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XdHacks 2019

Connect. Learn. Innovate.

The best way to connect cross-disciplinary

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What is Xdhacks

What is XdHacks?

X(Cross)-disciplinary Hackathon

What is XdHacks? A 24-hour hackathon that interconnects passionate individuals from various disciplines, providing a space for us to mingle and together invent the remarkable! Immerse yourself in a sea of innovative and brilliant minds sharing the common goal of solving society’s current issues through technology. Why stop there? Take home these newfound friendships, skills, ideas and career opportunities that are bound to light a path for you in the future!

Sustainable Health

Sustainable Health

XdHacks 2019

Come one and come all to create wonders by building team projects and establishing what YOU believe defines Sustainable Health! Welcoming students from all backgrounds, XdHacks 2019 can hardly wait to see YOUR flames of passion, YOUR brilliant ideas and YOUR unique expertise. In this cross-disciplinary hackathon, XdHacks encourages non-coders to learn to reform their ideas from a more technical approach, and hackers to further understand areas beyond their expertise while helping the domain of non-technical experts refine their ideas.

Winners of XdHacks 2019

Team Yellow Deco

KENKO - Grand Prize

Team Yellow Deco

Team Yellow Group

First of all, we would like to thank the organizers, sponsors, and mentors of XdHacks for providing such a great experience! Sustainable health was an interesting topic to think about and we settled on targeting the sustainability of BC’s healthcare system by building a React Native app that helps patients better manage their rheumatoid arthritis. We chose rheumatoid arthritis because biologic drugs have risen to become BC’s costliest publicly-funded drugs (80 to 182 million from 2011-2017), while also demonstrating a poor adherence rate (11-65%). Going forward, we will dive more into the research at the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and see what we can learn about building and improving on patient engagement apps like KENKO. A special shout-out to Dr. Mary De Vera and her colleagues for some of their work in rheumatoid arthritis and medication adherence! Our team would like to thank all of our peers who came to this event—there were many interesting projects, and we enjoyed listening to all of the pitches!

Team members:

Alice Hsieh - CompSci & Business

Christopher Chen - Design & CompSci (first hackathon!)

Jatin Suneja - CompSci

Kunal Aildasani - CompSci

John Lee - CompSci & Pharmacy

Team Red Deco

CogniTrack - Silver Prize + Best use of Hesura

Team Red Deco

Team Red Group

We had an amazing overall experience. We formed our team the night before the hackathon through the Slack team-formation channel, and we met for the first time during XdHacks. Our team was quite diverse. We truly embodied the cross-disciplinary nature of the hackathon; we each brought unique experiences and perspectives to the table that allowed us to approach our project from a variety of angles allowing us to create a comprehensive solution to the problem that we identified. XdHacks gave us the unique opportunity to work with each other, something that would never happen in our normal day-to-day studies.

CogniTrack monitors changes in cognitive impairment for patients diagnosed with dementia. This is done through a series of questions assessing the patient’s memory, counting, reasoning, language skills and overall mood. This data is analyzed, packaged into a report, and sent to a caregiver or family member. The goal? To allow families to monitor their loved ones ensuring they receive the best support and care as their state progresses.

Team members:

Amir Abdi - PhD Candidate of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Kattie Sepehri - Computer Science

Miriam Wagner Valladolid - Cognitive Systems

Karina Perez - Arts History

Harrison Lee - Business and Computer Science

Team Purple Deco

MedEye - Bronze Prize

Team Purple Deco

Team Purple Group

For most of our team, it was our first time participating in a hackathon! Only Leonidas had some experience attending a hackathon. So when we were told that we were going into the final round we were very surprised! It was not something we had anticipated. This made the experience of coming third much more incredible. The event itself was great, there was a ton of resources and everyone was driven and talented. We really learned a lot and felt challenged as a team to do better. Furthermore the slack channels made it really easy for us to keep track of what was happening.

Our project was to create a mobile application that could process images (i.e. a picture captured on the phones camera) of the box of a drug/ prescription to find out what the ingredients are and their side effects, and also what alternatives were available in the market, how chemically, similar those alternatives are the the subject in the picture, and how much they cost.

Team members:

Jackson Dagger - PhD Candidate of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jialin Tang - Computer Science

Andrew Liu - Cognitive Systems

Leonidas J Zhang - Arts History

Siqi Wang - Business and Computer Science

Team Blue Deco

AcaMEDia - Best domain registered with

Team Blue Deco

Team Blue Group

Congratulations to the winners of XdHacks 2019!

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Our Judges

Dr. Rickey Yada

Dr. Rickey Yada

UBC Professor, Dean of LFS

Dr. Rickey Yada was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and Professor of Food Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, BC in 2014. Prior to joining UBC, Dr. Yada was at the University of Guelph in a number of leadership roles, including Professor in the Department of Food Science, Chair of the Department of Food Science, Assistant Vice President Research, a Canada Research Chair in Food Protein Structure, and many more.

