Frequently Asked Questions


What are the Tracks? How will we form into teams?

For the Problem Pitching on Friday night – those who have a problem to pitch will do so in order of Groups and Themes as listed below. Attendees will hear these pitches and then mingle with those who pitched. 

What is the Texas Healthcare Challenge?

  • A multi-day event and prize competition focused on creating team-based solutions to problems in healthcare. 
  • The goal is to foster innovative thinking and solutions in the healthcare community. 
  • Joining teams that are instructed to use design thinking to create products, iterate business models, map out go-to-market strategies, and potentially build new healthcare ventures.
  • Keynote talks, problem pitching, mixing, team forming, hacking, mentorship, feedback, idea iteration, pitch practice sessions, final presentations, judging panel, prizes.                      

What a healthcare hackathon or prize challenge is NOT:

  • It is not a healthcare investment event or automatic entrance into an accelerator program
  • It is not a healthcare symposium: speakers, lecture sessions, dining, observing
  • It is not a chance to advertise or promote your business, your product or service
  • It is not a healthcare “networking” event

This being said, some of the above items will take place. Also, attendees may come with their business colleagues or startup team. 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.

Can I bring a “Plus One”? 

NO. We will not be able to accommodate any uninvited guest or walk-ins as we have limited space. Only those who apply in advance, are accepted and registered, will be allowed to attend.

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.

How to pitch a problem statement? (Friday night)

  • Pitching is not required, but you have to join a team to compete.
  • This is an opportunity to get excited about a healthcare idea and come up to the front of the room and have the microphone for 60 seconds. Here's what you do: When it's your turn to pitch, say your name, your assigned number, a sentence about yourself, and then explain the problem you want to solve in healthcare. Tell a story about it. What is the problem? Who is impacted? Why is it important? Don't describe the solution yet. Just  explain the problem.

What do I do if I plan on problem pitching? 

Fill out this form to sign up (Click here)

How to join a team? (Friday night)

Pitch or listen to pitches and select 2-3 that are of interest. When pitches are done, mingle until you find a team.

What are the judging criteria?

· Innovation: Is there impressive use of cutting-edge technology? Is the hack tackling a new problem? If an existing problem, is the hack approaching it with a significant new idea / technology?

· Health Impact: How much better is this than the current standard of care? Does it contribute to patient care improvements in a clear way? How big is the potential benefit to patients if the project was developed? How much end user research have they conducted or plan to conduct?

· Business Model : How does this innovation compete with what is or might be on the market? Is there a clear revenue model? Have they identified hypotheses, assumptions, or low-cost experiments they can perform? Will an end-user pay for this or be attracted to use it?

· Presentation: Was the presentation exciting? Did the outcome of the hack surprise you? Is the storytelling visually appealing? Did they use their 3 minutes wisely? Did this team come-in with a pre-existing project?

Location and Parking?

This event will be held at the Health Wildcatters office at 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

What if I have no ideas to bring?

No problem! Listen to others pitch their ideas and join a team. 

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. You might even split up to double your impact. Flying solo? Don’t sweat it. Most will be looking to join a team, and we can help you find a team to join on the first evening. 

What is expected from me as a participant?

Show up, 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. If there is code to assess, A/V equipment will be available to show your solution in action.

Does it cost money?

No. The event is free for accepted applicants. 

What should I bring?

Anything that you think might be needed. We suggest a laptop, tablet, or smartphone at minimum. Sketch easel with paper and markers will be provided to each team. 

What should I wear?

Shirt/Tie, Suit, Dressy Attire NOT REQUIRED! Be comfortable - think jeans, t-shirt, casual. So, anything from business casual to casual is fine. 

Do I need to stay for the entire event?

Yes, please plan on showing up for Friday and Saturday. To get the most out of the event, accepted applicants should stay until the awards are announced on Saturday night. Friday night at 10:00pm, all participants will leave the building and doors will open again at 8:00am on Saturday.

Will there be food? 

Every meal time will be covered + plus snacks and drinks.

What are the prizes? 

Cash and in-kind prizes (about $400 to $1200 per winning team).

Who’s invited?

This event is truly multidisciplinary, meaning just about anyone can attend. You can expect to work alongside entrepreneurs, students, doctors, engineers, software developers, scientists, graphic designers, nurses, policymakers, CIOs, corporate managers, and many others. 

Is travel to the event reimbursed?

Unfortunately not. 

Who will be there? 

In addition to the attendees, others include: mentors, speakers, the Challenge leadership team, and VIPs (those involved in the Health Wildcatters network).

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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 57 startups and has raised over $50 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, Startup Week Dallas Health Track and now the Texas Healthcare Challenge.