November 12-14, 2021

Deadline to apply: November 10, 2021 8:00 AM ET

Engineering Health Equity Hackathon



Hackathon Weekend


October 28, 2021
November 2, 2021
November 4, 2021
November 9, 2021

7:00 PM ET

4 Pre-Hackathon Sessions to provide in-depth information on the focus areas, and the hackathon process.

November 12, 2021

6:00 PM ET

Event Kickoff


November 13, 2021

7:00 AM ET

Start of Day 2


November 14, 2021

1:00 PM ET

Final Presentations

4:00 PM ET

Closing Ceremony

After November 14,

Ongoing Support from community of partners of the MIT Hacking Racism Challenge, Race to Better Health, and Atrius Health via follow-on events, funding, mentorship, and pitch opportunities.




Learn: Pre-Hackathon Sessions

Beyond the Clinic: Exploring the Social Determinants of Health

Hack 101: Learn about the underlying principles and frameworks for the hackathon including design thinking, customer discovery, market landscape research, and stakeholder analysis.

  • Freddy Nguyen, MD, PhD, Co-Director and Co-Founder of MIT Hacking Racism Challenge, Research Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Resident Physician at Mount Sinai Hospital, Former Co-Director of MIT Hacking Medicine
  • Paul Cheek, Entrepreneur in Residence at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
  • Tom Luly, Senior Program Manager at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Innovation Initiative
  • Kriti Subramanyam, PhD, Former Co-Director of MIT Hacking Medicine

Implementation Science: Learn about the best practices and strategies for most successful implementation of new interventions and solutions.

  • John Zambrano, MD, MSHS, Medical Director, Center for Clinical Research, Atrius Health
  • Craig Monsen, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, Atrius Health

Innovations in Health Equity: Hear from leaders in the field about examples of successful innovations in health equity and what allowed them to be successful.

Charles Senteio, PhD, LCSW, MBA, Assistant Professor, Department of Library and Information Science, Rutgers University - School of Communication & Information

Alice Hm Chen, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer | Covered California, Health Equity and Quality Transformation Division

Maya Hardigan, Founder and CEO - Mae

Marzyeh Ghassemi, PhD, Assistant Professor, MIT EECS, IMES, Faculty Member, Vector Institute, Canada CIFAR Artificial Intelligence Chair

Abner Mason, Founder and CEO, ConsjoSano

Create: Hackathon

How does this 'hackathon' work?

During the hackathon, participants will work virtually with in teams to choose a specific problem and develop a potential solution to this problem. They can use any tool at their disposal, as well as seek expert guidance from mentors that we will provide as they develop their solution. At the end of the hackathon, solutions will be pitched to a panel of judges who will give feedback. Teams emerging from the hackathon will have a chance to receive continuing mentorship and access to resources in order to realize their solution and create real-world impact.  Please see the FAQs section for more information.

To check out similar hackathons, visit MIT Hacking Medicine’s websiteMIT COVID-19 Challenge website, and the 2020 MIT Hacking Racism in Challenge in Healthcare.

What are the focus areas?

Starting from the challenge focus areas below, teams will focus on working together to narrow their problem statements and identify the specific populations who experience them, eventually leading to targeted solutions. 

Participants will be able to specify focus area preferences once their application is selected for participation.

Diversification of Clinical Workforce

Diversity in our workforce, especially among our primary care providers (PCPs), allows for more ideas and values to be shared within our collaborative medical decision-making model and helps assure patients from all backgrounds feel supported and represented.

Improving Outcomes in Women's Health and Pregnancy

Women, especially pregnant women, face unique health challenges that increase the need for preventive care and frequent monitoring, such as human papillomavirus (HPV) screenings and prenatal care.

Expanding Access and Adoption of Preventive Care

Broadening our reach of preventive measures, such as behavioral health screenings and immunizations, through early and continual interventions is essential to keeping patients healthy in the short and long-term.

Improving Communication of Social Determinants of Health to Providers

Understanding patients’ personal identities and circumstances crucially informs how we provide comprehensive care. We want to make sharing social determinants of health information as comfortable and easy a process as possible for patients by instilling trust, communicating effectively, and tailoring treatments to the individual.

What is the time commitment?

Participants should generally be available from the evening of November 12, 2021 to the late afternoon on November 14, 2021 Eastern Time. 

If you would like to mentor teams during the event, you should plan to be available for at least one 3-hour slot over the course of the weekend (November 12 – 14) to advise participants. 

What is the time commitment?

Participants should generally be available from the evening of November 12, 2021 to the late afternoon on November 14, 2021 Eastern Time. 

If you would like to mentor teams during the event, you should plan to be available for at least one 3-hour slot over the course of the weekend (November 12 – 14) to advise participants. 

For more information about the hackathon, check out our FAQs page!


The mission of MIT Hacking Racism in Healthcare is to create a space for collaboration among those with diverse backgrounds to dismantle racial injustice in healthcare delivery and address the social determinants of health. Through our activities, we hope to shine a light on current structures that propagate racism and implement sustainable solutions to promote racial equity. Our hackathons and events are meant to pave the way for more extensive and exhaustive work across all facets of society. In order to build a better tomorrow, we begin our work today. MIT Hacking Racism in Healthcare was founded by MIT Hacking Medicine and MIT COVID-19 Challenge.

Race to Better Health builds a more equitable health care landscape by bringing together patients, practitioners, professionals, researchers, communities, and organizations to build bold, collaborative solutions to health inequity. Race to Better Health is a patient-centered, interdisciplinary organization dedicated to Engineering Health Equity. We work with health systems to understand patients and the communities they serve, generating data-driven, cross-sector solutions to the social and scientific underpinnings of health inequity. We are the first independent organization to support health equity innovations from conception to implementation.

Atrius Health, an innovative healthcare leader, delivers an effective system of connected care for adult and pediatric patients at 30 medical practice locations in eastern Massachusetts. Atrius Health’s physicians and primary care providers, along with additional clinicians, work in close collaboration with hospital partners, community specialists and skilled nursing. Our vision is to transform care to improve lives. Atrius Health provides high-quality, patient-centered, coordinated, cost effective care to every patient we serve. By establishing a solid foundation of shared decision making, understanding and trust with each of its patients, Atrius Health enhances their health and enriches their lives.

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