Animal Health Hackathon coming to UGA

By Staff

Boehringer Ingelheim and the University of Georgia are teaming up to host the first-ever Georgia Animal Health Hackathon in Athens April 6-8, 2018. Students from varied disciplines, degrees, majors and colleges will join members of the UGA community at this weekend-long event to innovate advances in animal health.

The hackathon will begin on Friday afternoon with presentations from innovators and leaders – including clinicians, startups and academia – to provide a multifaceted view of emerging trends and the future of animal health and healthcare services. The event continues on Saturday with teams comprised of students from veterinary medicine, computer programming, business, art, design and engineering coming together to ideate and create novel solutions to real-life needs in animal health. Mentors will provide feedback and guidance to the teams, with the event culminating in a project showcase on Sunday and final presentations to an audience of peers, industry representatives, and participants. A panel of judges will select winners and award $5,000 in cash and prizes.

This is a unique opportunity to meet and work together with your peers, researchers and industry leaders to explore multi-disciplinary approaches for improving animal health and well-being. The hackathon features three verticals – improving the animal-human bond; disease diagnostics, preventive measures and tracking; and sustainable agriculture. All students are welcome and encouraged to participate regardless of major, degree, college or university. Bring project ideas or just bring an open mind. For more information and to sign up, visit

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