Innov8 4 Kids Challenge

759 Registered Allowed team size: 1 - 5
759 Registered Allowed team size: 1 - 5

Winners are announced.

idea phase
starts on:
Feb 01, 2022, 03:00 PM UTC (UTC)
ends on:
Mar 14, 2022, 02:00 PM UTC (UTC)
starts on:
Mar 21, 2022, 04:00 AM UTC (UTC)
ends on:
Apr 15, 2022, 02:00 AM UTC (UTC)



Do you have a free weekend in March or April and would like the opportunity to win some cool prizes? If yes, then this hackathon is for you!

Participants are welcome to invest as much time as they'd like throughout the duration of the phases with a minimum of only 16 hours of participation.








Children's Health is hosting it's annual “Innov8 4 Kids Challenge", calling all middle school, high school, college, and professional developers to bring their best innovation.

Help us innovate to improve healthcare for kids! Challenges include: - Gamifying Patient Education - Video and Content Creation - Culinary Cook-Off. Must be 13 years or older to participate.

This hackathon will take on the format of a multi-month challenge with two phases. The first phase is the idea submission phase, where participants are invited to submit their ideas. For the second phase, some of these ideas are shortlisted and the participants are invited to the creation and development phase.

Participants are welcome to invest as much time as they'd like throughout the duration of the phases with a minimum of 16 hours of participation.


 Check out Highlights from last year


Gamify Education and Care Plans

Seeking innovative ideas on how to gamify patient education and care plans, to increase pediatric engagement in their own health and doctor's instructions. Open to all participants!


Things to consider:  

  • Mobile app development 

  • Fun games that increase knowledge about diagnoses 

  • Example diagnoses to look at Diabetes, Asthma, Pre-Post Surgery, Nutrition, and many more! 

Inspiration to get you started: Check out some of last year’s submissions Children's Health Hackathon 2021 

Find more information on diagnoses here!

Video Creation Challenge

Most patient education exists in PDF / printed documents or long educational videos usually directed at a parent or caregiver. We are partnering with you to create videos "made by kids, for kids"! Challenge your creativity to create short 120-second length videos that are fun, engaging, and educational. Open to all participants! 

Things to consider:  

  • Think TikTok, how do creators grasp your attention? 
  • Diagnoses include but are not limited to Cancer, Heart-related diseases, Diabetes, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Asthma, Orthopedics
  • Pick a category(s) from the perspective of a patient, how would you tell this story?: 
    • My Story- The patient's story
    • Diagnosis 101- What is the diagnosis? Common treatments? 
    • What to do- Major actions to consider about your diagnosis 
    • What not to do- Major actions you cannot do with your diagnosis 
    • Things I've Learned- What has your diagnosis taught you? 


Inspiration to get you started: Consider the diagnosis of Asthma, you may get started by making a fun creative 120-second video addressing any of the topics above, such as "Top 5 things I avoided as a kid with Asthma!" 

Find more information on diagnoses here!

Curriculum Creation Contest (C3 Challenge)

Calling all professionals and tech connoisseurs! Help us train the next generation to lead in STEAM. Help us build a library of training content for participants to tap into and gain some awesome skills and knowledge! Open to all tech experts and professionals, share your knowledge!


Things to consider: 

  • What type of learner are you? What has worked for you? 
  • Engaging and useful tutorials
  • Tech Khan Academy
  • Competencies to create for but not limited to: Graphic design, Coding, Videography, Mobile app development and more! 


Inspiration to get you started: Say you want to teach the basics of videography. Step into the shoes of content creators and make a YouTube channel! What will you do to keep your audience engaged and entertained? How can you make sure they learn the most important basics of videography? Get creative! Maybe you don’t want to be a YouTuber, what content have you used before that has helped you? Maybe a TikTok series or website? Any submission helps! 

Submissions for the C3 Challenge will be taken starting February 1st via email to Please indicate your name in the email, submissions with names that are not registered in the Hackathon will not be counted.

Culinary Challenge

Join this sub-challenge if you have a knack for cooking! Submit your favorite healthy and delicious recipe for a chance to be chosen to cook it live in front of a panel of judges and potentially win! Open to all participants in DFW area (finalists will present live to Judges in Dallas, TX)!


Things to consider: 

  • Healthy but tasty 
  • Healing properties
  • Top Chef
  • Would a registered dietitian approve? 


Inspiration to get you started: Pretend you are on an episode of Top Chef or maybe even Chopped, and you want to impress the panel of judges who also happen to be registered dietitians. What meal would you make them? Is it one that already exists or one that you put your twist on? Remember you want to make it healthy; you could take your favorite dish and veganize it! Or maybe you want to make it high in protein. Whatever you do, get creative and make sure it’s tasty as may get the chance to cook it for real! 


Prizes will be awarded for the following categories:

  • Best middle school submission
  • Best high school submission
  • Gamifying Patient Education
  • Videos for Patient Education (think short Tik-Tok-like videos)
  • Curriculum Creation Contest (C3 Challenge) (submit videos and content for tech training)
  • More challenge categories may be announced!

Additional tech and cash prizes to be announced.


*All Participants between 13-17 years of age must have parental consent in order for their submissions to be judged and eligible for prizes. (Your parents must sign This Participation Agreement (Consent form) and upload the signed document with your project submission. A digital signature or wet signature are both acceptable

*The consent form can be submitted as an attached document along with the final submission.

Main Prizes
Gamify Education and Care Plans - 1st Prize

Oculus Quest 2 headset for each team member

Gamify Education and Care Plans - 2nd Prize

$100 Amazon gift card for each team member

Gamify Education and Care Plans - 3rd Prize

$50 Amazon gift card for each team member


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