Thank you for Joining us

Between 12-14 April we were joined by over 200 developers, engineers, designers, students, clinicians + gaming, VR, and AR experts and enthusiasts in a 48-hour hackathon. Attendees formed teams, refined ideas, built prototypes and pitched to a panel of experts from which ten teams were selected as finalists for the Digital Health Lab incubator.

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Friday, April 12

We kickoff by getting to know each other.

We talk about the problems that we can solve in pediatrics using mobile games, virtual reality, augmented reality and other immersive experiences.

Before the end of the night, we form teams.

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Pre-HACK: Optional Workshops

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Registration & Welcome

6:30 pm – 7:25 pm: Hackathon Kickoff

7:25 pm – 12:00 am: Idea Pitching + Team Formation

Saturday, April 13

On Saturday, teams refine ideas & start building prototypes and mapping technology.

By the end of the day, teams start developing a 5-7 minute pitch presentation that describes the solution.


7:00 am – 12:00 am: Hack, Hack, Hack!

Teams hack solutions. Mentors work with teams to provide feedback. Facilitators check in with teams about progress and pain points.

In the afternoon, teams meet with mentors to practice their pitch presentations.

Sunday, April 14

On Sunday, teams finalize prototypes and pitch their demos to judges and up to $50,000 in seed funding may be awarded.


7:00 am – 12:00 pm: Teams finalize prototypes, pitches and presentations. Mentors help teams prepare.

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Teams pitch and demo prototypes to CHLA judges. Judges provide feedback to teams.


Experts ranging from pediatric medicine to technologists and gamers have agreed to mentor participants during and after the Hackathon.


(Profiles coming soon)

Looking for Answers?

Who should attend the hackathon?

We want a wide range of participants, from beginners, to experienced AR/VR/Gaming Hackathon veterans.

We welcome anyone who wants to transform pediatric medicine through gamification. You don’t need an idea to participate. Plenty of others will have ideas. CHLA has many challenges that we would like your help solving.

Participants must be at least 14 years of age. Individuals under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent at all times.

Will there be any hardware/equipment available for project development?

VR headsets will be made available to teams programming VR solutions.

Mobile phones, laptops and personal computers will not be made available. Please bring your own desktops, laptops, monitors, HMDs.

CHLA and BCG Digital Ventures are not responsible for the security of your personal belongings, including computer hardware brought to the hackathon.

Who owns any IP produced during the hackathon?

CHLA asserts no ownership, through the Hackathon, in any intellectual property that may result from the participant’s participation in the hackathon. By registering for the hackathon and submitting an entry (regardless of the form and medium of such content), participant grants CHLA a worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to discuss, publicize, demonstrate, and otherwise display content derived from or relating to such entry for promotional and marketing purposes, and for purposes relating to the hackathon (including the limited license for CHLA and the hackathon’s sponsors to review the submission as part of hackathon judging and awarding of prizes). CHLA shall retain the right of first refusal for a period of sixty (60)-day to enter into a development or licensing agreement with the participant for the funding or development of prototypes and ideas from the participant’s submission in the hackathon.

If participant is part of a team, that team is wholly responsible for determining ownership of any intellectual property rights developed during the hackathon, and CHLA will not be responsible for any disputes regarding intellectual property resulting from the hackathon.

Will there be parking? What if I dont have a car?

Parking is provided and is free.

We encourage participants to Ride the Metro (Green Line) to the Douglas Metro station.

Uber/Lyft discount codes will be made available to those who need them.

Whats the cost of participating?

Nothing. It is free. We will also feed you. Please note that this is not an all-night hackathon, so please make your own lodging arrangements.

Can we participate as a team?

You may participate as an individual or as a team. If you are registering as a team, all members have to register for the event individually.

What experience is required to participate in the event?

Any prior experience is always useful and definitely encouraged; however, we will have lots of helpful design, platform and vertical workshops for those new to Gaming/VR/AR and for experienced designers and developers seeking to improve their skills.

Is this an overnight hackathon?

No. Sleep is important. Doors open at 7am and close at Midnight.

What platform can I build on?

This is a platform agnostic Hackathon. Feel free to build on any platform you and your team choose.

What must I bring?

All attendees are required to bring a valid ID for admission and bring your own device(s) for building prototypes.

Hacking with a focus

The CHLA Innovation Studio is transforming pediatric health care through mobile games, virtual reality, augmented reality and immersive digital experiences.

The “Gamifying Pediatrics” Hackathon will focus on using these immersive technologies to build:

  • Digital Therapeutics
  • Clinical Simulation & Education
  • Patient & Family Experience

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the hackathon, or you are interested in being a mentor, please get in touch here or send an email to and we will get back to you as soon as possible.