How does the final presentation pitch work?

For the final presentations on Sunday afternoon, each team will have a maximum of 3 minutes to pitch (recommended 1 min problem statement and background / customer validation, 1 min prototype or solution demonstration, 1 min business case), followed by up to 2 minutes of Q&A from the judges. After the last team has pitched, judges will deliberate, and winners will be announced at the end of the event. Award categories and prizes are posted on our homepage.

Are teams expected to continue after the hackathon?

We encourage teams to continue working even after the hackathon, and have programs and resources to help you take what you’ve done to the next level, but ultimately the decision is completely up to you and your team whether you wish to continue.

I am not able to attend for the whole weekend as a participant, but I offer subject matter expertise for the teams. How do I sign up to be a mentor?

Great! Please email us at yalehackhealth@gmail.com with the subject line "Mentor" and we'll get you the appropriate information! 

I love healthcare hackathons, and I want to help organize any upcoming hackathons, how do I get involved?

Terrific! Please email us at yalehackhealth@gmail.com with the subject line "Volunteering for future hackathons" and we’ll get you connected!

Your question still wasn’t answered?

Please email us at yalehackhealth@gmail.com and we’ll respond to you as soon as possible!

- The Yale Healthcare Hackathon Organizing Team