The I2MS acceleration programme is proud to announce the launch of a Hackathon, which will serve as the centrepiece of the I2MS Conference in April. This event builds upon the lifestyle teachings from Term 1 (Phase 1) and the essay competition from Term 2 (Phase 2). In Phase 3, the Hackathon provides students with the opportunity to apply what they have learned and make a tangible impact on health outcomes in their local communities.
Our Hackathon Competition leads, Shivani Welling (left) and Leckhna Chajed (right) speak about the Hackathon
Design a sustainable intervention that addresses a lifestyle challenge in the student's school or local community.
Develop a deep understanding of the root causes of the challenge and design an effective solution.
Encourage critical thinking and problem-solving skills, allowing students to demonstrate their potential as future scientists and public health doctors.
Foster teamwork, leadership, and communication skills through the collaborative design process.
Teams of 6 students will be formed by the teacher.
Schools with more than 6 students may have multiple teams.
Teachers may invite students from outside IAP to join the teams if their IAP cohort has less than 6 participants.
The event is open to all Year 12 and 13 students within the IAP, and it is encouraged to include students from allied subjects.
Support and guidance
An introductory video detailing the Hackathon process and expectations will be provided to teachers and students.
Weekly worksheets will be sent to guide students through each stage of the competition, starting on March 6th for 8 consecutive weeks.
Week 1 - Getting your team together
Week 2 - Identifying the problem - what inequalities exist in your community?
Week 3 - Who will be impacted by your intervention?
Week 4 - Planning your intervention 1 - what, where and why?
Week 5 - Planning your intervention 2 - feasibility and sustainability
Week 6 - How will you judge success?
Week 7 - Acting on feedback and improving your intervention
Week 8 - Getting ready to present your interventions
The final round will take place during the I2MS conference, where the top 6 teams will present their pitches to the judges and students.
The winning team will be selected based on a combination of student and judge votes, with two runners-up recognised for specific attributes such as teamwork, creativity, and more.