May 18th, 2019

University of California, Riverside


This year, a collaboration between the Society of Women Engineers and the Biomedical Engineering Society returns with BioHack, a student-run 12-hour bioengineering related, health/medicine-themed hackathon at the University of California, Riverside.


Our mission is to foster connections among students and sponsors throughout the computer science and bioengineering industries. Through BioHack, students will form teams to work on projects, attend technical workshops, speak with mentors, learn about new technologies, and network with industries.


We encourage curious non-computer science or engineering students to develop valuable technical and teamwork skills in a safe and encouraging environment. BioHack focuses on an event where students can create medically innovative projects and technologies with the freedom of their creativity.


Interested in being a Committee Lead for BioHack 2019?

We are currently looking for committee leads to help us organize this year's BioHack! If you are interested, please fill out this form.

Applications to participate in BioHack 2018 are closed

Email us at [email protected] if you have any questions about this year's upcoming BioHack. Stay tuned for further updates!

2018 Agenda

Last Year's Panel

Guest Speakers

Danielle Connolly

Founder of Make Them Mainstream

UCR Graduate with a B.S in Mechanical Engineering & Minor in Mathematics. Through Make it Mainstream, Danielle wants to provide females, entering their academic and professional careers in STEM, tools to succeed.

Make Them Mainstream

Carrie Shaw

CEO and Founder of Embodied Labs.

After completing her master’s in Biomedical Visualization in 2016, she founded her company Embodied Labs, with the goal of revolutionizing the way health care providers, caregivers, and patients learn about human health.

Embodied Labs


Vagelis Papalexakis

Assistant Professor in Computer Science & EngineeringDepartment, UCR

Professor Papalexakis is working broadly on data mining, while his main research focus is on machine learning and data science research.

Justin W. Chartron

Assistant Professor in Bioengineering department, UCR

Dr. Chartron’s research is focused in how a biological cell acts as a system to assemble proteins, and his group applies this knowledge to improve yields of engineered proteins.

Jiasi Chen

Assistant Professor in Computer Science & Engineering Department, UCR

Dr, Chen's main research area is wireless networking, Internet video streaming, and augmented and virtual reality.

Example Projects

Don’t know what to make during BioHack? Here are some example projects made in past hackathons that may inspire your project! We include projects that are related to, but are not limited to, these topics: Bioinformatics, Genetics, Neuroscience, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices

Encourages physical activity in various forms (running, walking, and cycling) through a GPS fitness-tracking app in a virtual pet gaming format.
Brent Millare, Andrei Kucharavy, Heeyun Schwarz, Suyi Lu and Jiayao Wu at John Hopkins’ MedHacks
Automatically alerts medical authorities through an Android application in case of heart attack by reading ECG signals from a music amplifier board and analyzing the data with machine learning.
Emily Kilen, Amber Velasco, Rahul Tiwari, Adam Li and Kaveh Khorram at John Hopkins’ MedHacks
Detects deep vein thrombosis through beaming ultrasound waves into the veins and using the resultant sine wave graph to identify blood clots.
Tong Jin, Alexander Loh, Alexandra Muise, Sahej Randhawa, Bryan Yeh at University of California, San Diego’s Health Hacks
Encourages direct patient-doctor communication and minimizes need for hospital visits through an easy-to-use interface for geriatric patients.


A hackathon is a weekend-long (or day-long) that invites curious minds to learn and build something new. You may pick up a project of their choosing to work on during the event to dive into a topic you've been meaning to explore. You also get to new friends as you work in a team of up to 4! Hackathons provide other ways to learn such as attending workshops, listening to speakers, or networking with other students and representatives from faculty and companies!
If you are an undergraduate UCR student who is curious about hacking, then of course! If you do not have any programming experience, CS mentors will be around to help. And if you are interested in mentoring during this event, you can fill out a mentor application!
No! BioHack encourages students who are curious about coding and health to create their coding project, whether it is their first project, greatest project, or both! We will provide resources for beginners to get started!
Applications to participate in BioHack 2019 will open soon. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you have any further questions, and follow us on social media to for updates on when applications open and other exciting announcements!
Nope! This event is free to all students. We will provide food, snacks, a place to hack, swag, and prizes for the winners!
There will be four category prizes and three overall prizes:
  • Best Startup hack, Best Beginner hack, Best Hardware hack, Best Humanitarian hack, Overall 2nd place, and Overall 1st place
BioHack will be hosted in Winston Chung Hall and Bourns Hall. Further details about the locations will be provided as the event approaches. Unfortunately, we will not be providing transportation for students. However, guests will be provided parking on campus.
Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide travel reimbursements this year. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Team will be between students of at most four people. Teams can be formed either before the event, or during the day of the event right after opening ceremony. We welcome that students collaborate with students with different technical backgrounds to work on a computer programming project that’s medical or health related!
Yes! Hardware will be provided.
Bring a valid student ID for admission, a laptop with charger, and anything else you need to hack away!
Since this event is a 12-hour event, sleeping over will not be necessary and will not be provided.

Join the Committee for BioHack 2019!

If you are interested in joining the BioHack committee and helping us organize next year's BioHack, we will be announcing meeting times and logistics very soon! Make sure to follow us on social media to stay updated on any further announcements!
For further questions and information, please send us an email.