George Hacks partners with the Veterans Health Administration

Last month, the Veterans Health Administration became an official partner of George Hacks. We are proud to join the VHA to highlight the many areas in which students can improve the lives of U.S. Veterans living with a wide range of disabilities incurred while serving our country.

At the 2019 Medical Solutions Hackathon, attending local veterans gave students the unique opportunity to address their personal medical needs, ranging from prosthetic adaptations for outdoor activities to medical examination accessibility.

We are incredibly grateful to be able to give our competitors the opportunity to improve the lives of those who dedicated their lives to improving ours, and we look forward to broadening our impact in continuing our engagement with the veteran population in future events. 

Recap | 2nd Annual Medical Solutions Hackathon

At 9:00 AM sharp on January 26th, students began filing into the B1 Level of SEH for the 2nd Annual George Hacks Medical Solutions Hackathon. Undergraduates signed up for the promise of an intellectual challenge, a chance to showcase their skills, and of course, free food.

This year, 80+ students divided into 20 teams to tackle real-world challenges from an expanded network of healthcare organizations. George Hacks partnered with the Veterans Health Administration and collaborated with Quality of Life Plus, OpenEMR, GW Hospital, and others who brought problems ranging from prosthetic modification, on-campus food insecurity, veteran health care, healthcare access, and more.

Teams presented their solutions in two rounds of judging, one round for technical qualifications and the other to evaluate the product in its intended market. The students exceeded expectations, making the event an absolute success, showcasing George Hacks’ mission of healthcare innovation for social impact.

Check out our recap video!


84 Participants | 55 Judges & Mentors | 8 Partners | 10 Sponsors


Best Overall: We’re Working On It

Team Members: Sydney Bailes, Camille Daszynski, Mateusz Gierdalski, Jared Kern

Pitch Title: Adapting prosthetics for uneven terrain, provided by Quality of Life Plus

Best Demo: Handicycle

Team Members: Emily Cheung, Shubham Gupta, Elizabeth Fischer, Elias Ross Trupin

Pitch Title: Prosthetic Leg Holder for Handcycle, provided by Quality of Life Plus

Best Pitch: Bioelectric

Team Members: Lujain Al-Khawi , Matt Taylor, Ji-Eun Kim, Karen Rius

Pitch Title: Adapting prosthetics for uneven terrain, provided by Quality of Life Plus

Best Demo Runner-Up: Avengineers

Team Members: Shirali Nigam, Bianca Karpinecz, Jillian McGough, Trish Mikolajczyk

Pitch Title: ‘Getting Up’ alert for geriatric patients, provided by Christina Prather, MD (GW Hospital)

Post-Event Booklet


George Hacks All-Women’s Team Takes 3rd Place at Pitch George Competition

The team of Caitlyn Pratt, Sydney Bailes, Shirali Nigam, and Trish Mikolajczyk—all from the BME Department—took Third Place and a $750 cash prize in the Undergraduate track at this year’s Pitch George Competition, held November 17 in Duques Hall.  The all-female team pitched their novel pill dispenser product, which targets the population over the age of 65 who may be dealing with problems like arthritis or juggling more than five medications a day.

The team is also one of the founding teams of the George Hacks Innovators in Action Program.  They were mentored by BME alumnus Konstantin Mitic, who co-founded the George Hacks organization and worked with the team as their adviser between rounds of pitches at the competition.

Recap | George Hacks partners with Lantuun Dohio for Human Trafficking Hackathon

Earlier this month, George Hacks wrapped up its first major event of the year, a two-week human trafficking hackathon in partnership with nonprofit organization Lantuun Dohio.

Lantuun Dohio was established to eradicate human trafficking and protect children from violence and exploitation in Mongolia. Their main approach is to work with children in vulnerable areas and foster self-worth and respect in their minds from a young age.

George Hacks and Lantuun Dohio are challenging GW students to work together to develop solutions in innovation marathon. The hackathon spanned sixteen days and challenged students to dive into pitches ranging from the reintegration of children into society after trauma experienced in trafficking to exploring solar panel efficiency.

