Frequently Asked Questions
What’s a hackathon?
In our eyes, we define a hackathon as a design sprint - like event where people from all walks of life come together over a short period of time to build something cool. We emphasise learning, building connections and fun.
Traditionally however, it’s an event where computer programmers come together to ‘hack’ or program something together.
What is assistive technology?
We define assistive technology as any sort of tech that tries to address a challenge associated with disability
Apps, new fangled grabby thingys, autonomous wheelchairs, vests that vibrate to music, bracelets that detect seizures; if it improves someone’s quality of life, you’re in good stead.
What is Human Centred Design ?
Human Centred Design is a way of thinking about the world. It’s a problem solving framework that puts the human or user at the centre of the problem you’re solving.
It emphasises empathy, curiosity, collaboration and the use of constant feedback and iteration.
Who can participate?
If you’re a student at university at any level of study (undergrad, postgrad, even if you’ve graduated), or a professional interested in assistive technology, you’re invited!
We look for diversity of participants, ranging from tech geeks, engineering nerds, clinicians, entrepreneurs, designers, bioethicists, and everything in between.
Do I need experience to attend?
Nope! We intend for this to be a learning experience. We feel one of the most powerful ways to learn is to learn by doing :)
Who is behind MedHack?
MYMI- we’re an interdisciplinary community of students and early career researchers from diverse academic backgrounds, determined to achieve positive social impact through biomedical innovation.