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Jun 2023 22
Time: 11:00 AM
Beckman Center

Location: Beckman Center in Irvine, CA
Webinar date & time: June 22 (11:00am – 9:00pm PT) – June 23 (8:00am – 4:30pm PT)

Registration is now closed.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a longstanding problem in the United States, with persistently high, increasing, and now record-level rates of reported cases. One important area to explore to prevent and control STIs is technology and new media. Much has changed in the technology and media landscape in the past two decades that has had an impact on STI prevention, screening, and treatment. Technological tools, including artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics approaches, are rapidly changing STI intervention efforts.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), will host a 2-day in-person hackathon to generate innovative solutions to address the increase in STIs in the United States.

Hackathon Winners will have their winning solutions featured on a website for the event and/or promoted on NAS social media accounts for NAS tax-exempt purposes.  First and second place Hackathon Winners in each track will also have the opportunity to receive a grant from NAS to continue work to develop their proposed solution. Each first place Hackathon winning team will be eligible for a grant on the amount of $20,000 and each second place Hackathon winning team will be eligible for a grant of $5000. In addition, two YouTube Health Innovation Prizes will be awarded ($5000 each).

Learn more about the Hackathon here.

The event will have two competition tracks for solution development:

  • Data analytics
  • AI (artificial intelligence) powered software solutions

Competing teams (of 2-4 members) will develop a prototype that is functional with real or sample data.

Event Details 

Join us on June 22 (11:00am – 9:00pm PT) – June 23 (8:00am – 4:30pm PT), at the Beckman Center in Irvine, CA. All sectors are welcome to apply to compete, including academia, philanthropy, and private industry.

Experts will be available at the hackathon, and we encourage competitors to seek advice and guidance from the mentors, speakers, and organizers who will be available throughout the event as you develop your solution and final presentation pitch.

For the final presentations on Friday afternoon, each team will have a maximum of 3 minutes to pitch, followed by up to 2 minutes of Q&A from the judges. After the last team has pitched, judges will deliberate, and winners will be announced at the end of the event.

Additional details (agenda, prizes, submission requirements, judges & mentors) will be posted closer to the event date.

Frequently asked questions

Will photos and videos be taken during the event?

Photographs and/or videos may be taken over the course of the STI Hackathon. By entering and attending the STI Hackathon, you acknowledge and agree that your likeness may be included in photos and videos of the event and used by the National Academies in connection with communications about the STI Hackathon or in other National Academies communications.

Does the STI Hackathon cost money to participate in?

No!  Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, the event is free for all participants. However, registration is limited and travel expenses and accommodations are not covered by the National Academies (we do have a limited hotel room block available, contact us to learn more at STIhackathon@nas.edu).

What if I have other questions?

To submit a question, please send an email to STIhackathon@nas.edu with the Subject line “Question – STI Hackathon.” Staff will respond to you within three business days if your question has not been answered on this posting.

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