This is our challenge to you.

Join us on October 22nd-24th online to engage in critical conversations regarding healthcare and pharmacy with industry giants and leading researchers. We want everyone - pharmacy students, engineers, designers, and more - to come and help solve some of the biggest challenges facing the world today.

For Healthcare Students:

Even if you have no coding experience, your team will need your insights into the world of healthcare and pharmacy. Keep in mind that your fellow participants are students like yourself, and everyone is trying to work together to learn and develop amazing ideas.

For Tech-Based Students:

Even if you have no experience with healthcare or pharmacy, your team will need your ability to rapidly produce software from ideas. Your team will provide the healthcare background that you need to succeed. Remember that everyone will be learning to build something together.

Virtual Schedule

Location: Virtual / On Zoom

Date Description Time
Friday 10/22 Registration - Join The Discord/Sign in, Fill Out Form 6:00 - 7:00 PM  
Friday 10/22 Opening Ceremony 7:00 - 7:45 PM
Friday 10/22 Start of Competition 7:45 PM
Friday 10/22 Formal Team Formation - Make a DevPost 7:45 PM
Friday 10/22 MLH Workshop - tentative 9:00 PM
Friday 10/22 Motivational Speech - tentative 9:30 PM
Friday 10/22 Team/Track Finalization 10:00 PM
Saturday 10/23 Virtual Workout Class 8:00 AM
Saturday 10/23 Workshop #1a - tentative 10:00 AM
Saturday 10/23 Workshop #1b - tentative 10:00 AM
Saturday 10/23 Workshop #2 - tentative 12:00 PM
Saturday 10/23 Game Day Begins - tentative 2:00 PM
Saturday 10/23 Workshop #3 - tentative 4:00 PM
Saturday 10/23 tentative 6:00 PM
Saturday 10/23 MLH Workshop - tentative 8:00 PM
Saturday 10/23 Game Night #2 Begins - tentative 10:00 PM
Sunday 10/24 DevPost Submission Due 11:45 AM
Sunday 10/24 Judging Begins 12:00 PM
Sunday 10/24 Closing and Awards 3:00 PM

Last Year's Challenges

Last Year's Prizes (2020)

  • 1st Place


  • 2nd Place


  • 3rd Place


  • Healthcare Experiential Learning


  • Supporting Frontline Health Workers

    Bluetooth Thermometer

  • Telemedicine: Remote Patient Interaction

    Remote Pilot Drone

  • Contact Tracing

    Keyring Tile

  • From Physical to Digital Systems

    Digital Scale

  • Mobile Health Records

    Wearable Fitness Tracker

  • Virtual Medical Simulation

    Projected Keyboard

  • Intelligent Personal Assistants

    Amazon Echo Show

  • Big-Data/Machine Learning In Healthcare

    23 And Me Ancestry Kit

  • Mental Health During Social Isolation

    Headspace Annual Subscription

  • EchoAR Sponsor Challenge - AR/VR Application

    $50 Amazon Gift Card, 1-month Business Tier Access, Possible Project on "Inspiration" page

  • MLH - Best Hardware Hack SPonsored By Digi-Key

    Grove Beginner Kit, With Arduino Uno R3

  • MLH - Best Use of Google Cloud

    Google Nest Minis

  • MLH - GitHub Octocat Drawing

    Octocat Figurine

  • MLH - Best Domain Name from

    PowerSquare Qi Wireless Chargers and Backpacks

  • MLH - Best Use of CockroachDB

    CockroachDB Branded 3-Doodle 3D Printing Pen

  • Google - Best Use of Google Cloud

    Cloud Patagonia Backpack, trophy, water bottle


    What is the Pitt Challenge?
    • The Pitt Challenge is an event held in Pittsburgh to bring together students from many disciplines to solve problems in the health field.

    What is a hackathon?
    • A hackathon is an invention marathon. Students come together to build cool software & hardware hacks over 24-48 hours. It’s very beginner friendly.

    How much does attending the Pitt Challenge cost?
    • Nothing. Attending the Pitt Challenge is free.

    Will I get swag?
    • Yes! We will ship you a Pitt Challenge 2021 T-Shirt free of charge and more!

    Can we start early?
    • According to MLH guidelines, we ask that you start your projects at the beginning of the hackathon.

    Who can attend the Pitt Challenge?
    • Students who are currently enrolled at a college/university are welcome to attend. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept high school hackers. Must be 18+ to compete.
    • Student of ALL majors are welcome! We are looking for thinkers and problem solvers from many backgrounds.

    How big are teams? Do I need to find a team before the Pitt Challenge?
    • Teams can have up to 4 members. Don't worry about creating a team ahead of time! We will have a team formation session at the beginning of the hackathon.

    Who owns the ideas?
    • All ideas are property of the team that creates them. Pitt will not own your IP.

    Where is the event?
    • The Pitt Challenge will be virtual this year due to world circumstances! Online discussions will be on discord.

    What is Major League Hacking?
    • Major League Hacking is the official student hackathon league in North America & Europe. They work with over 200 Member Events to empower over 70,000 students every year.

    Is there a code of conduct?

    What forms do I need if I win?
    • We will have all winners fill out either a W8 or W9 for their prizes.

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