Welcome to the fifth annual Pitt Challenge!

We are a student-led hackathon and we aim to provide an environment to sustain a global effort from students from all over the world on October 22nd-24th virtually.  We want everyone - pharmacy students, engineers, designers, and more - to come and help solve some of the biggest challenges facing healthcare and pharmacy today. Happy hacking!

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.


1. Building an application
We highly encourage an MVP (Minimal Viable Product) of your idea with code and a working demo. No-code proofs of concept are accepted but will be marked for no code. Cheating is not tolerated and cheating is working on your idea before the hackathon official start time (10/22 @ 7:45 PM). There are anti-cheating measures from Devpost and MLH so please do not cheat!

No cross submissions:
You cannot submit your application if you are submitting to other hackathons.

2. Submitting a video

To show your project, you must make a presentation about your awesome project! This presentation should at least have the following slides:

  • Team Introductions
  • Problem statement
  • Solution proposal
  • Demo

The presentation should be under 3 minutes with an emphasis on the problem statement, solution proposal, and demo.

To submit the recording of your presentation, there will be an option to add a video when you are completing the submission form.

Hackathon Sponsors


$4,700 in prizes

Overall 1st Place

$2000 Cash Prize

Overall 2nd Place

$1500 Cash Prize

Overall 3rd Place

$1000 Cash Prize

Best Use of Google Cloud

⭐ Google Cloud Swag Bag or Backpack ⭐

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Each winning team member located in the US will receive a Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, pillow, journal, socks and lanyards. International winners will receive a Google branded backpack.

Best Use of Auth0

⭐ Exclusive Auth0 Swag made for MLH Winners ⭐

Auth0 wants your applications to be secure! Use any of the Auth0 APIs for a chance to win some exclusive swag, including a Miir 12oz tumbler, Rubiks Cube, and sticker! Why spend hours building features like social sign-in, Multi-Factor Authentication, and passwordless log-in when you can enable them through Auth0 straight out of the box? Save some time on your hack and set yourself up for a big win. It doesn’t take much to get started. Auth0 is free to try with up to 7,000 free active users and unlimited log-ins. Make your new account today!

Virtual Experiential Learning

With the current pandemic, virtual learning has become a large part of everyone’s lives. Virtual experiential learning is still being developed and improved day by day. Experiential learning is known as “action learning” or “hands-on learning”. Converting that to a virtual platform has been an obstacle for many. Our challenge to you is to improve virtual experiential learning. This can be a specific element of virtual experiential learning or virtual experiential learning.

Burnout in Healthcare Workers

Burnout in healthcare workers has increased over the years. The constant stress people experience at their job leads to burnout which causes individuals to become overwhelmed and interfere with their own wellbeing as well as the quality of care they provide to patients. During this pandemic, burnout in healthcare workers has become more and more prevalent leading many to lose their passion for the job. Our challenge to you is to find a solution in reducing the increasing prevalence of burnout in healthcare workers.

Remote Patient Interaction

Remote patient interaction has become a necessity as well as a convenience to many. It provides a safe and flexible option to many patients. The past year has increased caution in many patients; whether it be for their own health or for the health of those around them. With the increasing improvements in virtual patient interaction platforms, it has provided flexibility and convenience to those who may be too busy to physically see a doctor. Or to those who are unsure if their illness requires in person medical attention and expenses. While there have been great strides in remote patient interaction, there are still many challenges healthcare providers and patients face. Our challenge to you is to identify an area that needs improvement as well as a solution to this issue.

Mobile Health Records

Mobile health records allow for patients to view their own medical information on their own electronic device at any location. It provides a convenient way for patients to communicate their own medical conditions to healthcare professionals, medical facilities, family members, and more. However, there are many issues with mobile health records that have hindered it from becoming widely used. For example, the security/confidentiality of medical information has been a large factor. Besides security/confidentiality, what other challenges are there in mobile health records? What is a solution?

Virtual Medical Simulation

In the past year, healthcare students from many different fields had their in-person clinical learning canceled due to the risk of COVID spread. Virtual medical simulations have become more and more important in helping to teach when an in-person option isn’t available. Furthermore, some 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. What new ways can we leverage technology to help train our healthcare workforce?

Intelligent Personal Assistants

Hey Google! What is an intelligent personal assistant? Help us define the future of this term! We currently use personal assistants to do anything from scheduling to playing Despacito. What new ways can we use this powerful tool to improve efficiency, health, and wellness in our lives?

Improving Health Literacy

Health literacy has been a major point of contention in the past year, with many announcements from the scientific community having mixed uptake. The most prominent issue in the past year has 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. What robust solutions can we create to help improve health literacy for COVID and beyond?

Point of Care Testing

Point of care testing has been at the forefront of healthcare in the community setting in the past year with COVID’s emergence. COVID tests have become incredibly important in reducing the spread of disease and helping people get early treatment. However, point of care testing has existed as things like testing for diabetes with A1C, strep throat with the rapid strep test, and many others. How can we improve the workflow of these tests and translate them into getting people the care they need?

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 those data to develop other products is an incredible opportunity. However, managing those 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. What new ways can we use big data and machine learning to make advances in healthcare?

Mental Health

Mental health has been a major focus in the past year. Whether it’s finding ways to continue to be social or help from a licensed therapist, getting help to get through tough times has been more and more difficult. Social gatherings have been limited by the spread of COVID and the emergence of the delta variant. Cognitive behavioral therapy has been in incredibly high demand, especially in the college setting. Our challenge to you is to develop a solution that may help maintain mental wellness.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




Judging Criteria

  • Technical Complexity Achieved
    How technically ambitious was the project? How much did the team complete? (Weighted)
  • Problem
    How clearly was the problem defined? How directly was it linked to a user's pain/need (empathy)? (Weighted)
  • Creativity
    Does the solution attempt to solve the problem in a novel way
  • Feasibility
    How practical is the solution as it pertains to the end-user?
  • Value
    How large is the market potential and/or human impact? How likely are you to recommend this solution for someone with the presented problem? (Weighted) What % of your investable income would you invest on this solution?

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