While traditional hackathons focus on developing ideas over the span of a weekend, the George Hacks Fights Human Trafficking hackathon was a case study to see how successful the model could be with a less-condensed timeline.

“George Hacks Inspires Interdisciplinary Problem Solving,” GW Today

Read more about George Hacks human trafficking hackathon in partnership with Lantuun Dohio in the GW Today article “George Hacks Inspires Interdisciplinary Problem Solving.”

George Hacks Launches the Innovators in Action Program

George Hacks launched the Innovators in Action program two weeks ago when we sent 7 students to VCU’s 3rd Annual HealthHacks. This was the event that inspired our founding team to start George Hacks and we were so excited to be able to send more students to compete this year!

In 2017, George Hacks founder, Konstantin Mitic ‘18, attended the annual VCU medical hackathon. During the event, he developed a solution that went on to receive a medal, but he didn’t know how to further implement these ideas. He wanted to continue the innovative process even after the event was finished, but didn’t know how. The solution was simple: George Hacks.

Contact us to learn more and see how you can get involved in our Innovators in Action program.

Recap | George Hacks Kogan Makerspace

George Hacks co-hosted a makerspace event to showcase GWU’s growing ecosystem of innovation.

We opened up interactive activities to engage the student body and work to instill an entrepreneurial mindset at GW. The makerspace exposed GW students to the George Hacks community to showcase how students of all backgrounds can get involved and serve the community through innovation.

Students were able to engage with the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, GW Innovation Center, GW Data, Soylent, and Synapse to learn about each organization. George Hacks displayed their talent in a unique and engaging experiment by making music through potatoes at the event.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our Kogan Makerspace event. We had a great time meeting the GW community and sharing information about George Hacks.

George Hacks Founder, Konstantin Mitic, and his BME team take first place at 2018 Pelton Award for Outstanding Senior Design Project competition

George Hacks congratulates Konstantin Mitic, Paige Botie, Tania Singh, Trisha Talapatra, and Sarah Sopher for their first place win at the 2018 Pelton Award for Outstanding Senior Design Project competition. The title of their project is “Patient Transfer Sling and Hip Stabilization System”.  Watch them describe their research.

Dr. Pelton, Konstantin Mitic, Paige Botie, Tania Singh, Trisha Talapatra, Sarah Sopher and Dean Dolling

Recap | Inaugural Medical Solutions Hackathon

George Hacks’ Inaugural Medical Solutions Hackathon hosted GW students and other undergraduate students from Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia to compete for over 24 hours to develop assistive medical devices.

Not only were the pitches from our sponsors dynamic and challenging, but the solutions presented by participants surpassed our expectations.

Multiple teams developed relationships with our sponsor organizations and will be continuing in some format with their project or ideas. This was the ultimate goal of George Hacks, and we are already making big plans for next year.

Michael Ready
Director, George Hacks

Read more about George Hacks’ inaugural event featured in the GW Today article “GW Students Innovate at First George Hacks Competition.”


  • Student Association
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS)
  • Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME)
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
  • Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE)
  • Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering (EMSE)
  • SEAS Career Services Center
  • GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • AdvaMed
  • National Capital Region Society of Healthcare Engineers (NCR-SHE)
  • GW Autism Institute


34 Participants | 35 Judges & Mentors | 14 Organizations


1st Place

Team Members: Erin Flynn, Steven Brunetto, Logan Bartholomew

Pitch Title: Adapting Assistive Devices for Use in Burundian Refugee Camp in Tanzania

2nd Place

Team Members: Alexandra Kaplan, Natalie Zukoff, Sayna Matinrazm, Ngozi Ihenacho

Pitch Title: Smart Hospital Technology to Improve Patient Mood and Satisfaction

3rd Place

Team Members: Shirali Nigam, Bianca Karpinecz, Patrycja Mikolajczyk, Mercedes Suazo

Pitch Title: Reverse View Camera for Wheelchairs

Post-Event Booklet