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2018 Hackathon Puts Focus On Health Wellness

2-day Technology-Driven Behavioral Design Summit Hackathon

NewPathVR is producing a VR Wellness Hackathon the third week of February 2018 at Google Launchpad in San Francisco. NewPathVR is convening a group of interested developers for the 2-day Hackathon, with a real-world mission of “creating life-changing products in the health and wellness arena”. Participants will have a chance to collaborate on diverse teams with projects reviewed by industry leaders and entrepreneurs.

Organized Around the following themes:

* Research
* Foundations of behavioral design
* Applications
* Broader impact solutions
* Presentations

How It Works

We’ll create “dream teams” with people from various interest groups on one team. Each team will have a mix of people who will learn to work together throughout the 2-day period of the Hackathon. There will be a combination of focused talks and training from innovation leaders and experts, work sessions and final presentations of startups from each team. Industry experts will provide expertise to each team and help them rapidly develop their solution. Judges will pick a winning team based on the startup’s viability, feasibility and desirability.

Who’s Coming

All journalism and communications schools are invited to attend the Hackathon, as well as journalists, editors, technologists, entrepreneurs and others with an interest in networking, collaboration and innovation. We allow undergraduates, graduates and doctoral students to compete on teams. You may either purchase a "hacker" ticket to participate, or a "professional" ticket to network and observe.

There will be a special presentation by Sarah Hashkes, Co-Founder of Virtual Bytes. Virtual Bytes is an education, research and art collective. They aim to showcase how combining VR tech and neuroscience knowledge can influence our lives and wish to help creators in this new medium by bringing you 2 VR demos a month that hack the mind-body connection. They use all sorts of platforms like the HTC Vive, Oculus or web VR and will make their code available to coders for the hackathon!


Registration fees help cover the cost of food and drinks, as well as producing the Hackathon. Early Bird Registration costs $8 for hackers and $10 for professionals, and the deadline is February 5, 2018. Thereafter, regular registration costs $10 for hackers and $15 for professionals.

Travel Info

Travel and housing costs are up to participants, but there are competitive rates at nearby hotels. Google Launchpad is located within a 30 minutes drive of the San Francisco International Airport.


February 21st to February 22nd, 2018

Plan to arrive Tuesday, February 20th, in the evening by 6 pm for our kick-off mixer, with an official start early Wednesday morning and ending Thursday afternoon at 4 pm with the announcement of the winners.


Google Launchpad
301 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Kick-Off Mixer!

For those arriving early enough on Tuesday, there will be a kick-off mixer from 6 pm to 8 pm at Azucar at Folsom and 9th Street. The networking event will be a great way for Hackathon participants to meet up and get to know each other.

Sponsored by NewPathVR

Interested in demoing your VR or transformative technology? Tables are free!

Would you like to support this event by sponsoring with a cash or in-kind prize? 

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