We can’t believe McKHackathon 2018 is already over! Our event with Fortune 6 company McKesson was a huge success thanks to the amazing participants, McKesson team members, volunteers, mentors, judges and host venues University of Advancing Technology and Topgolf Scottsdale that brought it to life! It’s hard to believe that just 5 months ago this was an idea to foster collaboration, innovation, diversity + inclusion, and the McKHackathon was born. Countdown to McKHackathon 2019!girls in tech phx hackathon

The McKHackathon started with quickfire pitches and an audience vote to select the ideas that would form into the 10 teams. Day 2 was a full day of “hacking” (making the idea a reality), and day 3 ended with final presentations in front of a judging panel. 

Participants had various levels of experience and different backgrounds coming into the event, but everyone made new connections by the time final presentations were done. This 3-day event fostered some incredible ideas, including a personal medical records health app to make it easier to access your medical history and compare yourself to others (My MedTrics – 1st place), a SaaS platform to address medicine cold chain using blockchain (Cold Chain Sentinel – 2nd place), and an app to connect low income individuals to affordable housing (There’s Room – 3rd place). mckesson hackathon

Here are our 3 biggest takeaways:

    • 48 hours is a lot longer than it seems
      Participants surprised themselves with their ability to go from the start of an idea to a final presentation with a demo in only two days. Utilizing tools like Tableau to help with their research and data visualization and text messaging to distribute surveys to obtain real-time feedback for market research were some of the tactics participants used to hack their idea to life in such a short period.
    • 3 minutes is a lot shorter than it seems
      Teams were only given three minutes to present the problem they were solving and demo their solution to the judges. With so much passion and effort going into the projects, it always a challenge to condense it to a 3-minute pitch. However with the help of our mentors and focusing on telling a story that delivers the WHY, HOW and WHAT, all 10 teams got up there and successfully presented their collective vision.mckhackathon
    • Teamwork makes the dream work
      Many of the teams did not know each other before the start of the event. Participants arrived confident in their skills, but unsure of what to expect from their teammates. Hacking together showed them it takes a diverse skill set to make a winning product. For many participants meeting new people and seeing what you can create through collaboration was their favorite part and also what our main goal of the hackathon was. Some participants said, “My favorite part of the event was networking with talented people. I learned a lot about myself and how different personalities and skills work together under pressure without having any experience together. ” “Meeting so many new people and collaborating together. Receiving guidance and feedback from experienced mentors was so helpful.”

Have you attended a hackathon before? What was your fave takeaway? Let us know in the comments below or give us a shout-out on social! Check out the hacking in action from our McKHackathon on Facebook.