Global Health Hackathon

TMCx, Houston
From Jun 12th 2017
To Jun 28th 2017
See the website


Thank you for registering for the 2017 Baylor Global Health Hackathon. We received close to 200 applications and can only accommodate 100 hackers. We are working through applications and want to ensure everyone has been reviewed appropriately. Please stay tuned. We will follow up with each of you Wednesday, May 17.




Join Baylor College of Medicine and TMC Innovation to solve some of the greatest challenges in global health. The Global Health Hackathon is a two-week long summit that provides a collaborative environment for the best and brightest minds to be a part of something exciting, inspiring, and fun that will impact the way healthcare is delivered to millions of people around the world!

Learn more on Baylor College of Medicine's website.


We're looking for you! Challenges in global health are complex and we are looking for hackers with a multitude of backgrounds including but not limited to:






Focus Areas

Hackers will work to innovate solutions around:

Women’s Health in Procedural Care: promoting safe surgery (surgical procedural challenges from the field)

Global Health Security/Refugee Health: capacity strengthening to reduce infectious disease threats worldwide

Orthopedics and Rehabilitation: promoting comprehensive management of limb loss

Space Exploration: TBD by NASA & National Space Biomedical Research Institute


Program Overview

   1)  Hackers will convene on June 12th for the kick-off event, where challenges will be presented, hackers will pitch their ideas, and create multi-disciplinary teams of 3-6 people.

   2)  Hackers will have one week to create an initial concept related to one of the challenges.

   3)  An initial pitch session and design review will occur.

   4)  Cash prizes will be awarded for teams with greatest capacity to impact global health.

   5)  The remaining teams will have the final week to further develop their innovation before pitching their concept and business plan to a panel of judges.


Cash prizes available for teams whose concepts have capacity to improve global health. The winning team will receive 6 months free co-working space at the TMC Innovation Institute and access to TMCx accelerator & TMC Biodesign programming to further develop their innovations. 


Check out this video from the 2015 Global Health Hackathon!




Is there a minimum age requirement?

Yes. Participants must be at least 18 years of age or older. 

What does it cost to be a hacker?

Though the hacker application is free, those who are accepted will be charged $15 before the event. However, students who bring their college ID on the day of the event will have their fee waived.

If I register, does that mean I'm automatically going to the hackathon?

No, we will review applications and notify hackers of their acceptance on May 18th, 2017.

What if I'm not very experienced in programming?

You don’t need to be! This is not a traditional hackathon. We will have healthcare professionals, engineers, and programmers (to name a few). The idea is that you work with other professionals to come up with cross-disciplinary solutions. At registration, each ‘expert’ will have a designated sticker so that you can easily find other individuals you may want on your team from other disciplines.

Do I need to stay for the entire time?

Hackers are REQUIRED to attend the opening kick-off on June 12th. After this date, hacking can be done at any time or place. TMCx will be open for teams to meet throughout the two-week period. We understand many hackers have full-time jobs and other responsibilities, so we encourage teams to use multiple forms of communication (in-person, Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp, email, etc.) to work together. We assume many of you will come to the opening day and return home to work remotely and encourage you to apply if you live in another city, state, or nation!

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