What can you solve in 40 hours?


To compete you must 18 years or older, a student or recent graduate, and interested in solving problems. Though it’s not required, we recommend that you’ve coded before.

Code Applications

In 40 hours, you and your team will code solutions to a particular issue in health and nutrition. This year’s topics are Poverty and Hunger, Food Deserts, and Maternal/Infant Health.

Win Prizes

Code, create, and pitch your best application with a chance to win cash and other prizes. Close to $10k will be awarded to the top three solutions.

Innovate. Code. Solve.

40 hours to plan, code, and pitch

40 hours. 2400 minutes.  144,000 seconds.  It doesn’t seem like a long time; yet every 40 hours, 105 infants die in the United States, often due to a delay in prenatal care. Every 40 hours, 15.5 million children living in poverty  worry about when they’ll have their next meal.  Every 40 hours, over 2.8 million pounds of food is thrown away, yet 23.5 million Americans live in food deserts without access to fresh, healthy food options.

Every 40 hours, Americans across this country are faced with issues arising from a lack of good nutrition and access to good healthcare - unhealthy infants and mothers, citizens of all ages and ethnic backgrounds living in chronically malnourished and unhealthy neighborhoods.

If you were given those same 40 hours, could you fight these problems? The power of software allows us to tackle seemingly insurmountable obstacles by helping us understand the world through data points. If you fully focused on a cause you were passionate about, collaborating with like minded hackers for 40 hours to code, what could you solve?

  • Percent

    More than 40 percent of people who spent at least half of their childhood in poverty were poor at age 35.

  • Million Americans

    Over 40 million Americans currently live in food insecure households.

  • percent

    40% of mothers with delayed care reported lack of money or insurance.

  • Thousand

    For every 40,000 infants born, 240 children die before their first birthday.

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Hacks 4 Health Schedule

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5-6 PM: Registration

6-6:30 PM: Welcome/Housekeeping

6:30-8 PM: Dinner & VHax panels

8-8:30 PM: Final instructions

9PM -12 AM: Coding


12-7 AM: Coding

7-8 AM: Break for breakfast

8-12 PM: Coding

12-1 PM: Break for lunch

1-6 PM: Coding

6-7 PM: Break for dinner

7PM – 12 AM: Coding


12-7 AM: Coding

7-8 AM: Break for breakfast

8-12 PM: Coding

12-1 PM: Break for lunch

1-3 PM: Finish Coding

3-4 PM: Pitching

4-4:45 PM: Judging/Dinner/Networking

4:45-5:30 PM: Awards

5:30-6:30 PM: End of event/clean up

What to Bring:

Your laptop

Your sleeping bag

Your toothbrush

Your appetite

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