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The MedTech Boston Guide to Planning a Healthcare Hackathon

The Judges

Judges at athenahealth's More Disruption Please hackathon. Photo via Jennifer Joe.

Judges at athenahealth’s More Disruption Please hackathon. Photo via Jennifer Joe.

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.

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Brendan Pease

Brendan Pease

    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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    1. Laura Henze Russell says:

      This was such a great event that I registered for @IBMWatson #Hackathon May 4-5 in NYC. Who else from GrandHack is going?

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