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 What is a Hackathon?

A hackathon is best described as an “innovation marathon.” Small, multi-disciplinary teams will innovate, build, and share their creations over the course of three days in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. 

























Should I apply to participate?

Do you have an interest in infectious diseases? Do you have a background in IT, healthcare, engineering, entrepreneurship, or economics? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should apply! The specific details of the application process will be available on our website and through our email subscription list.



Do I have to apply as a team or can I apply as an individual?

For our Hackathon, you apply as an individual. At the start of the event, participants can “pitch” problems they are interested in solving. Based on these topics, you can join a group that has formed around one of the pitched ideas or you can form your own team based on your own



I didn’t study computer science; can I participate?

Participants from all occupations are encouraged to participate! You do not need technical knowledge nor a concrete project idea before joining the Hackathon. Just make sure to bring your enthusiasm and energy!



What do I need to bring?

You should plan to bring your computer, computer charger, and whatever else you might normally use in your work environment (smartphone, tablet, headphones, etc). We will provide all the office supplies, software, internet access, and materials you might need to create your project.



Do I retain intellectual property ownership of my project?

You will be asked to make data and code generated during the 2018 ICID Hackathon available for open access under a permissive open source license with attribution for any source data or code used in the solution. You will retain all intellectual property rights in the process and materials (including but not limited to any know-how and information), generated by you while participating in the Hackathon at ICID and no rights shall be transferred to us or our partners or sponsors. You shall have sole responsibility for your own cost, for filing, prosecuting, maintaining, defending and enforcing any Hackathon at ICID IPR.



How will my team turn our prototype project into a fully developed program?

Leading startup accelerators and accomplished field experts will be on site to provide guidance and advice to Hackathon teams, we will distribute additional information to help you turn your project into a successful program. Additionally, a summary of each project developed at the Hackathon will be distributed to the International Society for Infectious Diseases' membership base of 90,000 members through the ICID press office and promoted on social media channels. 



What is the language of the hackathon and presentations?




Will there be food?

Yes! We will provide the meals, snacks, drinks, and coffee to keep you energized throughout the Hackathon.



So, what can I do right now?

Sign up for our e-list (at the bottom of this page) to ensure you remain up-to-date on application information!



Who can I contact if I have questions about the Hackathon?

If you would like more information, please feel free to email John.Ramatowski@isid.org