Many hackathons will recruit judges who are not only knowledgable in the theme of the hackathon, but who also come from a wide variety of backgrounds and possess different skills. “We invite judges who are appropriate for the theme of each hack, often also from different disciplines like academic medicine, venture capital, technology start-ups, and so on,” says Jotwani. “The judges, with their wealth of knowledge, help in formulating the criteria with which pitches are judged.”
“I’m a doctor, and most hackathons ask for my clinical opinion when judging—ie. validate the need, vet the idea, speak to the clinical solution as being useful,” says Dr. Jennifer Joe, Editor-in-Chief and founder of MedTech Boston. Joe has judged several Boston hackathons.
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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