Winning Teams!
Congratulations to our five winning teams!

1st Place - iManhole (Team 22)
2nd Place - Canopy (Team 11)
3rd Place - FloodWise (Team 10)
Honorable Mention - EHAUS (Team 13)
Honorable Mention - Solario (Team 20)

The EGHI/GA Tech Global Health Hackathon provides multidisciplinary student teams from both institutions an opportunity to create technology-based product solutions for global health problems.  The goal is for student teams to develop marketable products. We welcome and encourage undergraduate and graduate students from all majors and disciplines to participate!
Teams of Emory University and Georgia Tech students compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to take their solution to market through GT's CREATE-X Startup Launch during summer 2024.

This is a collaboration among the Emory Global Health Institute, GA Tech's CREATE X, the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech & Emory, and The Hatchery Center for Innovation.
Virtual First Round, Final Round in Person at Georgia Tech
Date & Time
Round 1: Pitches due by
October 25 at 11:00AM

Finalist Presentations: November 11
SEP 1 9:00AM
Oct 3 7:00PM
Hosted at The Hatchery on Emory's campus, come get your welcome packet, connect in person with your team members, and review competition rules. If you do not yet have a complete team, this is also an opportunity to meet potential team members. If you cannot attend in person, we will also stream the event on Zoom. More information to come!
Oct 13 8:00PM
1 designated team member emails the names of all team members + chosen topic to [email protected]. Team number will be assigned upon receipt of email. This is also the deadline for all team members to be registered to participate. 
OCT 25 11:00AM
Teams will submit project via RocketJudge submission form
NOV 6 2:00PM
The top 8 teams will be invited to revise their work, based on their first round feedback, and present their pitches in person before a panel of judges. Finalists will be posted on this website and sent via email.
NOV 11 1:00PM
All finalists will present, in person, in front of our panel of final round judges. The in person, final presentations will be hosted at Tech Square ATL Social Club. Winners will be announced at the competition site, posted on this website, and sent via email. If you would like to attend the final round presentations, you can RSVP here!
Teams must have students from BOTH Emory University + Georgia Tech to win prizes.
Teams must have 2-6 undergraduate or graduate students.
Use SLACK or Google Team Finder (requests) or Hackers List (participant list that is updated daily) to connect with potential team members.
Submit team members + topic via email by October 9th at 8:00PM - [email protected]
Non-Emory or GT students 
1-person teams
Click on "Register" button at the top of this page starting on September 1, 2023
Register as an individual. All participants must register, even if you have already identified your team members.
School email address is REQUIRED.
The Fall 2023 EGHI/GT Hackathon will be centered on projects that present solutions to tackle problems related to climate change, with a focus on the theme areas outlined below. These themes are provided to bring direction to the solutions you propose, not to limit your creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. We look forward to seeing your innovative proposals!

Climate change has been called the greatest global health challenge and opportunity of this century. For this global challenge, impacts will be felt locally and differ by location. Local and global solutions are critical.

  • Climate Change and Urban Flooding in Atlanta. Atlantans in parts of the city are facing urban flooding during and after major storm events (see an article about a recent event here). Propose a product or digital solution that enhances climate resilience to urban flooding and/or addresses a direct or related public health concern for those affected.
  • Climate Change and Urban Heat in Atlanta.  Climate Change is expected to dramatically increase the number of extreme heat days in Georgia—heat that will be amplified in Atlanta by the urban heat island effect. In Atlanta, many households already face energy insecurity and a high energy burden, and worsening extreme heat related to climate change risks compounding this existing environmental justice concern. Propose a product or digital solution that addresses a direct or related public health concern for communities facing high energy burden and urban heat effects.
  • Global Sea Level Rise in Densely Populated, Low-Resource Urban Settings.  In many areas of the world, particularly in low-and middle-income countries, rising sea levels and the impacts of coastal flooding are threatening health and security, particularly in places that have dense, coastal informal settlements. Propose a product or digital solution that addresses a direct or related public health concern for urban communities facing sea level rise and coastal flooding. 

WHAT              Video showcasing solution + 1 sentence description
LENGTH           5 minutes max (strict limit!)
CONTENT        No rules - present project however you think is best. Make sure to keep judging criteria in mind!
FORMAT          YouTube Link
JUDGING CRITERIA (subject to change until the kick-off event on October 3rd)
Magnitude of Problem/Potential to Support Climate Adaptation Efforts or Reduce the Negative Health Effects of Climate Change (16.67%)
Significance of problem
Size of population likely to impact
Priority of problem for population affected

Human-Centered Design Process (16.67%)
Demonstrated interaction with end users
Identified understanding of users, tasks, and/or environments
Able to articulate solution’s value from the end user’s perspective

Marketability (16.67%)
Consumer appeal/business adoption
Potential profitability
Ease of product adoption

Innovation (16.67%)
Creativity of solution

Viability (16.67%)
Feasibility (to build, manufacture, deploy, finance)
Confidence in design
Clear pathway from prototype to product
          Teams that produce a prototype will be advantaged in the scoring of this criterium

Delivery of Pitch (16.67%)
Clear, comprehensive explanation of details of problem and solution
Engaging presentation
          Audience/judges understanding of problem and solution
Videos will be uploaded to the RocketJudge platform. Submit using this form.
Wednesday, October 25 @ 11:00AM ET
1st Place: $4,000 + Enrollment in CREATE-X Startup Launch
2nd Place: $3,000
3rd Place: $2,000
2 Honorable Mention: $500 each

CREATE-X Startup Launch helps students launch their projects from the idea stage (or beyond) into fully functioning and viable startups.
Code of Conduct Participation Agreement

Event Kick-off Recording

Human Centered Design Resource Bank:
This resource bank, curated by the team at The Hatchery at Emory, contains articles and videos that will help you understand the why and how of incorporating human centered design principles into your work for the competition. Additionally, it contains a link with an option to schedule time with Ben Garrett for a coaching call on how to use HCD for your project!

Additional competition logistics and resource documents to be posted here!

Join here! The Slack channel will be used to post updates and other resources, answer questions, and allow for space to connect with potential teammates.

#announcements             All pertinent information released during the competition will be found here.
#findteammates              Connect with other hackathon participants; can find teammates or ask questions.
#questions2host              If you have any questions to the host that would be helpful for other participants, please post here.
#faq                                   Answers to helpful questions will be stored here.
Google Team Finder - use this sheet to post if you are looking for a team or teammates!

Hackers List - this list, updated daily, shows who has registered for the Hackathon and may be helpful as a team finding resource

Remember, you must have both Emory + GT represented on your team.
For any questions not answered on this page, you may contact [email protected]

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