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The hack is back! This weekend more than 200 NJIT students will converge for HackNJIT, a 48-hour on-campus hackathon to find solutions to real-world problems in health care and other industries. Sponsored by the HealthCare Delivery Systems iLab of New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII), a wholly owned subsidiary of NJIT, the event is being organized by the university’s student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Ying Wu College of Computing,

A hackathon is a gathering where programmers, often in small groups, collaboratively code to investigate and solve a problem over a short period of time. NJII will present an open-ended problem to the HackNJIT participants that will require them to use data to improve health outcomes for a hypothetical patient population. The hackers may also create and solve their own challenges unrelated to the problem presented by NJII.

“Sometimes the best solutions come to you in the middle of the night,” said Tomas Gregorio, senior executive director, Healthcare Delivery Systems iLab. “This weekend the next generation of leaders in technology will have the opportunity to test that theory and come together to find solutions to real-world challenges. It is our pleasure to support the development of new ideas and turn these innovations into the technologies of the future.”

“This year's HackNJIT broke the record for registrants,” said Theresa Wagner ’18, president of NJIT’s ACM student chapter, who has coordinated the hackathon for the past three years. “Good luck to all of the hackers this weekend. I can't wait to see what you come up with!”

HackNJIT’s other sponsors include FDM, Prudential, Optum, City National Bank, Juniper Networks, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, Merck and Major League Hacking. The event starts at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Campus Center’s Ballroom B and ends at 4 p.m. Sunday. A panel of judges will award prizes for the best hacks.