MDJunior is excited to announce #MDJrHack, the first hackathon event of its kind in Asia on September 22-23, 2018 at Hong Kong International School (HKIS), Hong Kong
At MDJunior we value the opportunity to use modern day technology to combat an important global issue: the Health Gap. We will be working with our faculty, mentors, coaches and sponsors to guide youth to code, develop apps to spread the word and fundraise to help improve the lives of youth and mental healthcare awareness worldwide.
The purpose of our hackathon is to create solutions, in particular the construction of mobile applications, that help solve problems centered around Youth and Mental Health.
What is a hackathon?
A hackathon is a creative problem-solving event during which people come together to transform ideas into reality. As a part of hackathons, contributors devise a means for change (local, global, business, community, etc.), all via technology. These events attract students and professionals with interests in leadership, technology, and teamwork to create an impact on their societies. They learn and collaborate on software and hardware projects. Most importantly, you can look forward to amazing guest speakers, networking opportunities, helpful workshops, skilled mentors, learning (of course), fun, and great food. Teams present their products in short pitches at the end of the hackathon.
At the Global Youth Health Summit & Hackathon - 2018, we will be hosting two optional seminars, Coding 101 and ‘How to Give an Elevator Pitch’, to help teams create and give successful pitches.
What should a hackathon team look like?
A successful team involves entrepreneurs, marketers, data scientists, web developers, and UI/UX designers. Therefore, while the nature of the word ‘hackathon’ tends to drive inexperienced coders away from the event, hackathons in fact require multiple fields of study and provides participants a great networking and start-up opportunity. Over the course of just one day, you and your team will have the opportunity to create something potentially world changing.
What is the problem we want to solve?
Approximately 1 in every 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their teenagehood. Teens struggle to deal with the stigma surrounding mental health disorders, often leading to hiding these real medical problems.
Why should you participate?
#MDJrHack is a great opportunity for you to work with new people, network with professionals, and create something that could make the lives of thousands better. If that’s not incentive enough, the top four teams will receive bragging rights and prizes!
Community Service Requirements
Community service hours will be awarded to registered and attending youth participants as part of the Global Movement #YouthNow to drive awareness for Youth Mental Health. Total number of hours awarded vary for Hackathon, Conference and Volunteers. Official certificates will be issued.
* Note: Our Hack details will be updated regularly. Please bookmark this site and visit often. Preliminary Hack schedule is on the Program Page.