Date Posted: 2/11/2021

Join the Animal Health Hackathon, February 19th through 21st, 2021. Current students—any student, any year, any major, undergraduate and graduate—may sign up here.

For the fifth year in a row, in partnership with Cornell's Center for Veterinary Business and Entrepreneurship (CVBE), we bring you the hackathon that mixes students from veterinary sciences, business, engineering, and CIS. Home of the first-ever Animal Health Hackathon in the world, this annual hackathon explores current trends and expanding, new market opportunities in the animal health sector. 

Innovators and leaders, ranging from clinics, startups and academia, present multifaceted views of emerging trends and the future of animal health and healthcare services. Teams comprising veterinary students, business students, engineers, designers, and more, come together to ideate and create novel solutions in animal health. Visit the event site to see the Challenges along with details of the more than sixty speakers, mentors, and judges.

  • Student teams may work on their own idea or use one of the proposed challenges for inspiration
  • Students retain full ownership of any IP developed over the course of the hackathon
  • The event is fully virtual

A maximum of two hundred students will be admitted to participate. We are including many of the features you have come to expect from our hackathons: a networking event, an IBM workshop, a swag bag, food ($50 Grubhub credits), and $9,000 in prize money.

Speaking specifically to the CIS community, usually about forty percent of the two hundred students that participate in the hackathon will arrive from CIS-affiliated departments: Computer Science, Information Science, and Statistitcs and Data Science. Moreover, this hackathon is one of the very few, in not only, events in which CIS students get to work with Veterinary students on shared topics, educational interests, and entrepreneurial initiatives. 

Not to be missed, the hackaton provides a recruiting opportunity, since the companies that participate are now hiring for internships and full-time positions.

The event is made possible with support from Encore Vet Group, Boehringer Ingelheim, Idexx, Zoetis, and Nestle Purina.