Nurse Hackathon 2018

Hacking the Opioid Crisis

The Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program of Northeastern University is excited to announce that we will be partnering with StartupHealth and NEUSHA for the second annual Nurse Hackathon as a part of Startup Weekend.

In October 2017, the opioid crisis was declared a national public health emergency.1

Substance misuse is a widespread affliction affecting millions in the country and across the world. Opioid misuse in particular isn’t confined to a single ethnicity or socioeconomic class, but rather affects people from all walks of life—including their friends, family and the healthcare system at large.

The rate of opioid addiction has grown significantly over the last 5 years, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths and millions of patients suffering with addiction.

Furthermore, opioid overdose is the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 years old — killing roughly 64,000 people in 2016, at a pace faster than the H.I.V. epidemic did at its peak.2

It’s time academics, healthcare professionals and government officials band together to combat this ever-growing issue. There is no single solution, rather a culmination of research, practice and policy to make meaningful strides on this front.

Please also check out a series of webinars that will take place prior to the the Hackathon here.


On Friday from noon to 4pm, expert panelists will present on the latest research, digital health, policies and procedures related to the growing opioid epidemic in advance of this outstanding three-day event.
The Hackathon itself kicks off at 6:00pm on Friday, May 18th and concludes on Sunday May 20th at 6:00pm


Brainstorm, Conceptualize, Ideate!


Create a prototype out of your concept!


Work your way through the innovation process with the help of our network of mentors!


Pitch your innovation to a panel of judges!

Hackathon 2018 Schedule

Dinner & Networking:

Get to know your new friends. Meet the people you’ll be working with.

Choose Your Project:

From the top projects – Choose which one you’ll work on over the weekend.

60 Seconds to Pitch:

Got an idea? You’ve got 1 minute to pitch in front of the group.

Build a Team:

Whether it’s your idea or someone else’s, you’ll create a cross-functional team to work with over the weekend.

Learn from the Best

Local mentors will be coming in throughout the event to coach you through the hard problems.

Get to Work

We’ve got the resources and support in place to make things happen in a short period of time. You’ll be responsible for everything from finding customers to building your product. We’ll be here to help when you need it.

Present in Front of Panel Judges

The culmination of the weekend. You’ll have 5 minutes to present the product or service you built to the crowd and a panel of experts.


Watch the other teams present and celebrate all the work you’ve done. Get the opportunity to talk to judges and mingle with mentors.

Friday, May 18th – Sunday, May 20th

6:00pm Friday, May 18th

6:00pm Sunday, May 20th

Northeastern University
Egan Research Center, Raytheon Ampitheater
120 Forsyth St, Boston, MA 02115

Registration is Open!


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Planning Committee

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