Many hackathons offer prize money or mentorship to winning contestants, too, which is something to consider while planning the event. Typically, the prize money either comes from the sponsors of the hackathon or from fundraising conducted by the hackathon organizers. “In general, it helps when talking to a sponsor to be specific about what their money is going towards,” says Jotwani.
Some hackathons forego cash prizes altogether and instead vow help winners make their idea happen in the real world; for example, hackathons run by the Brigham Innovation Hub connect winners to people at Brigham and Women’s Hospital who do similar work.
Brendan Pease was MedTech Boston's first ever editorial and events intern. He is now a junior at Harvard University where he studies Molecular and Cellular Biology. He’s also the Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Harvard Science Review. Previously, he worked as a Market Intelligence intern at athenahealth and as a research assistant in the Goldberg Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital.
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