Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?

A sprint-like event where participants team up and create solutions to different topics or challenges in an intense period of time. Using creativity, technology and mentoring, the week results in prototypes, fresh new concepts and innovation.

What is Hack&Heal about?

Hack&Heal is a hybrid hackathon where we are looking for students, fresh graduates or early stage startups who are willing to create innovative solutions in the area of healthcare during 48 hours.

I have an idea, what do I need to do?

  1. Find your teammates. Or apply solo, and ask to be added to a brand new team if you want. Lone wolves are also welcome.
  2. Register!
  3. Join us on March 25 offline or online and start brainstorming.
  4. Work on your solution with your team via Slack.
  5. Feel free to request mentoring on your project from experts.
  6. Submit your project video by 10:00 on March 27
  7. Take home your prize!

How can I submit my project?

To submit your project create a 2 minute video pitch, upload it to YouTube and link it on the submission form, along with a GitHub repo. The video can have you talking, a live app demo (if you have one), some cool animation, etc... whatever fits best. The jury will then evaluate projects based on the pitch and submission form. Please observe these conditions strictly as in other cases we will unfortunately not be able to evaluate your project.

What does the evaluation method look like?

You can find information about this at the Game Rules part.

How can the competitors evaluate each other?

JunctionApp uses an algorithm named Gavel to judge projects. In this pairwise-comparison-based algorithm participants review each other’s projects. The system incorporates a lot of research on mathematical psychology along with fancy math, resulting in a fair and scalable reviewing system. The user is always given two projects to compare, asked to vote for the better one and compare the newer project to the next one (and so forth). This way, one doesn’t have to take in consideration what the absolute perfect, nor what the absolutely worst project would look like. It’s enough to decide the better one of the two that the system suggests. In addition, participants are naturally curious to understand why a certain project has won. Peer reviewing gives them the possibility to have an overlook of other projects and cast their vote for the winners.

What are the evaluation criteria?

The projects will be evaluated according to some criterias which will be shared a few days before the event. But basically, we are mostly suggest the following aspects to the jury members to follow: prototype, feasibility, impact/value, innovativeness, presentation. Nevertheless, please note that the exact aspects and their percentages will be defined by the partners and can be diverse in the different topics.

How will the grand winner will be selected exactly?

As soon as we have the topic winners chosen by the partners and the teams who got the most votes in JunctionApp in each topic, we will ask them to prepare for the live pitch. They will have to present their ideas in 4 minutes and after each pitch there will be a quick Q&A session. This part aims to provide a closer insight into these solutions.

In the interest of having a fair selection, we only take into consideration the registered teams’ and the partners’ (including mentors and juries) votes since they will have the most relevant opinion and insight into the projects.

  • - Teams will have to go to JunctionApp where they will see the finalists and choose their favorite
  • - And partners will get a voting form where they also have to give their favorite team’s name

We will announce the grand winner according to the results of both of these voting methods.

Is there a chance that a team can win more prizes?

Yes, if a team is selected by the partners as a topic winner, they will also have the chance to win the grand prize. So it’s more than possible for a team to take home around 3,500 €.

Is participation free of charge?

Yes, you can enter the hackathon for free.

What is the official language of the event?

The event’s language is English from start to finish, including the mentorings and the pitch sessions.

Didn't find what you were looking for?

Please contact us at the email address below for any assistance or join our Slack workspace and we will help you out.

Where is Hack&Heal organized?

The event is organized in Budapest, however there is a possibility to join online. We will use an open Slack workspace as the main platform for communication, Junction App for the hackathon submissions and Hopin for the opening, closing ceremonies and additional programs of the event. The exact venue will be shared with offline participants a few weeks before the event. However, please note that only those competitors will be able to join us offline, who will be confirmed by the organiser team via an official confirmation email. For more information about the ways of attendance and information related to the new format, please check the "About the hybrid format" part!

Can I change my preferred way of attendance after I already registered?

Yes, you can. After you changed your selection in JunctionApp, please notify the organizers about it via

What happens if I get denied from offline participation?

Since there is a limited amount of space at the venue, unfortunately we can not admit everyone. If you get denied, do not worry! You can still participate virtually using our online platforms like Slack and Hopin.

How do I register as an individual?

Just simply register via the Junction site and choose No when asked if you’re applying as a team.

What about team size?

A team size can be between 2 to 5 people but you can also compete alone. If you’re looking for brand new team members, head to the #team_building channel on Slack or for additional help please contact someone from our team (e.g.: Vanda_organizer). Please also take into consideration, that because of the limitation of the venue, we will prioritize teams before individual contestants for offline participation.

How do I register as a team lead or as a team member?

Through the website link that paces you to our registration platform.

As a team lead:

  1. Registering via the Junction site, choose Yes when asked if you’re applying as a team.
  2. Click the ☰ icon in the top left corner of the page and go to Team page.
  3. Click „Create a new team”.
  4. The platform will generate a unique team code. Send this to your team members using mail or any other method. It is not possible to share the code directly via Junction.

As a team member:

  1. Registering via the Junction site, choose Yes when asked if you’re applying as a team.
  2. Click the ☰ icon in the top left corner of the page and go to Team page.
  3. Insert the code to „Join an existing team”. If you haven’t received a code from your team lead, ask them to re-check these instructions.

It’s not possible to share through the Junction App, so please share the team code between all team members for example by email.

When do I get more information about the categories?

The hackathon will have 3 main topics: healthcare, body & mind and health innovation. We will share more information about them before the event. Until then, if you are a little puzzled about them, think about the followings. In healthcare: medtech, pharma, cancer research; in the topic of body & mind: sport innovation, healthy diets, food and dietary supplement, nutritions and in the innovation topic: 3D printing, hospital's management, AI for healthcare, etc.

What will the live pitches look like on sunday?

Finalists will do a live pitch on Sunday in a previously decided order. Each pitch will be preceded by the team's youtube video and after that they will have 4 minutes to do the pitch. For the pitches, it is strongly suggested to prepare a presentation too with basic informations about the solution. In addition, the audience will have the chance to ask questions after each pitch. Once the teams have presented their idea, the audience will have some time to vote for the team they deem best. The exact method of the voting process can be found at the Game Rules part.

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Médea Baccifava

Médea Baccifava