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Through seminars and experiential activities, students are given the opportunity to learn about industry challenges and explore innovative solutions.
The MedTech Talent Accelerator's Annual Hackathon allows students across Canada to collaborate and create an innovative solution for a complex problem in the Medtech Industry.

HackMedTech 2023

Date: January 30th - February 17th 2023

*Please register by January 20th, 2023

This year's HackMedTech challenge is: "Improving throughput of hospital Emergency Departments". It is presented by Klick Applied Sciences, William Osler Health System, Montreal General Hospital, and Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre.

Teams & Prizes

Teams are comprised of multidisciplinary students from Toronto Metropolitan University (Formerly Ryerson), McGill, Dalhousie, and the University of Calgary, Winning teams will be awarded cash prizes (split between 5 team members).
First Place: $2500
Second Place: $1500
Third Place: $1000

Challenge and General Guidelines

Click here to view the student welcome package and agenda for HackMedTech 2022/2023.


The results are in! We are happy to congratulate the winning teams of HackMedTech 2023!

1st Place: Les Cinq Hacketeers
Yuting Zhang, Carla Benea, Karthikeyan Swaminathan, Elahe Akbari, & Ali Taqvi

2nd Place: ERHack & Code Blue Crew
ERHack:  Xining Chen, Mohammadali Javanray, Banruo Li, Emily Tang, & Amal Deis
Code Blue Crew: Ryan McPhedrain, Bonaventure Dossou, Yousef Safari, Chloe Savignac, & Jonah Kember

3rd Place: Caduceus & Hackers Not Slackers
Caduceus: Annika Benson, Dante Coulter, Robert Kuhne, Brayden Barnes, Ally Klassen, & Muhammad Usman Asad
Hackers Not Slackers: Zaid Ahmed, Tanzilul Chowdhury, Philippa Ngaju, Rehman Tariq, & Chaten Jessel

HackMedTech 2023 Testimonials

Les Cinq Hacketeers

Students from McGill University won first place at this year's HackMedTech event! "Les Cinq Hacketeers" designed "ArriveEr" and "ArriveER Scanner" to improve the throughput of hospital emergency departments. ArriveER lets patients view the nearest hospitals and average wait times. Once their hospital is selected, patients will complete a triage questionnaire and add their recent medical history to receive a QR code for check-in.

Healthcare professionals use ArriveER Scanner to save time during the triage process and quickly process recent patient medical history changes. The scanned QR code is also processed through ECTAS, an AI model that identifies the patient's CTAS level, improving the overall efficiency of the emergency department.

A member of the winning group, Ali Taqvi, shared that participating in HackMedTech 2023 was a positive experience. He and his team enjoyed challenging themselves, applying their knowledge to solve real-world problems, and meeting new people with different strengths and unique ideas.

Since everyone from "Les Cinq Hacketeers" was from McGill University, the team decided to meet in person for an initial challenge discussion. They determined that the origin of the problem lies in pre-triage and then were able to brainstorm problem-solving techniques. While some members of the group focused on research and others focused on the application design, the team collaborated effectively to create the winning solution.

Ali encourages future students to participate in HackMedTech since it was a valuable experience that allowed him to make new friends and connect with people with similar interests.


The group "Caduceus" won third place at HackMedTech 2023 for their Interactive EMR Interface App design that simplifies Emergency Department activities for physicians and nurses. Annika Benson, Danté Coulter, Robert Kuhne, Brayden Barnes, and Ally Klassen's real-time processing program is based on Dr.Allen Cameron's predictive algorithm that successfully predicts the likelihood of a patient's admission post-triage.

Brayden Barnes and Ally Klassen shared that HackMedTech 2023 was a great experience. Since this was their first Hack-a-thon experience, Brayden and Ally felt this was the perfect introduction to solving real-world problems. They enjoyed collaborating with like-minded people who shared similar biomedical engineering passions.

With different levels of expertise ranging from undergraduate to Ph.D., the group members enjoyed seeing how each individual brought something unique to the project. This experience was enjoyable and educational, and it was incredibly insightful for them to learn about all the different aspects of the Healthcare System from a Biomedical Engineering perspective. 

Brayden and Ally shared that meeting with professional mentors during the event was extremely helpful in narrowing down their ideas. They mentioned how great it was to connect with professionals who could provide their expertise and were passionate about the project.

Ally and Brayden think that future students should participate in HackMedTech as it was enlightening to work with like-minded people who share similar passions.

