What is the Texas Healthcare Challenge?
What a healthcare hackathon or prize challenge is NOT:
This being said, some of the above items may take place.
How will it be hosted virtually?
We will be leveraging different virtual platforms throughout the two-days to connect participants. There will be breakout sessions to better understand the problem-pitches, larger sessions with keynote speakers and a platform for formed teams to brainstorm and hack on their healthcare problems. There will be space for teams to connect on their own with only certain times requiring the entire group to come together and space so we’re not tied to our computers all day. Teams will also pitch virtually to the entire audience and a judging panel who will score and pick winners.
This event is truly multidisciplinary, meaning any person with just about any professional background can participate. You can expect to work alongside entrepreneurs, students, doctors, engineers, software developers, scientists, graphic designers, nurses, policymakers, CIOs, corporate managers, and many others.
Given the virtual nature we welcome anyone outside of DFW and Texas to participate!
Can I bring my own team?
You CAN NOT bring an already existing company or startup with raised funds. This would give an unfair advantage to those who are pitching their idea for the first time. However, attendees may come with a team already set. If so, everyone must register separately. During the pitching session on Friday night, those who choose to do so can pitch a problem statement they’ve seen or experienced in healthcare. So, instead of pitching your company, product or service, you CAN pitch the underlying problem you are solving or a new one you are trying to solve.
Do I need to bring a team myself, or will I be placed on a team?
If you have a team already, feel free to bring the whole crew. Each member will need to register separately. You might even split up to double your impact.
What if I don’t have a team
Flying solo? Don’t sweat it. Most attendees will be looking to join a team and there will be opportunities to do so during the week of March 1-5. On Friday night, there will be a final push to match people up on teams. We may even assign you to a team. The virtual nature of the event presents challenges in teaming up in the traditional, face-to-face, live-event manner. Please plan on joining us online Monday - Thursday in the evenings for online teaming and other networking icebreakers. Stay tuned for more information on that.
What are the Tracks? How will we form into teams?
Track themes are listed on the website.
For the Problem Pitching – those who have a problem to pitch submit their pitch virtually. The pitches will be added to the Discord “Pitch-or-join-team” channel. Attendees can watch these pitches and vote on the ones they are most interested in working on. Team leads (Those who submitted the problem pitch) will reach out to interested participants to discuss further and form teams. Participants can form their own teams or we can help create teams given the virtual nature of the event.
What are the prizes?
When is the event?
March 5-6, 2021 - Friday night 5:30 to 9pm and Saturday 9-noon and 1-4 with presentations at 5pm and an evening awards and VIP speaker program. There will be plenty of breaks scheduled for each day.
When is the application deadline?
March 4, 2021
Who owns the project my team works on? What about intellectual property?
The team is the owner of any IP but at this early stage. Each project requires much more commercialization effort to be valuable. Don’t worry about IP at this stage.
Is there a code of conduct?
Yes. You’ll also be asked to sign an online version prior to the event.
Location and Parking?
This event is virtual however there will be SWAG pickup during the week of March 1-5 for those in the Dallas area. Our address at the Health Wildcatters office is 1910 Pacific Avenue, 20th floor in downtown Dallas. The closest DART station is St Paul and there are several parking garages and surface lots within the surrounding blocks. For more info on parking in downtown visit http://dallas.bestparking.com/. The best one is Elm Street Garage (2000 Elm St. Dallas, 75201) - Large parking structure at the corner of Harwood & Elm. It is $5 after 5pm on Friday and $5 all day on Saturday. Our office (1910 Pacific Avenue Dallas, 75201) is located diagonally across the street from Elm Street Garage, right past The Majestic (before the skybridge). Upon entering the building from the street, take elevators to the right of the reception area up to the 20th floor.
What if I have no ideas to bring?
No problem! Listen to others pitch their ideas and join a team.
I’ve heard this event referred to as a “hackathon”. Will I need experience in computer programming to participate?
No programming expertise needed. Teams may choose to promote a new business model and present that in their pitch. Some teams may actually code a first prototype.
Do I need to stay for the entire event?
Yes, please plan to participate both Friday and Saturday. To get the most out of the event, accepted applicants should stay until the awards are announced on Saturday night.
When can I expect to hear back after I apply?
Within 1 to 2 weeks
Are there other ways to get involved?
Yes! We’re always looking for more sponsors, judges, mentors, and volunteers. Just apply and let us know if you’d like to be involved in those ways.
Can I bring a “Plus One” virtually?
No. However, please feel free to recommend them to apply.
How to pitch a problem statement?
What do I do if I plan on problem pitching?
As you are accepted to the event, you’ll receive email notifications and instructions on how to problem pitch and submit a video. We may do some live problem pitching virtually on Friday night to make sure teams can form for those on the waitlist who are granted access to attend.
How to join a team? (Friday night)
Pitch or listen to pitches on our virtual platform and select whatever is of interest. Once you have heard all of the pitches, get to know the team member(s) and mingle (on Discord) until you find a team. Don’t worry, we will help you find a team.
What are the judging criteria?
What do the final presentations consist of?
Your team will develop a 3 minute presentation. Use of slides is recommended and viewed via screen share on Zoom. The outline should include: Problem, Solution, Path Forward. Wow the judges!
What is expected from me as a participant?
Login during the week of March 1-5, listen to problem pitches, join a team, contribute to a viable solution worthy of pitching, meet new people, have some fun, and try to win prizes.
At the end of the event, what should a finished project look like?
A finished project will consist of a pitch deck given by one or all of the teammates virtually. If there is a prototype or code to assess, please be able to show this via a virtual platform. A rubric will be provided on the day of the event.
What should I bring?
We recommend you to bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone at minimum. Sketch easel with paper and markers will be provided to each team. Plenty of snacks and drinks will also be provided. **(for in person events)
What should I wear?
Business casual / casual attire is acceptable. Be comfortable - think jeans, t-shirt, etc.
Who will be attending virtually?
In addition to the attendees, others include: mentors, speakers, the Challenge leadership team, and VIPs (those involved in the Health Wildcatters network).
What is Health Wildcatters and how are they connected to this event?
Health Wildcatters was founded in 2013 to address the need for a health innovation hub in the burgeoning Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex healthcare industry. Since its inception the Health Wildcatters portfolio has grown to 78 startups and has raised over $100 million solidifying Health Wildcatters as one of the top healthcare accelerators in the country. In 2016 Health Wildcatters renovated and relocated to a 17,000 square foot space to provide health startups a place for work and collaboration with others in the industry. In addition, Health Wildcatters created an event space which allows the organization to hold 60-70 events annually spanning the Pulse Breakfast and Lunch Series, the Health Track for Startup Week Dallas, and now the Texas Healthcare Challenge