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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS THE WEARABLE TECH HACKATHON?

The Wearable Tech Hackathon, Tech REMIXed, is a virtual and Hybrid event that unfolds over two to five days.  Multi- disciplinary teams formed during the event will collaborate to learn, research and then address wearable solutions in the United States through a pitch competition for solutions they developed. Our goal is to connect teams to tools, resources and supporters that will foster motivated partnerships to bring solutions to life through open innovation after the event.

WHERE IS THE CHALLENGE TAKING PLACE?

On the campus of University Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and select satellite sites throughout the United States.  
July 22-26, 2024 is a hybrid event, meaning we will have physical host sites as well as an online presence. Teams will work together throughout the two-day event using tools such as Slack, Discord, Zoom, and Google Drive.

HOW MUCH TIME DO I NEED TO COMMIT?

The January Virtual event has event time stamps available upon registration. The hybrid event is a 5-day sprint beginning on Monday afternoon (7/22/2024) and ending on Friday (7/26/2024) with an awards ceremony. Since the goal is to rapidly bring meaningful solutions to life, participants should expect to commit either days, evenings or both, and Friday morning/early afternoon to the Challenge. Participants do not need to be available 24/7 for the duration of the event but should communicate their availability to team members. Clearly, the more time invested, the better the outcome.

WHO OWNS THE PRODUCT/SOLUTIONS TEAMS CREATE?

In an effort to expedite the development and implementation of solutions developed in this event, all products and solutions developed in this event will be open source.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE WEEK?

After the week, the best ideas and teams will have the opportunity to co-develop and implement their solution with the help of our event supporters.

WHAT DO WINNING TEAMS GET?

Winning teams may receive monetary prizes, computing resources, organizational support and direct access to key partners to further develop, validate and implement solutions developed.

HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER OR PARTNER FOR TECH REMIXED?

PARTICIPATION

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?

We are seeking a diverse group of participants. Participants ages 13 and over of all experience levels, professional and academic backgrounds, skill sets, race/ethnicity, and gender are welcome; what matters most is your commitment to making an impact and your willingness to collaborate. There will be a designated track for youth and adults.

DO I HAVE TO HAVE A TECHNICAL OR CLINICAL BACKGROUND TO PARTICIPATE?

No! Participants of all academic and professional backgrounds are welcome! We will make sure to represent a diverse mix of skills represented in each track. Based on the problem your team chooses to tackle during the event, finding other team members within your track with appropriate backgrounds would facilitate rapid progress.

Please complete the application form found online. Applications are due by  11:59PM ET before Day 1 of the hackathon experience. Participants apply as individuals only. No pre-formed teams are allowed. This is to promote the spirit of collaboration and diversity in team formation.

We will not assign participants to a team. Participants will work together in teams of 3-5 members which will be formed impromptu, after review of Hackathon tracks at the Opening Ceremony. 

HOW ARE APPLICATIONS EVALUATED?

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Emphasis will be placed on ensuring that a diversity of life and cultural experiences, skill sets and demographics are represented among participants. You will receive an email from the Organizer Team with an update regarding your acceptance.

IS A SPONSORSHIP PACKET AVAILABLE?

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