Hacking Hackathons



The event will bring together Sana hackathon alumni from around the globe to share their experiences and lessons learned, and work with education experts to maximize the learning from these events.


Sana has developed a model of organizing mobile health hackathon events with the goal of encouraging increased collaboration between engineers and medical professionals and leveraging the growing prevalence of cellphones to provide health solutions in resource limited settings.


Beyond the impact hackathons have through the solutions they generate, they provide authentic learning experiences that promote content mastery, development of technical and thinking skills, and creation of supportive professional and social networks, and that engage and empower individuals and groups to take action.


Little formal research has been done on the types and mechanisms of learning during hackathons, or how these are impacted by the design and execution of these events. To that end, Sana, MIT Hacking Medicine and the MIT Teaching Systems Lab have partnered to organize “Hacking Hackathons”



Natacha Medeiros de Souza Port`s
Jessica Vanina Ortiz
Danilo Santos de Moura


Angelica Stefannia Orozco Pulido
Diana Marcela Samboní Rosero
Hamilton Andrés Urbano Benavides
Gabriel Eduardo Rengifo Ríos


Balbina Santana
Antonio Ruiz del Moral
Kevin Muro
Tonatiuh Medina
Edgar Mosso
Alejandro Hernandez
Moonbae Park
Luis Padierna


Christina Bukas
Antigonis Siaraka
Vasiliki Sideri-Lampretsa
Maria Kouiroukidou
Eleni Nisioti
Alexandros Paximadakis
Yiannis Pavlidis




August 2nd

08:00 – 08:30 Breakfast & Registration
08:30 – 09:00 Welcome Talk by 
Glen Comiso (Office of the President | Senior Director for Institute Affairs) 

09:00 – 12:00 Split sessions
12:00 – 12:30 Ice breaker/Group Assignments
12:30 – 01:30 Lunch
01:30 – 02:15 Introduction to UX Design
02:15 – 03:45 Storyboarding
03:45 – 04:00 Break
04:00 – 05:15 UI Heuristics analysis
05:15 – 06:00 Dinner

August 3rd

08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast & Networking
09:00 – 09:20 Introduction to prototyping
09:20 – 10:20 Group design activity (Building paper prototypes)
10:20 – 11:00 Paper prototype testing
11:00 – 11:30 Debrief and computer prototype introduction
11:30 – 12:00 Group design activity (Building computer prototypes)
12:00 – 12:40 Lunch
12:40 – 01:10 Group design activity (Building computer prototypes)
01:10 – 02:30 Team presentations
02:30 – 03:30 Reflection on improving Hackathons
03:30 – 04:30 Reflections on Learning
04:30 – 05:15 Final Comments/Next Steps
05:15 – 06:00 Dinner