CODE OF CONDUCT

https://www.hackmentalhealth.care/code-of-conduct/

TEAMS

Teams can have a minimum of 1, and maximum of 6 people. Teams can be formed prior to the event, though no coding is allowed until the event begins (more below).

JUDGING

Judging for projects will take place, with 4 broad areas considered for each project:

  • Innovation / Ambition (5 points): How innovative is the project compared to existing solutions? How much does the project tackle a new problem that has been overlooked by the market?

  • Mental Health Impact (5 points): How useful is the idea in the mental health space?

  • Quality and User Experience (5 points): How does the UI / design of the app look? Is the app easy to use, and engaging for the user?

  • Economic / Cultural Feasibility / Sustainability (5 points): Can the app apply to other cultures and economic systems? How easy would it be to implement this app? Is it easy to maintain? 

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

All hackathon participants own full rights to their work.

TIME AND PLACE OF WORK

Work may be done on or off site. We encourage you to be at the event while the venue is open, but you are free to work outside of operating hours of the venue. Please remember to sleep.

All work on your team must be your own (although feel free to use open source libraries in your projects). You cannot code for the hack prior to the event start time.

Your team must be present at the event to submit and present your work. Teams not present will forfeit any winnings and their prizes will be awarded to another team.

CODE FREEZE:

In the interest of encouraging health and stress management during the event, we strongly recommend a code freeze at night from 11pm - 6am for participants to get some sleep.

CAN MY HACK NOT INVOLVE TECHNOLOGY?

Your hack must incorporate technology, and particularly something that can be demoed to the judges. In most cases this will involve some kind of software or hardware component, but please ask Hack Mental Health team members if you have questions about your particular project idea.

WHAT ARE EXAMPLES OF THINGS WE COULD BUILD?

The mental health tech space is an exciting industry that is just getting started. There are many ideas of what to build, and we’re excited to see what innovations you come up with! Here are some examples:

  • A mental health chatbot that can help users handle anxiety through conversation -- perhaps using sentiment analysis to gauge how to steer the conversation

  • A marketplace to connect therapists with patients in a way that makes the experience smoother and more data-driven

  • A mechanism for peers to connect and support each other in a healthy, efficient way

  • Tools for therapists to make their practice operate better

  • A virtual reality app to help users practice handling anxious thoughts and situations in a virtual environment

WHAT COUNTS AS MENTAL HEALTH

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what does or doesn’t count, but please ask a Hack Mental Health team member if you have any questions. Ultimately it will be up to the judges.

CONTACT

If you have any questions or comment, or wish to send us any notice regarding this Challenge, please email us at ash.nkumar@gmail.com.