NOTE: This Competition is Open to Current College Students  of a US College/University Only

At Sanford Health Technology Solutions, we believe that the best solutions in healthcare result from clinical expertise, technology prowess, and the innovative spirit. The 2nd Annual Sanford HealthHack will bring these three elements together in one 2-week long hackathon.

The HealthHack's major goals are twofold: 

  1. Discover innovative solutions to pressing real-world digital healthcare problems
  2. Spark a passion within college students (of any major) for solving healthcare problems

Whether you're majoring in computer science major, biology, math, design or pre-med, we invite you to put a team together (or go it alone, if you choose) and join the challenge.

Taking part in the HealthHack will give you the opportunity to put the skills you're learning in the classroom to the test in the real world. During this event, you'll be invited to receive feedback on your work via Slack and even via "office hours" with clinical subject matter experts. 

Beyond this - you'll link up with other like-minded problem-solvers throughout the region and have the chance to win cash prizes should your project be selected for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place. 

Every team that submits a project by the deadline (Oct. 31st, 11:45PM CST) will receive a congratulations swag bag. The top 10 finalists (decided by judges and public voting) will recieve a elite Sanford gift box worth up to $150.  


  • All participants must be registered users on DevPost
  • All participants must be 18 years or older at time of registration
  • All participants must be current students (undergraduate or graduate) at a US college or university
  • Students cannot be full-time employees of Sanford Health (this rule does not apply to interns)
  • Students from any major are welcome to join
  • Teams made up of students from multiple universities are welcome 



What to Submit: 

  • A slide deck (MS PowerPoint or similar) explaining your solution (or prototype) 
  • A 6 minute video: 1 minute to review the slide deck, 5 minutes demoing the product 
  • A list of the technologies and data sets used and a brief explanation of how they were used
  • A link to your solution (working software/mockups/documentation/etc.)
  • Optional: A link to your code repo (GitHub etc.) 

Submission Guidance:

Your solution should:  

  • Address the challenges of virtual clinical care
  • Solve a specific use case (defined by the different personas presented at the kickoff event and available in the resources tab of DevPost and Slack) 
  • Bonus: Integrate, or show how your solution would be integrated into the sandbox Electronic Medical Record (EMR) via the Epic on FIHR API environment provided during the Kickoff event and in the resources channel on the HealthHack Slack - NOTE: We recommend building a good solution FIRST and THEN seeing how it can integrate into the EMR

The submission can also include any supporting materials such as product images, a video demonstration, designs documents, etc.  Default on the side of submitting more, even if not in a complete\polished state. Remember, a small idea done well is better than a grand idea done poorly. 

Also, demoing is not just about the competition. It's a chance to share with others what you learned and what you tried to build—that's what hacking's all about!  Even if you don't have anything to demo, you can give a presentation about what you tried and what you learned. 

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$24,000 in prizes

1st Place

• $12,000 USD

2nd Place

• $6,000 USD

3rd Place

• $3,000 USD

Audience Choice

• $3000 USD
• That Project which wins the greatest number of votes during public voting.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Steve Nat

Steve Nat
Sr. Executive Director of Business Solutions, Sanford Health

Madhu Gottumukkala

Madhu Gottumukkala
Sr. Director of Application Development, Sanford Health

Liz Wheeler

Liz Wheeler
Director of Operations, Sanford Health Imagenetics

John Meyer
CEO, Lemonly

Braden Bills

Braden Bills
Licensing Associate, Sanford Health Commercialization

Judging Criteria

  • Ambition of Problem
    What is the scale and complexity of the problem being explored?
  • Innovation of Solution
    Scale and novelty of the technology being used, and/or the architectural approach taken.
  • People Impact
    Total​ ​impact​ ​of​ ​the​ ​idea​ ​and​ ​impact​ ​on​ employees, provider, customer or patient experience.
  • Quality of Implementation
    Ability​ ​for​ ​the​ ​team​ ​to​ ​reach​ ​a​ ​conclusion​ ​about​ ​the​ ​viability​ ​of​ ​the​ ​project.
  • Discretionary
    This category is meant to capture the overall impact of the idea, group, and presentation on the judges.

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