About July 2-4, 2021

We invite you to attend our global Researchathon—An event dedicated to fostering collaboration between labs, conduct research on new coronavirus datasets, and make a positive impact during unprecedented times. The Researchathon will have two main mandatory components, a pre-hack social with invited keynote speakers and opportunities to mingle, as well as the main Researchathon event to work on your projects. We also have sourced datasets for you to work on that we will share during the social part of the event. The Researchathon will be conducted remotely!


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We have four tracks! Check out our tracks document that outlines recent conundrums and issues relevant to our tracks. 

  1. Technology
  2. Environment 
  3. Healthcare
  4. Racial and sociocultural 

> How much does it cost to attend? $0. We are a registered nonprofit in both Canada and the U.S., and we are committed to providing this experience for free, and for all.

> Who runs this event? Our event is run by high school and university students in North America!

> Who can participate in Researchathon? All students in high school or post-secondary from anywhere around the world is encouraged to participate!

> How are the teams going to look like? Each team consists of up to 4 people, or you can also participate solo. You can create your team before the event, but each member must submit their own application.

> What if I don't have a team? If you don't have a team, don't worry! There will be opportunities to connect with others and form your team prior to the event. You also have the option to go solo!

> What will submissions look like for Researchathon? All teams must submit a three-pager at the end of the event. More details on submission requirements for each of the tracks will be announced soon!

> What should I bring? Since this is a virtual event, you will have the opportunity of enjoying our event from your home! All we require is a stable internet connection and an electronic device capable of accessing the internet. If you require any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at contact@researchathon.co

> Where will the event be held? We will use Discord as our main platform of communication with workshops hosted on Zoom.


Projects will be evaluated based on the following set of criteria. Please read carefully to get a good sense of how the competition will work:

Format for the research proposal:

  • 10-12 font
  • Times New Roman
  • Spacing: 1.5
  • 1 inch margins
  • Headers & sub-headers should be used when appropriate to organize the content
  • First line indentation
  • All graphs/figures/tables should have a caption explaining their purpose
  • Proposal should not be more than 3 pages long (not inclusive of the references, appendices, and title page).
Paper (/25)

Complexity (/10)

→ How complex and innovative was the solution presented?

→ Did the team use novel ideas or implement complex concepts?

Arguments/Counter-arguments (/10)

→ Are there arguments being presented for the proposed thesis from various angles? → Are the weaknesses of the thesis examined to an equal extent as its strengths?

Structure and Grammer (/5)

→ Has the paper been carefully edited? Was there a lot of attention being paid to detail and grammatical errors?

→ Does the paper convey the tone that the team wanted?

Research (/25)

Clarity (/5)

→ Are the ideas well organized?

→ How understandable is it?

Scope & Impact (/5)

→ Does the brief clearly state who is affected by the problem?

→ Ex. Definitive population, geographical region, etc.

→ Who is affected by this problem? Who can benefit from the presented solution?

→ Does the solution positively impact a decently sized population?

Evidence & Analysis (/10)

→ Are the claims backed up by specific evidence, facts and statistics?

→ How reputable are the sources used?

→ Is the presented information relevant to the main problem?

→ How strong is the construction and delivery of the arguments?

Feasibility (/5)

→ How realistic is the paper?

→ How large are those limitations and consequences?

→ Does the brief acknowledge potential limitations and negative consequences?

Video Presentation (/15)

Content (/10)

  • Does it relate to the track?
  • Is the video presentation used to portray a different perspective on the topic?
  • Does the video adeqautely summarize the main points gone over in the track?

Presentation (/5)

  • Maximum duration of 3 minutes
  • At least 1920 x 1080 pixels (HD)
  • Videos must be uploaded to YouTube as an unlisted video (provide the link only)

A more detailed rubric: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qVaIPlooC-ryr-PSibqyy_28EVht2IJA6-vaDENCAbU/edit#gid=0

Zoom link for the workshops:


A useful resource for video making: https://help.devpost.com/hc/en-us/articles/360021816952-Video-making-best-practices

Hackathon Sponsors


$8,000 in prizes

Track Winner (4)

$150 USD
$250 Digital Ocean
$220 HyperX
$150 1Password
$248 Interview Cake
$1000 Airtable Credits

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