Thank you to all who participated in the UCSF COVID-19 Hackathon - including project teams and their respective leads, mentors, staff, and faculty. Special thanks to all of our sponsors for their generous support!

Over the course of three weeks, roughly 400 participants and mentors from around the world – including from many of the world’s top education, research, and technology institutions – have teamed up as a result of the UCSF COVID-19 Hackathon hosted by the UCSF LaunchPad and UCSF Catalyst Program to design new innovative and technical solutions to the health, medical, and scientific challenges we face due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects have ranged from innovative mental health applications, fascinating telehealth models, pioneering medical devices and PPE, state-of-the-art epidemiology and public health solutions, as well as cutting edge therapeutics and diagnostics. All these innovative and elegant solutions have made great strides since their initial video submissions and all the hard work, creativity, and collaboration is both inspiring and making a real difference in the fight against the novel coronavirus. 

View the Showcase Finale that highlights some of the exciting projects from the UCSF COVID-19 Hackathon.

Hackathon Awardees

$2500 – Syntegra sponsored Grand Prize – bunnyPAPR

$1500 – UCSF LaunchPad sponsored Second Place Prize – Calm On

$1000 – UCSF LaunchPad sponsored Third Place Prize – text COVID


MBC BioLabs Golden Ticket – Targeting ORF-3a mediated inflammation

  • One-year sponsored lab bench at MBC BioLabs
  • One-year sponsored access to our core facility equipped with >$2 million worth of research instruments
  • Access to the shared amenities and services provided at MBC BioLabs


Wilson Sonsini




Mentorship and pitch sessions:


All projects are eligible for the following Amazon Web Services benefits: 

  • $5,000 in AWS Credits valid for 2 years
  • 1 year of AWS Business Support (up to $1,500)
  • 80 credits for Self-Paced Labs


Thank you to all of our sponsors for your incredible support!




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Frequently Asked Questions



Terms & Conditions

The following terms apply to participation in the UCSF COVID-19 Hackathon ("Hackathon"). Entrants may create original solutions, prototypes, datasets, scripts, or other content, materials, discoveries or inventions (a “Submission”). The Hackathon is organized by the UCSF LaunchPad and UCSF Catalyst Program.

Entrants retain ownership of all intellectual and industrial property rights (including moral rights) in and to submissions. Previous intellectual property agreements signed with a participants employer are not affected by the Hackathon.

As a condition of submission, entrant grants the UCSF LaunchPad and UCSF Catalyst Program, its subsidiaries, agents and partner companies, a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, adapt, modify, publish, distribute, publicly perform, create a derivative work from, and publicly display the Submission.

Entrants provide Submissions on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied, including, without limitation, any warranties or conditions of TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY, or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.