Let's dismantle structural racism in healthcare together to rebuild a better tomorrow for all. ​


Hackathon Weekend


September 26, 2020

11:00 AM – 4:30 PM ET
Listening Summit – Part 1

September 27, 2020

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM ET
Listening Summit – Part 2

October 16, 2020

6:00 PM ET
Event Kickoff

October 17, 2020

7:00 AM ET
Start of Day 2

October 18, 2020

12:00 PM ET
Final Presentations
4:00 PM ET
Closing Ceremony

After October 18, 2020

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




Our Mission

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 the various tracks we hope to shine a light on current structures that propagate racism and implement sustainable solutions to promote racial equity. This inaugural hackathon is 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.

How does this 'hackathon' work? ​

During the hackathon, participants will work virtually with in teams to choose a specific problem within their track 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 website and the MIT COVID-19 Challenge website.

Learn more about the background of your fellow participants that converged on October 16-18, 2020 to tackle these challenges!

What are tracks?

Tracks are specific topic areas under the larger organizing themes of the event. 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 track preferences once their application is selected for participation. For the complete list of tracks, click here.

What is the time commitment?

Participants should generally be available from the evening of October 16 to the late afternoon on October 18th 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 (October 16 – 18) to advise participants. 

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