Recap | George Hacks 2019 Kogan Makerspace

George Hacks hosted its Second Annual Kogan Makerspace event two weeks ago on Wednesday, October 9th, an event showcasing the growing innovation ecosystem at GW.

A pop-up event in the main plaza at the George Washington University, Kogan Makerspace featured several activity stations, free George Hacks SWAG and drinks, our tabling partners, and even a competition to win a free Bluetooth speaker.

At the stations, students were immersed in hands-on activities in order to gain insight into some of the tools available for ideation, creation, and innovation. Students could print designs and objects with 3-D printing pens, play songs on a floor piano, make their very own circuit, write their ideas about change on a collaborative think board, and even take home a do-it-yourself heart sensor for a chance to win a wireless speaker worth $100.

Along with the various activities, participants were able to interact with our tabling partners involved with innovation and entrepreneurship on campus, including GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, GWupstart, GW Data and the Veterans Health Administration. Our partner organizations informed students about their organizations and the resources they made available to students.

George Hacks 2019 Kogan Makerspace Tabling Partners

Students were also able to converse with members of the George Hacks team to learn more about our resources and network.

The next major George Hacks event will be our Third Annual Medical Solutions Hackathon on January 25th-26th, 2020, a 24-hour interdisciplinary healthcare-focused hackathon open to students of all majors.

Recap | George Hacks Year in Review Social

As the Spring semester came to a close, we enjoyed bringing the George Hacks community back together once more to share this year’s progress, talk about our future plans, and express our gratitude for people’s contribution to George Hacks.

The George Hacks Year in Review Social was held on Thursday, May 2nd in B1 of the GW Science and Engineering Hall.

The team enjoyed indulging in some hors d’oeuvres and desserts while mingling with participants, GW faculty, mentors, and sponsors.

Thank you to everyone who attended and for making this year such a huge success!

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


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.”

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.

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