This is our challenge to you.

Join us on October 21-22, 2022 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)

Date Description Time
Oct 21 On-site Check In/Registration Opens - Join The Discord / Sign in / Fill Out Forms 5:00 PM
Oct 21 Dinner 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Oct 21 Opening Ceremony 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Oct 21 Team Formation Event 7:00 PM
Oct 21 Team/Track Finalization Deadline 10:00 PM
Oct 21 MS Paint Bob Ross With MLH 10:00 PM
Oct 22 Midnight Snack 12:00 AM
Oct 22 Morning Yoga 7:00 AM
Oct 22 Breakfast 8:00 AM
Oct 22 Project Pitch Coaching 10:00 AM
Oct 22 DigitalOcean Overview & Workshop (Virtual) 11:00 AM
Oct 22 Lunch 12:00 PM
Oct 22 Gilead Patient Engagement Event (Virtual) 1:00 PM
Oct 22 Snyk Cybersecurity Challenge With MLH 2:00 PM
Oct 22 DevPost Submission Deadline 4:30 pm
Oct 22 Dinner 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Oct 22 Judging 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Oct 22 Closing Ceremony and Awards 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Patient Engagement

Patients (and the people that take care of them) experience better outcomes if they understand what is happening with their health. Often, engaging in our medical system can be a confusing, scary, expensive, and gate-kept experience - and clinical trials are no exception. Most people simply don’t “speak the language” of medicine. Layered on top of that, sometimes people simply don’t abide by their care plan. They may not understand it, it may have too much burden or maybe they just don’t like going to the doctor. How might you help patients stay engaged via technology?

Health Equity and Diversity

Racial, socioeconomic, and geographic factors play a part in who has reliable and consistent access to healthcare. Ensuring equitable access is not only the right thing to do but allows a broader portion of society to get access to promising new potential therapies, and contribute to scientific advancement. Think about how technology can help open doors beyond typical wealthy and white clinical trial participants. Be mindful that language barriers and technological proficiency impact many communities.

Where Digital Doesn’t Work

It might seem a bit counterintuitive to consider solutions outside of digital for a Hackathon focused on digital health, but it’s critical to consider serving patients that may not have access to smartphones, wi-fi or laptops - or may not possess technological literacy. How do we implement solutions to keep patients engaged and reach out to diverse communities when the commonly used tech might be limited? Think about things like - underserved patients without devices, rural communities without reliable internet, patients with limited or no proficiency in English, etc.

Patient Safety

Do no harm. Medical errors are responsible for more than 250,000 deaths each year, 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 error 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.

Lifestyle as Medicine

Patients spend 99.9% of their lives outside of healthcare clinics. Our challenge to you is to incorporate activities of daily living such as nutrition, sleep, mental health, and exercise as key components of both health and everyday life.

Increasing 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.

Boosting Vaccination Uptake / Experience

Vaccinations are one of the most widespread opportunities to prevent illness and maintain health. Currently the experience of getting vaccines can be disjointed or logistical nightmare. Our challenge to you is to ensure that specific patient populations, specific vaccine boosters, or the experience of getting vaccines are made as smooth as possible.

Going Face-to-facetime

Healthcare used to be synchronous, face-to-face, or a game of phone tag. Our challenge to you is to create future of healthcare when we leverage technology to fit the lives of patients and clinicians instead of the other way around.

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.

Virtual Medical Simulation

In the past year, clinicians, patients, and healthcare students have shifted in-person experiences canceled due to the risk of COVID spread. Virtual medical simulations have become more and more important in helping multiple stakeholders when an in-person option isn’t available. Other fields have leveraged virtual simulations for years. Flight simulators have helped pilots and astronauts gain crucial experience and robotic surgery simulators have helped surgeons train their hands without a human under the knife. Our challenge to you is to find new ways can we leverage technology to help clinicians, patients, or learners leverage more realities.


Grand Prizes

1st Place ($3000)
2nd Place ($2000)
3rd Place ($1000)
Each member of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place grand-prize-winning teams will receive a year ofWolfram|One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription toWolfram|Alpha Pro.

Additional Prizes available for Track Winners

Track Prize
Gilead - Patient Engagement $500.00 Cash Prize
Gilead - Health Equity and Diversity $500.00 Cash Prize
Gilead - Where Digital Doesn't Work $500.00 Cash Prize
Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative - Patient Safety $500.00 Cash Prize
Lifestyle As Medicine Honeywell HPA100 True HEPA Air Purifier
Increasing Health Literacy Kodak Flik X7 HD Home Theater LED Projector
Boosting Vaccination Uptake/Experience LG SP2 100W Stereo Soundbar (speaker)
Going Face-to-Facetime Amazon Echo Show
Big-Data/Machine Learning In Healthcare JBL Flip 5 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Virtual Medical Simulation JBL Live Pro 2 Noise-Canceling True Wireless In-Ear Headphones


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 2022 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 theMLH 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 on Friday, October 21st 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 on Friday, October 21st to be provided up to and not to exceed $100.00 toward their roundtrip milage. Only the first 100 onsite registrants who request travel reimbursement and successfully submit their project will receive travel reimbursement.


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