Entrepreneurship

Hacking Innovative New Ideas for Fighting COVID-19

Stevens Venture Center creates crisis-focused Hackathon, open to all

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In response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, the Stevens Venture Center has announced a new healthcare-focused hackathon open through April 12 to all participants age 18 and up.

"This COVID-19 Health Hackathon was inspired by the unprecedented challenges presented by the global pandemic," explains Stevens Entrepreneur-in-Residence Premal Kamdar, who created the event with undergraduate students Justin Trugman '20, Hayden Daly ’21, Frank Pinnola ’22 and Maor Mashiach ’23. "This virtual hack has been organized to create an environment in which students, academics and industry professionals come together to identify and address pandemic-related issues and to come up with solutions to positively impact people’s lives."

In compliance with best-practice recommendations and health orders, the hackathon will be conducted entirely virtually, note the organizers.

"All teams and participants are strongly encouraged to hack safely and work within social distancing guidelines in their local communities," says Kamdar.

Teams participating in the event will develop projects in one or more of four categories: community oriented solutions, university oriented solutions, healthcare oriented solutions and drug discovery. A team of industry experts will then judge the entries, and winners will be announced by the Stevens Venture Center April 20.

To register for Stevens' COVID-19 Health Hackathon, visit covidhealthhack.com/signup.