This is our challenge to you.

Join us on October 22-24, 2021 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.

2021 Virtual Schedule

Location: Virtual / On Zoom

Timezone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)

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 - 9:00 PM
Friday 10/22 MLH Mini Event - AirForce Cyber Security 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Friday 10/22 Motivational Speech (Colin Wolf / Steve Canton) 9:30 PM - 9:45 PM
Friday 10/22 Team/Track Finalization Due 10:30 PM
Saturday 10/23 Video Check-in 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Saturday 10/23 Workshop - Smoking Meats Extravaganza 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Saturday 10/23 Game - Scavenger Hunt 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Saturday 10/23 Form Check-in 6:00 PM
Saturday 10/23 MLH Mini Event - MS Bob Ross Paint 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Sunday 10/24 Practice Pitches 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunday 10/24 DevPost Submission Due 11:45 AM
Sunday 10/24 Judging Begins 12:00 PM
Sunday 10/24 Closing Ceremony and Awards 3:00 PM

2021 Challenges

  • Virtual Experiential Learning (Ex: Virtual Compounding Lab)
  • Burnout in Healthcare Workers
  • Remote Patient Interaction
  • Mobile Health Records (Ex: Vaccine Card Verification)
  • Virtual Medical Simulation
  • Intelligent Personal Assistants
  • Improving Health Literacy
  • Point of Care Testing
  • Big-Data/Machine Learning In Healthcare
  • Mental Health During Social Isolation


Grand Prizes

  • 1st Place


  • 2nd Place


  • 3rd Place


Additional Prizes available for Track Winners*

  • JBL Wireless Headphones

    JBL Wireless Headphones
  • Lenovo Smart tablet

  • Logitech MX Anywhere 2S Wireless Mouse (Graphite)

    Logitech MX Anywhere 2S Wireless Mouse (Graphite)
  • PS5 Controller

    PS5 Controller
  • Google Nest

    Google Nest
  • iHome Portable White Noise

    iHome Portable White Noise
  • Amazon Echo Dot

    Amazon Echo Dot
  • Magnus VT-100 Tripod System with 2-Way Pan Head

    Magnus VT-100 Tripod System with 2-Way Pan Head
  • YETI Rambler 26oz

    YETI Rambler 26oz
  • Fitbit Inspire

    Fitbit Inspire
  • JBL Flip

    JBL Flip

*Winning participants of each track will receive a cash prize, while organizers

may provide a prize item in place of cash from the catalog below.


    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.