This is our challenge to you.

Join us 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.


Location:  Benedum Hall (3700 O'Hara St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)

Timezone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Sept 15On-site Check In/Registration - Join The Discord / Sign in / Fill Out Forms5:00 PM
Sept 15Opening Ceremony6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sept 15Dinner + Team Formation Event7:00 PM
Sept 15[MLH] Microsoft Bob Ross Painting 10:00 PM
Sept 15Team/Track Finalization Deadline10:00 PM
Sept 16Midnight Snack12:00 AM
Sept 16Brunch10:00 AM
Sept 16Pitch Coaching11:00 AM
Sept 16ChatGPT Adversarial Attack Challenge Workshop1:00 PM
Sept 16ChatGPT Adversarial Attack Challenge Begins1:00 PM
Sept 16Korian Health Speaker Event 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Sept 16[MLH] WereWolf4:00 PM
Sept 16Dinner5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sept 17Midnight Snack12:00 AM
Sept 17ChatGPT Adversarial Attack Challenge Ends12:00 AM
Sept 17Breakfast8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Sept 17DevPost Submission Deadline8:30 AM
Sept 17Judging9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Sept 17Closing Ceremony and AwardsNoon


Big data and Machine Learning

Data is being generated at an incredible rate. Though these data sets may have been created for a specific purpose, leveraging data to develop other products is an incredible opportunity. Managing data has been more and more difficult. With the advent of machine learning, these data can be leveraged as training sets to automatically process data. Our challenge to you is to find the ways that big data and machine learning to make advances in healthcare.

Governance and Ethics in AI

Artificial Intelligence is increasingly becoming more involved in healthcare. With this integration, questions and barriers need to start arising to ensure accountability and safety for private information. Our challenge to you is to find ways to protect patient’s private information and ensure good use of technology for the benefit of all.

Women’s Health

Women experience health issues unique to themselves – and conditions that affect both men and women can have additional complications when you’re a woman. Additional inequalities exist that results in women experiencing decreased health outcomes through diagnosis and treatment. Our challenge to you is to utilize technology to improve healthcare outcomes for women.

Health Literacy

Health literacy has been a major point of contention in past years. Many announcements from the scientific community have had mixed uptake. Common issues have revolved around COVID, vaccines, and infection prevention. However, improving health literacy is a long standing opportunity in the US. Complicating the situation, there is a significant amount of information online that is created to sell products that have no scientific basis. Our challenge to you is to create robust solutions to help improve health literacy for COVID and beyond.

Games for Health

Most people find gaming fun, but learning not. Our challenge to you is to gamify learning about topics in healthcare.

Supporting Caregivers

Many patients require assistance from caregivers/family members in performing activities of daily living, tasks that are essential in leading a quality life. Healthcare is primarily focused on providing assistance to said patients. However, we often fail to address the caregiver role and the additional stress that comes with the responsibility. Our challenge to you is to utilize technology to provide support for caregivers to ensure that both they and the patient have the best possible quality of life.

Patient safety

Do no harm. Medical errors are responsible for more than 250,000 deaths annually, making it the third leading cause of death annually in the United States. Misread instructions, incorrect doses, and wrong site surgeries are all examples of medical errors that can occur across the healthcare continuum. Supporting the practice and workflow of clinicians, using data to double-check processes, and empowering patients to play a proactive role in their care can improve care. Our challenge to you is to leverage technology to improve the safety of patients.

Sustainability in Healthcare

Climate change and pollution are major problems impacting our world right now. Unfortunately, the healthcare industry is a major driver of waste and pollutants. Our challenge to you is to mitigate pollution and improve healthcare by utilizing technology.

Burnout in Healthcare Workers

Many workers in healthcare face burnout due to multiple factors, such as societal, cultural, and overall workload. This burnout can lead to lower-quality care and medical errors for patients. Our challenge to you is to leverage technology to improve healthcare workers' experience and prevent burnout.

Patient Engagement

Patients experience better outcomes if they understand what is happening with their health. Our challenge to you is to utilize technology to help patients stay engaged in their health.


Grand Prizes

1st Place ($3000)
2nd Place ($2000)
3rd Place ($1000)

Big data and Machine LearningJBL Flip 5 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Governance and Ethics in AIWacom one Creative pen tablet
Women’s HealthGoogle Nest Home Hub
Health literacyKodak Flik X7 HD Home Theater LED Projector
Health Education GameBluetooth Yeti Microphone
Supporting CaregiversRoku Ultra 4K
Patient safetyFuji Film Camera
Sustainability in HealthcareSamsung Galaxy Buds
Burnout in Healthcare workersSamsung 8.7" Galaxy Tab A7 Lite
Patient engagementAmazon Echo Show 8


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 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.

Will the event be held virtually or in-person?

Currently, the Pitt Challenge is set to be in-person!

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?

Yes, the Pitt Challenge will follow the MLH 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.

Is there travel reimbursement?

*All participants seeking the Pitt Challenge's $100.00 travel reimbursement and are traveling by bus, train, or plane, must present a receipt of travel at the time of onsite registration and complete a w9 per University policies. Those who are traveling by car seeking travel reimburse must also complete an appropriate w9 form at the time of onsite registration to be provided up to and not to exceed $100.00 toward their round-trip mileage.Only the first 100 onsite registrants who request travel reimbursement and successfully submit their project will receive travel reimbursement.

Any other question?

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Our Team

Ian Foo

Ian Foo

Dominique Pantin

Dominique Pantin

Jordan Pulaski

Jordan Pulaski

Krit Ravichander

Krit Ravichander

Ravi Patel

Ravi Patel

Rohaan Wasim

Rohaan Wasim

Tianyi Zheng

Tianyi Zheng

Quentin Romero

Quentin Romero

Vivswan Shah

Vivswan Shah


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