As COVID-19 creates unprecedented challenges that have never been seen before, the Emory University and Georgia Tech communities have the opportunity to help. The Emory Global Health Institute, the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech & Emory, CREATE X, and the Emory University School of Medicine are partnering to host a virtual hackathon, HACK COVID-19: Back to Work & School Solutions, with students from both universities to pursue solutions to challenging problems sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This hackathon will include teams comprised of Georgia Tech and Emory students who will develop solutions for multiple COVID-19-related problems.Teams will compete for cash prizes, and the winning team will also have the opportunity to take their solution to market through Georgia Tech’s CREATE-X Startup Launch accelerator.

Returning to a "New Normal"

Emory Global Health Institute and Georgia Tech Hack Covid-19 with backto work and school solutions

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2021 Winning Teams

First Place | Team 7


A platform that allows school or company administrators to easily create optimized schedules and seating charts.

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Second Place | Team 32


Third Place | Team 30


An innovative mask designed to increase comfort and prevent misuse.

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  • Team 2: WHYbrary // Automated knowledge storage platform to extract information from employee communication, allowing organizations to use their past to streamline their present and future business processes.
  • Team 4: Socialite // A productivity app that groups university students into collaborative teams based on shared interests and coursework to provide a platform of emotional support and accountability.
  • Team 15: GoodVibes Bracelet // A wearable proximity monitoring device that helps companies reinforce social distancing guidelines and collect data on high trafficked areas.
  • Team 31: Sentinel - COVID-19 // A COVID-19 vaccine and testing management system  that approves and rejects access to facilities through review of COVID-19 testing.
  • Team 33: Beacon // An app that connects students in their schools, allowing them to collaborate with one another, learn together and keep one another accountable for meeting their goals.
  • Team 34: Bubbl // A noninvasive approach to Covid contact tracing using a hassle-free social networking app that prioritizes private group connections between workers or students.