George Hacks Fourth Annual Medical Solutions Hackathon Coming Soon!

In less than two weeks George Hacks will host its fourth annual Medical Solutions Hackathon this January 16th-17th, 2021! Our team has been working tirelessly throughout the last few months in order to make this event even more exciting than our last and we can’t wait to see what innovative projects teams will come up with! Here are a few things to look forward to!

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the hackathon will be a fully virtual event hosted on Discord and Zoom. Discord will be organized into several servers with channels for participants to navigate throughout the event. Here participants will get a chance to introduce themselves and meet other participants as well! For those without a team, this would be an opportunity for them to potentially meet their other team members that they would want to work with. 

George Hacks is also honored to have Tammy Landeen as our keynote speaker this year. Tammy is an incredible individual that has overcome many obstacles through her determination and grit. She is an Army Veteran and Quality of Life + Challenger who served as a Tactical Power Generation Specialist in the US Army. Unfortunately, after sustaining a severe spinal cord injury in 2002, Tammy was left wheelchair bound. Despite the difficulties she faced, Tammy lives life to the fullest and continues to work with engineers to improve her quality of life everyday. 

In addition to Discord, students will also be able to make introductions  during our pre-hackathon workshops and activities. Led by our George Hacks team members, three workshops and a baking night will be hosted before the hackathon begins. These workshops will be crash courses on a variety of skills, both business and technical, that teams may utilize during the brainstorming and/or pitching stage of the competition. These sessions will be a low stress environment for participants to learn new skills, get to know each other, and ask any questions that they may have. 

During the hackathon, we will also host three other workshops and two more activities for participants to join. For more information on the schedule keep a look out on our Instagram page (@george.hacks) or join our Discord channel! All sessions will be available as recordings to participants to access at any time during the competition. 

New this year, George Hacks is introducing tracks for the first time! Each pitch that we have received has been placed in one of three tracks. Participants will be able to select a track to work on and generate solutions based on the pitches presented within each track! The three tracks are as follows; 

  1. Assistive Technology. Pitches under this track inspire the development of assistive devices and software to aid providers and patients with effective diagnosis and/or rehabilitation.
  2. Telemedicine. Pitches under this track bring awareness to the challenges faced by healthcare providers who wish to shift their medical practice to a remote setting, especially in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Communication. Pitches under this track motivate solutions to facilitate better communication across the local medical community network so that patients can access care and resources in the most efficient way possible.

These are just some of the things our team has worked on the last few months. There are many more surprises in store so be sure to sign up for the hackathon if you haven’t already! Follow our Instagram for updates and check out our FAQ page if you have any questions. 

George Hacks Sets Goals for a New Academic Year

Recently, George Hacks has formulated three goals we hope to achieve in the next academic year of 2020-2021. Our objective with these goals is to improve our presence both on and off the GW campus, with both students and partners alike, while promoting an impact-driven, entrepreneurial mindset to healthcare innovation.

Our three goals are as follows:

  1. Integrate a hands-on technology experience for students
  2. Begin an initiative to collect healthcare projects year-round
  3. Increase engagement within GW and in the DC community

So how do we plan to achieve these goals?

  1. New to George Hacks this year is our Technical Team. Our Tech Team will have the capacity to improve the management of technical supplies at our events. For Kogan Makerspace, they will focus on developing activities that allow students of all majors and backgrounds to discover the technical workings of innovation. In addition, we will now be able to provide better support and resources for participants to include beginner-to-intermediate level technical skills to any project at our Annual Medical Solutions Hackathon.
  2. As a way to improve the hackathon experience, we have already created a publicly-available pitch collection form through which our network of professors and partners can submit ideas they would like to see students work on. From this initiative, we hope to be able to provide students with a larger and more diverse collection of healthcare problem statements to choose from that align with their interests and passions.
  3. Lastly, we hope to accomplish our final task of growing our presence within and outside GW by establishing new partnerships and collaborations with local-to-DC schools and nonprofits. Through this, we hope to leave a larger impact on society by empowering a new generation of healthcare innovation changemakers inclusive of all members within our regional community.

