Code to Care, and Everything in Between - Hackathon

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ICBS' virtual student-led conference week aims to engage, educate and inspire students interested in healthtech.

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This year, Imperial College Business School selected Code to Care and Everything in Between as its annual student-led conference.

Code To Care is a virtual week-long hackathon for students and recent graduates interested in tackling the global non-communicable disease (NCD) epidemic through sustainable healthtech solutions.

This is a non-traditional, ideation hackathon. Students are encouraged to tackle the challenge in whatever way they want, with the skills and resources that they have within their team, and prototype development is NOT essential. They have the freedom to come up with new products, business models, policies or campaigns. We understand students might have class and work, therefore you are NOT required to participate the whole week. The time commitment is entirely up to you. All events and sessions are optional.

The week also consists of 1 expert panel discussion and 6 keynotes, which are FREE and open to anyone interested in healthtech, from early-stage development through to patient-centred care. There is a separate registration to this, so to attend the talks, please register here.

Take a look at our website for more details.

The NCD epidemic challenge:

According to the WHO, NCDs, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, are the leading cause of mortality and account for 70% of deaths worldwide. The prevalence of NCDs is predicted to increase by 17% in the next 10 years, which demonstrates the significance this challenge places on health systems to address these health needs.

Why participate?

In addition to getting the chance to have a go at solving some of the most pressing issues we are confronted with today, the hackathon will be an incredible opportunity to network with brilliant students across top tier universities, including Imperial, LSE and Cambridge, that you may have otherwise never met in person! We will host daily zoom workshops and mentor drop-in sessions.

During the five days, there will also be a plethora of workshops, exciting keynote speakers, 1 on 1 mentorship by industry professionals, and, last but not least, cash prizes (more on this and other prizes will be announced shortly). No experience is necessary.

Final product

On Thursday 2nd of July, all teams must submit a 2-min pre-recorded video pitch & a short summary explaining the issue that they are solving and their proposed solution

A panel of expert judges will then select the top teams for the live finals on Fri 3 July. The live pitch will be 3-mins with 5-mins of Q&A.

​Winners will be announced during the closing ceremony on Fri 3 July.



The hackathon will take place entirely online.

Once registration closes on Sun 28 June, 20:00 GMT+1, you will receive a handbook for the week, including all the rules, guidance on how to access the slack channel, and zoom links for the workshops and mentoring sessions so you can access them in any time zone at your own convenience.


• Any university student (undergraduate and graduate level) or recent alumni (up to 3 years) are allowed

• We will provide a dedicated slack channel, where participants can form new teams by sharing their ideas, and even hosting their own group brainstorming sessions. The deadline to form a team with other participants is Monday 29 June, 20:00 GMT+1.


All teams will be assigned a dedicated mentor. Mentors will be industry professionals, with experience ranging from business coaching to medical practitioners.

All teams will additionally be able to book 'idea surgery' slots with other mentors involved in the hackathon. All mentors' profiles will be visible on the slack channel.


The winners will receive cash prizes, as well as exclusive mentoring sessions offered by our sponsors and judges. Additionally, your ideas will be visible after the challenge, given your consent, so companies can reach out to you directly if they like your idea to implement your solution!

The prize pool is currently worth over £3,000. The exact prizes up for grabs will be announced shortly.


Thursday June 25:

  • Slack channel opens
  • Initial Zoom 'speed-dating' networking session

Monday June 29:

  • Kick-off ceremony
  • Workshop 1: human-centered research with Dr Ileana Stigliani, Design Thinking professor at Imperial Business School
  • Mentorship opportunities
  • Team submission deadline
  • Zoom 'speed-dating' networking session

Tuesday June 30:

  • Workshop 2: Customer journey mapping with Adrian Brown, CEO of Vascular Perspectives
  • Mentorship opportunities

Wednesday July 1:

  • Mentorship opportunities

Thursday July 2:

  • Workshop 3: Pitching and storytelling with Steve Morris, Senior Coach at Amplify Presentations
  • Mentorship opportunities
  • Deadline to submit video pitch 13.00 GMT+1

Friday July 3

  • One-on-one pitching guidance for finalist teams with Ben Mumby-Croft, Director of Imperial Enterprise Lab
  • Final live pitch-off with Q&A 15.00 - 17.00 GMT+1
  • Closing ceremony - winners announced! 17.45 GMT+1


£10- but is completely refundable once your team has submitted a pitch video!

Please sign up with your college email. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email us at

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