Students: Win a £1000 prize in the Health Services Hackathon

Undergraduate, masters and PhD students throughout the Leeds and Sheffield City Regions are invited to take part in a Health Services Hackathon on Friday 11 October – Sunday 13 October 2019.

Teams will compete to develop the best solution for a real-world healthcare issue outlined on the day. Participants will have 48 hours to develop their idea and present it to a friendly panel of experts from industry and academia for a chance to win a £1,000 prize.

The Hackathon is run in partnership with the National MedTech Skills Academy at University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University and the Surgical MIC.

Any idea can be presented as long as it combines several academic disciplines and can be pitched in a ten-minute slot.

Students from any academic background are invited to take part, including:

  • Medicine and Health
  • Engineering
  • Business
  • Design
  • Psychology
  • Biology
  • Computer sciences

Solutions developed during the Hackathon can include, but are not limited to, the following prototypes:

  • Apps
  • Devices
  • Service-models
  • Business plans

Participating students will have access to mentors, the Leslie Silver library and free refreshments for the entire duration of the weekend to support their work.

This event will provide all participating students excellent experience in developing commercial solutions to unmet needs, and the opportunity to improve local health services.

Find out more

Interested students, or lecturers and supervisors who know students that might like to take part can contact Suzanne Morton ( for more information about the Hackathon.