Health Systems Innovation Hackathons

The Harvard Health Systems Innovation Lab organized its 5th Health Systems Innovation Hackathon on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th April 2024.

This year’s theme was ‘Building High-Value Health Systems: Harnessing Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence’. The hackathon had three tracks:

  • Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Mental Health

We hosted 500+ applicants across Innovation Hubs globally:

  • Boston, USA
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Lima and other cities in Peru
  • London, UK
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil

We welcomed students, post docs and young professionals with an interest in innovation, digital solutions and health systems to apply.


What are Hackathons?

Every year we organise a Hackathon together with our partners. The Health System Innovation Lab (HSIL) Hackathon is a transformative event with a clear mission: to empower innovators to create solutions that enhance healthcare systems globally. This dynamic and collaborative hackathon brings together professionals and experts from diverse fields to address critical healthcare challenges through innovation. By fostering an environment that encourages unconventional thinking and practical implementation, it serves as a catalyst for positive change in healthcare delivery. Participants are driven to develop groundbreaking solutions that can revolutionise healthcare, bridging the gap between theory and practice. The impact of these innovations extends beyond the hackathon, potentially leading to improvements in patient care, operational efficiency, and the overall adaptability of healthcare systems.

Moreover, the HSIL Hackathon cultivates a culture of collaboration and cross-disciplinary learning with enduring effects. Participants not only collaborate intensively during the event but also establish networks and relationships that extend beyond its duration. This collaborative ethos promotes ongoing knowledge exchange and the potential for future partnerships, ensuring that innovation continues to drive progress within healthcare systems. In summary, the HSIL Hackathon is a powerful platform for innovation, practicality, and collaboration, dedicated to transforming healthcare systems worldwide for the better.


Previous Hackathons

2021: “Hackathon Asia: Type 1 Diabetes – Global Collaborative for Changing Diabetes in Children”

2022: “Hackathon Africa: Digital Solutions to Transform Diabetes Health Care in Africa” and “Africa Health Conference: Building Resilience and the Future of Health in Africa”

2023: “Hackathon Latin America: Digital Solutions for building High-Value Health Systems”