CMDC Hackathon: Cybersecurity Threats in a Hospital Setting

CMDC Hackathon

Are you up for the challenge?

Cybersecurity is a growing focus in the healthcare industry, and so is the need for next-generation problem solvers ready to tackle these issues head-on. Are you up for the challenge? It could be worth $600.

The University of Minnesota’s Center for Medical Device Cybersecurity (CMDC) and the Medical Industry Leadership Institute (MILI) are hosting a hackathon for graduate, professional, and undergraduate students in a variety of fields including engineering, computer science, social sciences and health sciences. 

Expert judges from academia, the medical device industry, and healthcare organizations will assess participants on their ability to comprehensively and innovatively understand and approach cybersecurity issues in healthcare. The full challenge will be revealed at kickoff.

After the first round of judging, top-scoring teams will present virtually to a live panel of judges for a chance to win the top prize of $600, and additional prizes for second and third place.

Registration to participate is now closed.

Join us over Zoom on November 1, 2021 at 5:00pm for final presentations from the top 3 scoring teams from round 1 of the CMDC cybersecurity competition. 

Register here to join

Competition Rules

  1. Competition is open to Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional-Degree seeking students. Students from any major and discipline are encouraged to register if they’re interested in healthcare or cybersecurity.
  2. You must be a student at the University of Minnesota, University of Michigan, University of Kansas, Case Western University, Indiana University or Syracuse University to participate.
  3. Teams will be assigned by the CMDC. You will have the option to request to be on the same team as one other person who is also registering. Teams will be comprised of no more than five participants.
  4. No individual entries are allowed.
  5. Teams can use any publicly available data or resources
  6. Your project materials must be uploaded to the team’s Google Drive folder by Sunday, October 24, 2021, at 11:59 pm CT.

Project Requirements

  1. Round 1 submissions must include: 
    1. Implementation plan of no more than three pages, not including references and citations. More specifics will be included in the challenge statement that participants will receive at the virtual kickoff on Friday, October 22, 2021.
    2. Your reports will be judged on how well you understand the problem, how you solve the problem in terms of feasibility, approach, and innovation, and how clearly and succinctly you researched and conveyed information.
    3. Implementation plans must be uploaded to the team’s Google Drive folder by Sunday, October 24, 2021, at 11:59 pm CT.
  1. Top-scoring teams will present their projects live over Zoom to a panel of industry experts, academics, and researchers for final judging on Monday, November 1, 2021, 5:00-6:30 CT.
  1. We recommend EXCLUDING your schools/colleges and last names from all submission materials and including only first names and team number.

Important Dates

  • Virtual kickoff event: Friday, October 22, 2021, 4:30-5:30 pm CT
  • Project due date: Sunday, October 24, 2021, 11:59 pm CT
  • Round 2 for top scoring teams: Monday, November 1, 2021, 5:00-6:30 pm CT, Virtual


    • First Place Team: $600
    • Second Place Team: $400
    • Third Place Team: $25 gift cards