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Created by and for undergraduates who are interested in the intersection of healthcare, tech, and business, Husky Health Innovation Challenge (HHIC) was founded in 2018 as the first healthcare focused case competition for undergraduates in the Greater Boston Area. Despite Boston’s rich healthcare ecosystem, healthcare-related case competitions have been overwhelmingly limited to graduate students. Undergraduates bring a fresh perspective to this critical space.
This event is open to ALL undergraduate students in the Boston area, with cash prizes. In teams of three to four, participants will propose innovative digital health solutions to a salient issue in healthcare identified as the topic of our case. Our team is working on creating the 2024 case topic. Stay tuned! The top proposals will be selected to present their solutions to a panel of judges on Pitch Day.
January 11: Registration Opens
Register through the registration form via ViTAL Linktree or vitalhhic.org
January 25: Workshop 1 at 6:00pm- EV 024
Come create a product with us and learn about the ideation process!
Groups Creation Social 1/25 at 7:00pm- Richards 254
Case topic release and light refreshments will be provided. Attendance is highly recommended. Find members to compete with and socialize with other groups.
February 1: Workshop 2 at 6:00pm- EV 024
Digging deeper into the case topic. Collaboration with another organization to teach you more about it.
Registration Closes 2/1 at 11:59pm
February 2: Case Release at 9:00am
February 8: Competitors Check-in
Competitors can work on proposals with light refreshments.
February 15: First Round Submissions Due at 11:59pm
All competitors must submit their pitches for a chance to be selected as a finalist.
February 17: Finalists Released
Finalists are notified and sent guidelines for pitch development.
February 22: Finalist Work Session
Finalists can work on presentations or practice presenting to ViTAL eboard members.
February 23: Pitches Due at 6:00pm
Pitches from the top 4 teams are due at 6pm
February 24: Pitch Day
Finalists present their pitches to judges. Additionally, non-finalist team awards will be announced, professional headshots for all competitors, and networking sessions with healthcare/business professionals and student entrepreneurship organizations on campus. Other participants and ViTAL members are encouraged to attend.
Frequently asked questions
How much are prizes?
Who can compete?
What is the event format like?
What is this year's theme?
Is this event free?
Are the workshops required?
How are teams made?
Why should I attend?
For this year’s competition, teams are competing for the first place prize of $1000.
Husky Health Innovation Challenge is open to undergraduate students in the Greater Boston Area. We welcome students of all backgrounds and experience levels to compete.
The competition has two rounds: all teams will submit first round submissions (due 2/15 at 11:59pm) and after judge review, the top 4 teams (notified 2/17 at 8am) present in front a panel of esteemed judges at Pitch Day. This event includes finalists' presentations, networking session, and a keynote speaker.
This year’s case topic is Healthcare Communication in Autism through Digital Health Solutions. The finalists and keynote speaker will educate Pitch Day attendees about this topic.
Yes. Thanks to our sponsors, this event is completely free to participants. All-day attendees will receive catered lunch and HHIC merchandise!
While attending our workshops and groups creation social are not required to compete, we highly encourage students to come to our workshops and speaker series as they have been carefully designed to prepare students from all backgrounds to address this year’s case. Follow @hhicnortheastern and @vitalnortheastern on Instagram to learn more about our workshop series and the social.
Teams should be groups of 2-3 undergraduate students. If you don't have a team in mind, no worries -- we will be having a groups creation social (1/25 @ 7pm) where you can meet other competitors and create teams to tackle the case. If you missed the social, we will sort you into groups.
Come show off your talent and passion in healthcare, business, and technology for a chance to win cash prizes, swag, and exciting networking opportunities with corporate sponsors from around the Boston area!
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