Don Burks

Don Burks


Don is currently the head instructor for Lighthouse Labs. Well-known for his legendary workshop facilitation and amazing coding skills, Don graduated with a music degree from Columbus State University but pursued a career in tech soon after. Now with 21 years of industry experience and a wealth of knowledge and expertise under his belt, we are excited to have him join us!

Dr. Yael Mayer

Dr. Yael Mayer

UBC Medicine

Dr. Yael Mayer is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science at the University of British Columbia. She has a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Tel-Aviv University. Dr. Mayer's focus in research is the Resilience processes of children, youth and adults, in challenging life circumstances. Dr. Mayer is a registered clinical counsellor in BC, where she works in her private practice with children and adults with various disabilities.

Francis Steiner

Francis Steiner


Francis has shepherded multiple startups through growth in the last 15 years. He is a former strategy consultant focused on new markets and products at Deloitte’s Braxton Associates and PwC’s Strategy Group. Francis is currently Entrepreneur-in-Residence at HATCH, UBC’s new technology startup incubator

Tamara Etmannski

Dr. Tamara Etmannski

UBC Engineering and Sauder

Dr. Tamara Etmannski has worked in the oil and gas industry in Canada, reverse-engineered water filters using user-centred design principles and sustainability metrics in rural India, facilitated start-up boot camps in London, and completed Singularity University’s exclusive Graduate Studies Program at NASA Ames in Silicon Valley. She has also owned a motorcycle training school, done independent technical consulting and been the cofounder/founder and CEO of 3 tech start-ups.

Cinda Heeren

Dr. Cinda Heeren

UBC Computer Science

Dr. Cinda Heeren joined the department as a Senior Instructor in July 2017, coming from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA, where she was a Teaching Professor and a winner of multiple teaching awards. She is a strong advocate for teaching methods including peer instruction and active learning, and delights in passing on her passion for computer science to those from all background

XdHacks 2019 Schedule

Day 1 - Feb 9th, 2019


Registration opens


Opening ceremony


Hacking begins


1st Workshops




2nd Workshops

Day 2 - Feb 10th, 2019






Project submission deadline


Project demo


Final presentation + closing ceremony

Frequently Asked Questions

A hackathon is an event where individuals get together as teams to create innovative projects solving an existing problem in the world. Participants get to enhance your portfolios / resumes and expand your professional networks by meeting mentors, judges from the industry whom can guide you in a technical / academia / practical approach. Recruiters are usually present at hackathons searching for talented individuals, so make sure you submit your resume when you apply and bring a few copies to the hackathon to maximize your chances for a future career. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges comprised of top industry professionals and awesome prizes are to be won!
The deadline of the applications is on February 1st, 2019 at 11:59pm. No applications will be accepted later than this time! Make sure you apply early!
Current university students or recent graduates, passionate about health and coding or who are keen to learn more about how tech and health can intersect with their own fields of expertise!
We welcome participants from all backgrounds to join this hackathon. Don’t worry if you don’t have coding or hackathon experiences before. We have experienced professionals at the event to assist you and your team. Come and have fun!
This is a free event!
Application screening will be ongoing from Dec 2018 to Feb 2019, qualified applicants will receive a confirmation email from XdHacks team.
Yes, we do! All participants must follow the MLH Code of Conduct at XdHacks!
Each team can be a maximum of 5 people. You can in fact work by yourself, but we do encourage you to get out there to meet new people!
You can form your own team before the hackathon using our sponsored platform, HackHub, or you can come to the hackathon on the day to meet new friends and form teams. We will give a time for you to form teams on the day of.
No, all projects need to start from scratch within the 24-hr time limit. If we notice any team that is working on previously developed projects, the team will be disqualified from the hackathon; however, feel free to start brainstorming and discussing your ideas among your team prior to the hackathon! If you are unsure of something such as libraries or tools that you have created before, feel free to send us an email to to ask or ask us on the day of the event.
You will be able to choose which path you enter when you submit your projects. There will be a first round of demoing to the mentor-judges who will walk around to your station to do judging. After the first round, the top 2 teams with the highest average scores from each path will be selected to go into the second round where the top 6 teams of all paths will do a final presentation to the crowd and our final presentation judges. From there, the top 3 winners will be selected as well as other sponsored prizes are awarded.
Your innovative ideas, a working computer, any hardware that's going to help you hack and your passionate self!
The location of the hackathon is on UBC Vancouver campus located at the Great Hall in the Nest. No travel reimbursements will be provided for this hackathon this year.
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XdHacks 2019

Connect. Learn. Innovate.

Major League Hacking 2019 Hackathon Season