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MIT Hacking Medicine’s mission is to energize and connect the best minds across the healthcare ecosystem to solve healthcare’s biggest challenges and to teach healthcare entrepreneurship and digital strategies to scale medicine. To foster this process, MIT Hacking Medicine brings together engineers, clinicians, entrepreneurs, designers, and corporate partners to collaborate around shared interests, and develop health solutions over hackathons (ranging from two hours to full two-day events) with potential for greater impact in the healthcare industry. In these events, they guide participants through the healthcare design thinking process and strategies developed to constructively tackle systemic healthcare issues and generate tangible solutions.

In just four years, MIT Hacking Medicine has facilitated nearly 70 hackathons across a dozen countries and multiple U.S. states. Teams coming out of these events have had successes joining prestigious accelerators (such as TechStars, Y Combinator, Healthbox, Rock Health, and MassChallenge), raising significant investment funding, and partnering with healthcare institutions or companies towards implementing their hack ideas. To date, the group has contributed to the formation of 15+ companies that have raised over $90 million in financing. Successful products that have been inspired from the events span from solutions targeted towards improving medication adherence, developing a better breast pump, improving neonatal resuscitation, and diabetic wound care.

MIT Hacking Medicine routinely collaborates with prominent organizations and corporations. Examples include The Kauffman Foundation, Massachusetts General Hospital, Emergency Nurses Association, Pfizer, Microsoft, Samsung, GE, Merck, and AthenaHealth, to name a few. The group has also been featured in avenues such as SXSW, Wall Street Journal, Slate and Wired.

Programs & Opportunities

  • Grand Hackathon: One of the largest health hackathons in the world! Participants have one weekend to brainstorm and build innovative solutions with hundreds of like-minded engineers, clinicians, designers, developers, and business people. The three tracks are Connected Health Track, Healthcare at Home Track, and Chronic Condition Track.