Forbes: How Covid-19 Changed MIT’s Global Hackathon Program And Others For The Better, Forever

Forbes – Michelle Greenwald – September 1, 2021

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michellegreenwald/2021/09/01/how-covid-19-changed-mits-global-hackathon-program-and-others-for-the-better-forever/?sh=673aef725f69

Engineers often state that constraints foster creativity, and the adage “necessity is the mother of invention” was never more true than after COVID-19 hit.  MIT’s healthcare hackathon program, pioneered by MIT Hacking Medicine, was forced to pivot quickly from 100% in person, to 100% virtual on a global level.  In the process, lessons were learned that can permanently improve hackathon processes in other sectors.

Freddy Nguyen, Former Co-Director of MIT Hacking Medicine, a physician, scientist, bioengineer, physical chemist, and innovator, who works currently with both MIT and Mount Sinai, shared modifications and improvements to the program design and launch of the MIT COVID-19 Challenge in response to COVID constraints, many of which will endure.  Global hackathons across sectors can benefit from his team’s experiments and learnings.

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