Gun Violence Prevention Challenge Summit & Hack-a-thon

April 13-15, 2018 | Boston, Massachusetts | #GunViolenceHack

During the Gun Violence Prevention Challenge Summit & Hack-a-thon, the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) will employ a public health approach to gun violence prevention by generating innovations that can address gun safety, mental health, community resilience, and policy. Apply to Attend the Challenge Summit & Hack-a-thon by March 26!

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Gun Violence Prevention Challenge Summit

Friday, April 13, 2018

Edward M. Kennedy Institute

 210 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125

Gun Violence Prevention Hack-a-thon

Saturday, April 14 – Sunday, April 15, 2018

MGH Simches Research Center

185 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA

The Challenge Summit will convene clinicians, government representatives, public health experts and affected community members to facilitate a discussion of challenges and provide critical insight into gun violence prevention. The Hack-a-thon will serve as an open-innovation platform for a diverse community to co-create innovations over a 48-hour period. Through cross-disciplinary collaboration, mentorship and award incentives, teams can accelerate ideas into breakthrough innovations with the potential to curb the epidemic of gun violence and improve the lives of survivors.

Through its “co-creation” model, CAMTech will convene experts in health, engineering and business to increase awareness and generate solutions to improve gun violence prevention. Innovators will develop technologies that are not only user-centric, technologically-disruptive and socially-impactful, but also commercially-viable. Working together, there is the power to effect real change and save lives.

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Find parking information and directions to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Challenge Summit on April 13 and the MGH Simches Research Center for the Hack-a-thon April 14-15.

Check soon for the Gun Violence Prevention Challenge Summit Agenda! 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

8:00 AM - 9:00 AMRegistration and Breakfast
9:05 AM - 9:15 AMWelcoming Remarks
9:15 AM - 9:25 AMWelcoming Remarks
9:25 AM - 9:30 AMKeynote Speech
9:30 AM - 9:45 AMKeynote Speech
9:45 AM - 10:00 AMPersonal Story
10:05 AM - 11:00 AMHacking 101: An introduction to the hack-a-thon model, overview of the schedule, expectations for the weekend, rules, format, and judges
11:00 AM - 11:15 AMBreak
11:15 AM - 1:00 PMPitching: All participants, mentors and speakers have an opportunity to present a challenge related to gun safety in 60 seconds or less
1:00 PM - 1:30 PMLunch and Networking: Innovators self-assemble into cross-disciplinary teams
1:30 PM - 2:00 PMMentor Debrief: An overview of the mentoring process and expectations (mentors only)
2:00 PM - 6:00 PMHacking Commences: Participants finalize their teams and begin to develop their ideas, innovations and prototypes with mentor support
6:00 PM - 12:00 AMHacking Continues: Teams continue working and iterating through the evening (all participants must vacate Simches by midnight)
11:59 PMDeadline for Team Registration: Teams must register their concepts online to be eligible to present on Sunday

Sunday, April 15, 2018

7:00 AM - 2:00 PMHacking Continues: Teams work with mentors to refine their ideas, develop prototypes and think through implementation models (optional start time for participants)
9:00 AM Breakfast
11:00 AM - 12:00 PMPractice Pitch Sessions: Teams prepare their final presentations with mentors
12:00 PMLunch
12:30 PMJudges Debrief: Judges convene to discuss evaluation process (judges only)
2:00 PM - 5:00 PMFinal Presentations: Teams deliver 3-minutes final presentations to judging panel
5:00 PM - 5:30 PMFeedback Session & Next Steps: Participants and mentors share feedback with event organizers and learn about post hack-a-thon opportunities
5:30 - 6:00 PMPrizes & Closing Remarks

Check soon for a list of challenges to be addressed at the Gun Violence Prevention Hack-a-thon!

Check soon for a list of our mentors, judges, and panelists at the Gun Violence Prevention Hack-a-thon!


Questions about the Gun Violence Prevention Challenge Summit & Hack-a-thon? Contact Nicholas Diamond, Marketing and Communications Manager, at: