May 18th, 2019

University of California, Riverside



Founded in 2018 by student leaders from the Society of Women Engineers and the Biomedical Engineering Society, BioHack is a 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.


Want to join the Committee for Biohack 2019?

If you would like to volunteer and help plan this year's Biohack event, come join us at our first volunteer committee meeting on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 in BournsA265! We will be covering what Biohack is as well as ways that you can help out and get involved! We would love for you to join us! Hope to see you there!

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

Example Projects

Don’t know what to make during BioHack? Check out the winners from Biohack 2018 for inspiration! We include projects that are related to, but are not limited to, these topics: Bioinformatics, Genetics, Neuroscience, Pharmaceuticals, or Medical Devices.

SeeFood allows you to get nutritional information for the food you eat fast. Unlike other solutions, SeeFood uses computer vision and neural networks to identify what you're eating and see the nutritional value.
A pills dispenser equipped with a timer that the user can set (ie: 1 hour, 4 hours, 2 days, 1 week, etc...) When the timer is up, then the dispenser will sound an alarm until the pill is dispensed. When this occurs, the timer will automatically be reset to the initial.
Using a Kinect or something similar to help physical therapy patients from the convenience of their​ own home.
People constantly forget to drink water throughout the day or don't know how much water they're supposed to drink, based on their body type. Input your weight in pounds, average exercise level, and sex, to output the liters of water you need, as well as how frequently you drink throughout the day to determine how much you need each time.
This app allows patients to monitor their biometrics from the comfort of their home and contact the doctor if they have any concerns. The doctor can send the patient a specific code so that he/she has access to the patient's medical records and biometric data.
Most people in highly stressful situations tend to freeze up. Our simulator seeks to familiarize people with emergency wound treatment so that they can calmly handle a life-or-death situation. This simulator has the potential to save many lives by keeping wounded people alive until paramedics arrive. It also can be expanded to include more dilemmas.


A hackathon is a weekend-long (or day-long) event 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 meet 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 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 two 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 up to 4 people. Teams can be formed either before the event or during the day of the event right after opening ceremony. We encourage students to collaborate with peers from 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.