HackMedTech 2023 Seminar Series

Explore MedTech infographic

Explore MedTech Seminar

Emergency Department Operations

Speaker: Dr. Noreen Kamal
Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, Dalhousie University

Explore MedTech Seminar:

Emergency Department Operations as the Canary in the Healthcare System Coalmine

Speaker: Dr. Eddy Lang
Professor and Department Head, Emergency Medicine at Cummin School of Medicine - University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services, Calgary Zone

Our Sponsors

We would like to thank this year's HackMedTech sponsors Klick Applied Sciences, William Osler Health System, Montreal General Hospital, and Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, alongside the sponsors who made this opportunity possible!

Klick Applied Sciences brings together a combination of engineering, scientific, and software development disciplines to create bespoke offerings for biotech and pharmaceutical clients.  Those include novel diagnostics and digital biomarkers, new applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence, as well as data products and software solutions tailored to medical affairs and clinical development.

William Osler Health System focuses on providing patient-inspired care to 1.3 million people in Brampton, Etobicoke and surrounding communities, serving one of the fastest-growing and most culturally diverse regions in Ontario. The system is nationally recognized for its commitment to patient safety and is also accredited with Exemplary Standing.

The Montreal General Hospital (MGH), founded in 1821, is a member of the McGill University Health Centre. MGH enjoys a distinguished world reputation, as well as an impressive history of community service. The MGH introduced teaching at the bedside and founded the first medical school in Canada — the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University.

Royal Victoria Hospital is committed to delivering inspiring care that puts patients and their families first. Located in Barrie, Ontario, Royal Victoria Hospital's treatment plan is rooted in the belief that every patient will have the best possible experience in their health centre. 


HackMedTech 2021

Date: November 1st - November 19th 2021
Due to the global pandemic, HackMedTech is going virtual! 
The HackMedTech Challenge for 2021 is "Reducing computational and energy burdens to improve the accuracy and efficiency of wearable sensors for continuous health monitoring."  The industry requires new, innovative, and efficient ways to allow the extraction of targeted health metrics while reducing the number of operations and their associated financial and energy cost. 


The results are in! We are happy to congratulate the top 3 winning teams of HackMedTech 2021!

1st Place: HAKRKejd Marika, Ryan McPhedrain, Hana Mirvakili, and Ahmed Ramadan

2nd Place: Mayan Monitors Anas Abufardeh, Riya Aggarwal, Anish Hiresha Verma Joshua Ilse, and James Skoric

3rd Place: The Winning Team Filip Bodera, Émilie Bortolussi-Courval, Sara Bortolussi-Courval, David Foubert, and Anas Tahir

Challenge and General Guidelines

Learn about this year's HackMedTech challenge.

Click here to view the student welcome package and agenda for HackMedTech 2021.


Teams are comprised of multidisciplinary students from Ryerson and McGill University along with Biomedical Engineering students from Dalhousie, University of Calgary, and the School of Biomedical Engineering at UBC. Winning teams will be awarded cash prizes (split between 5 team members).
First Place: $2500
Second Place: $1500
Third Place: $1000

HackMedTech 2020

Date: October 5th - October 30th 2020

This year with the global pandemic situation, HackMedTech is going virtual! 
The overview of the challenge for this year's HackMedTech is about "Omitting the need for carbohydrate counting for people with type 1 diabetes". The industry requires new, innovative, and efficient ways to ensure accurate insulin dosing while removing the need for carbohydrate counting in a closed-loop system. This calls for an outcome that the industry can move forward with while following the guideline and parameters.


The results are in! We are happy to congratulate the top 3 winning teams of HackMedTech 2020!

1st Place: Diab-a-tech - Robert Earl, Saeed Babadi, Siba Moussa, Siting Ni, Zeeniya Zuhair, and Shreenek Kundu

2nd Place: CarbVision - Yunxi Chen, Yi Ping Lin, Xavier Bauza Tianci Wang, Taha Abbasi-Hashemi, and Sri Gannavarapu

3rd Place: Team C3S - Nona Hashemi, Monalisha Nayak, Pranjal Seth, Farah Nassif, and Gabriel Schnitman

Challenge and General Guidelines

Learn about this year's HackMedTech challenge and this judges and mentors.

Click here to view the student welcome package and agenda for HackMedTech 2020.

See the challenge for HackMedTech 2021.