May 19th, 2018

University of California, Riverside
Applications are closed

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Innovators

We are inviting over 100 innovators of all skill levels to come make the next technological advancement in the biomedical field.

A Weekend

Innovators will be supported for 12 hours in pursuit of their projects

Challenges

Come together with other undergraduate students with computing, health, and other unique backgrounds to create projects that may solve some of the most fundamental challenges in human health and medicine.

What is BioHack?

A hackathon is an multi-day event where students practice and develop their computer programming skills to create ideas and projects. This year, a collaboration with the Society of Women Engineers and Biomedical Engineering Society introduces BioHack, the very first student-run 12 hour bioengineering-themed hackathon at the University of California, Riverside. Throughout this 12-hour hackathon, students will form teams to work on projects, attend technical workshops, speak to mentors, learn about new technologies, and network with industries.

Our mission is to foster connections among students and sponsors throughout computer science and bioengineering. We encourage non-computer science or engineering students to develop valuable technical and teamwork skills in a safe and encouraging environment. Also, hosting BioHack in the Inland Empire will spawn connections with engineers throughout the bioengineering community across California. UCR students who are curious are welcome to join; no experience necessary!

BioHack focuses on an event where students can create medically innovative projects and technologies with the freedom of their creativity. Unlike other hackathons, we promote bioengineering related projects as the central aspect of the event.

Bioinformatics

Genetics

Neuroscience

Pharmaceuticals

Medical Devices

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faqs

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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!
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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!
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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!
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If you are a student interested in attending this free event, fill out this form. If you are a CS major that’s interested in mentoring, fill out this form.
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Nope! This event is free to all students. We will provide food, snacks, a place to hack, swag, and prizes for the winners!
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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
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BioHack will be hosted 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.
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Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide travel reimbursements this year. Sorry for the inconvenience.
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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!
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Yes! Hardware will be provided.
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Bring a valid student ID for admission, a laptop with charger, and anything else you need to hack away!
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Since this event is a 12-hour event, sleeping over will not be necessary and will not be provided.
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past projects

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Tep The Motivational Activity Tracker
Encourages physical activity in various forms (running, walking, and cycling) through a GPS fitness-tracking app in a virtual pet gaming format.
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Beat Band
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.
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DVT Detection
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.
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Dr. Home
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.
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Join the BioHack Committee Meetings!

You can help organize the first BioHack! Stop by our weekly meetings on Monday from 12PM - 1PM at Winston Chung 202

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