Hackathon – 04.30.21 – 05.02.21 | Virtual

PITCH PRESENTATIONS – 05.04.21 | Virtual

Due to measures taken around COVID-19, the Healthcare Hackaton is virtual.

The hackathon will bring together engineering and bioinformatics student teams and rural health experts to tackle 9 critical challenges facing Rural Health, as outlined in the 2020 Rural Health COVID-19 Playbook.  

Rural Health COVID-19 Playbook

Our mission is to expedite healthcare innovation through technology and partnership. We are building a network of innovation support to include a diverse group of stakeholders including rural health care providers, care team members, administrators, government, innovators, and patients.


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schedule and details

schedule of events

(sessions will be held virtually)

  • Friday, April 30th, 5-7p MST: Kickoff
  • Saturday, May 1st, 9a-4p MST: Mentor Matching & Team working sessions
  • Sunday, May 2nd, 9a-1p MST: Mentor Matching & Team working sessions
  • Tuesday, May 4th, 3-5p MST: Final Presentations
detailed schedule of events

*Student registration for the virtual hackathon is due by 11:59pm MST April 25rd.

 Friday – April 30th:

  • 5:00 – 6:00 PM MST: Kick-off
  • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM MST: Team time

 Saturday – May 1st:

  • 9:00 – 11:00 AM MST– Mentor Session 1
  • 11:00 – 1:00 PM MST– Mentor Session 2
  • 1:00 – 3:00 PM MST– Mentor Session 3
  • 3:00 – 4:00 PM MST- “Perfecting the Pitch” (Mines Entrepreneurship & Innovation)

Sunday – May 2nd: 

  • 9:00 – 11:00 AM MST– Mentor Session 4
  • 11:00 – 1:00 PM MST– Mentor Session 5


Tuesday – May 4th – 3:00 – 5:00 PM MST

  • 3:00 – 3:10 PM – Welcome
  • 3:10 – 4:40 PM – Team presentations
  • 4:45 – 5:00 PM –  Awards
hackathon team
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Colorado Hospital Association
  • University of  Colorado  Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center
Why Rural health?

Shortly after COVID-19 arrived in the United States, the National Rural Health Association’s Senior Vice President Brock Slabach stated, “The pandemic has shined a bright light on the widening fractures that exist in the rural health safety net.[1]

Rural communities nationwide have been particularly hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the disparities facing rural health care systems are more apparent now than ever. Creating a meaningful resource to assist rural health care leaders weather these challenges requires the insight and direction of those on the frontlines within those communities.

[1] Daly R. Rural hospitals get financial assistance as COVID-19 exacerbates their struggles. Published May 6, 2020. https://www.hfma.org/topics/news/2020/05/rural-hospitals-get-financial-assistance-as-covid-19-exacerbates.html

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students & teams

about the hackathon
  • Let’s champion rural health innovation by bringing together innovators for a weekend dedicated to collaborative problem solving to improve human health, in partnership with Colorado School of Mines, Colorado Hospital Association and University of  Colorado  Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center
  • What is a Hackathon: A 3-day event that brings students and people from other professions together to take on healthcare problems by creating solutions in a supportive setting with colleagues and mentors.
  • Who should attend: Students, Recent Graduates, Healthcare Professionals, Engineers, Healthcare Venture Investors, Angel Fund Investors, Developers, Designers, and Entrepreneurs. 
  • Join us for a weekend that will forever change your view of your value, impact and future in rural healthcare!   You don’t want to miss this!




Hackathon – Is it really for me? Answer is YES!

To answer your questions:

  1. Yes, you may attend a hackathon even if you don’t have an idea.
  2. Yes, you may attend a hackathon even if you have been working on an innovative idea already.
  3. No, you don’t need to bring a team of people with you. 
  4. Yes, a hackathon is a great way to network and meet other students and healthcare professionals.
  5. Yes, students are welcome to attend 
  6. Yes, alumni are welcome to attend
  7. YES, Hackathons are FUN & SUPER EXCITING!
  8. Yes, attend if you problem-solver in all things related to patients – you can’t miss this!
  9. Have been looking for innovators who believe they have the knowledge, expertise and know-how to transform the future of rural healthcare – then come and meet them at the hackathon!
  10. Yes, you may attend if you are a healthcare provider, programmer, marketer, developer, engineer, designer, angel investor, other healthcare professional, or entrepreneur

Event Fee: Free to all attendees

The 9 Challenges Facing Rural Health

2021 Mines Healthcare Hackathon Theme: a pathway for rural health to thrive in a COVID-19 world. Shortly after COVID-19 arrived in the United States, the National Rural Health Association’s Senior Vice President Brock Slabach stated, “The pandemic has shined a bright light on the widening fractures that exist in the rural health safety net.”

The Mines Healthcare Hackathon will build upon the 2020 Rural Health COVID-19 Playbook. This playbook was written with the wisdom gained from over 30 interviews with rural health leaders and community members, an extensive literature review, analysis of rural hospital and primary care data, and the development of a rural-focused health care delivery system assessment tool, with the understanding that a precise playbook for this once-in-a-lifetime crisis is impossible.  Hackathon students will form teams and will select one of the 9 rural health challenges outlined in the playbook.

Clinical care

Providing clinical care during the pandemic


Communicating to the public and with staff.

Community & Patient engagement

Engaging and supporting the community and those in isolation or quarantine during the pandemic

Cross-system collaboration

Establishing effective incident command structures, cross-system collaboration, and partnerships with community providers.


Creating safe and efficient physical spaces both on- and offsite to care for COVID-19 positive or presumptively positive patients


Maintaining financial viability of rural health care delivery systems during a sharp decline in patient volume and revenue


Ensuring adequate staffing throughout the organization and caring for their mental and emotional well-being during an unprecedented time

Statistics and surveillance

Setting up testing procedures and reporting local disease statistics


Fabricating, conserving, and managing PPE, other supplies, and equipment