Applications for Grand Hack 2023 are now closed.

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Interested in disrupting healthcare?

Join MIT Hacking Medicine at our annual flagship event in Boston, hosted at The Engine! This is the weekend to brainstorm and build innovative solutions with hundreds of engineers, clinicians, designers, developers and business people. Within our multi-theme event, there is sure to be a healthcare challenge for everyone!  


Interested in helping out? You can partner with us, become a sponsor, or apply to be a mentor! Email for more information!

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2023 Grandhack Tracks

Early Cancer Diagnosis

Detecting cancer in patients as early  as possible gives them the best chance for successful treatment. When cancer care is delayed or inaccessible there is a lower chance of survival, greater problems associated with treatment, and higher costs of care. Existing cancer-screening tools help but are still limited in when and which patients get them.  How might we be able to find novel approaches to early cancer diagnosis?   

Decentralized Care 

Today, much of healthcare is currently provided in the hospital or clinic setting. The future of healthcare and wellness is outside of the walls of the hospital system.  Health organizations will need to be able to bring the excellence of in-person clinical care outside of hospitals and expand preventive care.  How might we use everyday objects to provide healthcare information? How might physicians and health systems be more connected to patients in different settings? How might high-quality care be expanded in non-clinical settings? How might be able to work with and connect these new measures of trend data?

Sustainable Healthcare

Healthcare is one of the most wasteful industries in the world. Physical waste production, mismanagement, misuse, or overuse of resources and time are all issues that plague healthcare. How might we innovate to make healthcare a more sustainable industry? How can waste and overuse be reduced without impacting patient outcomes? How might we better manage the time and use of medical personnel?

For over a decade, we have empowered and recognized a global community of 30+ countries and 25,685 hackers in healthcare innovation.

This year, we will be hosting a Beyond Hack Track, where we invite a select number of past participant teams to return to Grand Hack and take their ventures to the next level with the specialized guidance of judges, mentors, and workshops.

Some challenges that teams will tackle: Does the technology work safely to solve the problem, and will clinicians/patients utilize it? How can we further refine business models, secure funding, and make strategic go-to-market strategies?

Apply to participate in the Beyond Hack Track if you would like to return to Grand Hack with your team!

Some prizes include: 

  1. Priority review for Massachusetts Digital Health sandbox (
  2. Introductions to incubators, accelerators and early-stage venture capital funds
  3. Cash prizes to fund further development

InterSystems All Track Sponsor Challenge

We are looking for the most interesting applications that make use of HL7 FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource) standards. Interacting with the smart device or hospital’s EMR? Building a consumer-facing mobile app or predicting the next infection outbreak with Machine Learning? All of the above? Up to you, as long as your solution helps to improve people’s health.

To qualify for the prize, your solution needs to use one or more InterSystems FHIR services, such as InterSystems FHIR accelerator service and/or HealthShare Message Transformation Service.

The Patient Safety Technology Challenge, funded by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and administered by Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative, is designed to fuel the engagement of students and innovators in creating solutions and envisioning transformational approaches to reduce preventable harm from medical errors and reimagine a vastly safer healthcare system. The initiative injects patient safety awards into existing local, regional, and national competitions – like MIT Hacking Medicine’s Grand Hack – and will produce a documentary to help increase awareness of the patient safety crisis. This prize is open to all tracks.


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