These are just three of the overarching goals we developed to guide our work for the upcoming year. However, we’d also love to hear from you! Comment below with suggestions on how George Hacks can further our impact in the community! We hope you all are just as excited as we are to see how these initiatives will improve your experience at our events!

Meet the 2020-2021 Team!

Meet our new team! Recently, we have begun preparing for the fall semester so be sure to stay tuned for everything we have planned for the upcoming year! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest George Hacks news and email us to subscribe to our monthly newsletters!

Lets meet the team!

We are proud to share that amid the coronavirus pandemic, several of our new team members participated in COVID-19 projects to ideate innovative solutions to problems faced by healthcare professionals in our community. If you missed our blog post on COVID-19 projects, read it here and visit out our Projects Page to see how you can get involved!

George Hacks Receives New Office Space at MakeOffices

Last night, George Hacks team members attended the GW Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab (I+E Lab) Partnership Kickoff and Open House at MakeOffices at their new location in the 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue Building.

The kickoff launched the GW IE Lab partnership with Makeoffices that will serve as an on-campus resource to GW students and faculty. The event was a chance to showcase the new space and to allow students, faculty and other attendees to network over some light refreshments.

The coworking space is open to students and staff to come with their ideas and have access to one-to-one advising, office hours with industry experts, workshops, and events. Additionally, the MakeOffices location is equipped with a full kitchen, various working spaces, a full kitchen and even free coffee!

The GW IE Lab also has office co-working spaces that are open to student organizations who can work on their ideas and projects. George Hacks has been provided with two desks in the office where we work to plan our events and interact with team members. We also hold our weekly e-board meetings in the MakeOffices conference rooms. 

We are thankful to the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the opportunity to have space in the office and look forward to collaborating and innovating with other students, faculty and organizations on campus through the coworking space.

George Hacks Officially Acquired Non-Profit Status!

Before George Hacks was established at the GW campus in 2018, George Washington University lacked a space for students of all disciplines to come together for a greater purpose: healthcare innovation. In response to this demand, we envisioned George Hacks as a one-time medical hackathon. Our first event generated overwhelmingly positive energy surrounding our generation’s effort and capability in addressing pressing healthcare issues. We had given students a hands-on opportunity to envision their future role in the betterment of social health, and in some cases, turn their ideas into a new venture. 

From there, we couldn’t help but think bigger. So, in order to create a sustainable platform for social impact innovation in D.C. and in surrounding areas, George Hacks has acquired non-profit status. Please read below about the four George Hacks Incorporators. The support and enthusiasm of our diverse community of faculty, staff, industry professionals, mentors, and students have been the driving force behind our growth. With each step we take to broaden our impact, we strive to better serve the George Hacks community and those outside of it whose lives can be changed through students’ problem-solving, teamwork, and forward-thinking mindset. 

George Hacks has transformed from an event into a community, changing education through innovation. Despite our non-profit status, much else will remain unchanged at the student level. We will still be hosting our Annual Medical Solutions Hackathon on January 25th-26th of 2020, in addition to a few other exciting events this year. Please stay tuned on our website and social media for more updates!

Caitlyn Pratt (SEAS ‘21) has been the face of George Hacks’ growth since she joined the team in 2018 as a sophomore. She will continue in her role as Director and will oversee the coordination of events and engage our growing network. 
Brianna Cathey (SEAS ‘19) served as Technical Director of George Hacks beginning with the inaugural hackathon. She has curated the innovation challenges presented to students and provided participants with prototyping resources and assistance.
Konstantin Mitic (SEAS ‘18) first planted the George Hacks seed after he left his first hackathon wanting to create a network for students to continue with the innovative process even after a hackathon ended. He is everywhere all at once with his undying enthusiasm and positive engagement with the George Hacks community.
Michael Ready (CCAS ‘19), our resident non-engineer, is the brains behind the initial development of a hackathon with social impact. His strategy in putting together our first event has allowed us to leverage George Hacks into a sustainable community around social innovation.