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CPC Hackathon 2020

February 7, 2020 @ 1:15 pm - 5:30 pm

Hackathon 2020


Friday, February 7, 2020
1:15 pm – 5:45 pm
Carolina Population Center

Register your team to participate by Monday, January 27th using this form.

Schedule of Events

Time Activity
1:15 pm – 1:30 pm Welcome and Explanation of Research Issue/Problem
1:30 pm – 3:50 pm
Hacking Begins
3:50 pm – 4:00 pm
Team Set-Up for Presentations in 2002 CSQ
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Team Presentations
5:15 pm – 5:30 pm
Judges Deliberate
5:30 pm
Event Wrap-Up

What is a hackathon?

The hackathon is an event where CPC predoctoral trainees and postdoctoral scholars will come together to form interdisciplinary teams and work on developing a research design for a population focused issue or problem. The specific population issue or problem will be provided to you at the beginning of the Hackathon; you will have the afternoon to work on the issue/problem and prepare a presentation based on your design to a panel of faculty judges. The overall goals of this Hackathon are to stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration among trainees; develop and exhibit your research design skills; and have fun.

What is the problem/issue that we will be hacking to solve?

The problem/issue will focus on a population-oriented topic. However, the details of the problem/issue will not be announced until the beginning of the event.

Who can attend the event?

This event is open to all trainees (population and biosocial). However, team registration is required and space is limited.

Is there a limit on how many teams that can sign up for the event?

Yes, only six teams will be allowed to participate in the Hackathon, so register early!

What are the requirements for developing a team?
The requirements for team formation include:

  • Each team should consist of 3-4 trainees
  • Teams cannot have more than 1 postdoctoral scholar
  • Teams cannot have more than 1 trainee that is in their first year of graduate studies at UNC
  • There must be at least 2 disciplines represented on each team

What is the deadline to register my team for the event?

All teams must be registered by 5:00 PM on Monday, February 4th.  Register your team here. Please designate one member from your team to fill out the form on behalf of all of the team members.

How will teams get judged?

Each team will have 5 minutes to pitch their idea and 5 minutes for questions and answers. Your presentation can be a PowerPoint presentation, it may be interactive (with audience participation), or whatever you think will work in terms of describing your research design. Be as creative as you want!

Who will be judging our presentations?

We have assembled an interdisciplinary judging panel of 3 CPC faculty fellows who are experts in population research.

What will be the judging criteria?

Presentations will be judged based the following criteria:

  • The degree to which the hypothesis(es) reflects important social science theories.
  • The extent to which the proposed study effectively addresses the hypothesis(es).
  • The creativity of the proposed research design, measures and approach.
  • The feasibility of the proposed research design, measures and approach.
  • The degree to which the proposed study could actually push science forward in this area of study.
  • The clarity and effectiveness of the presentation.

What does my team receive if we win the competition?

The estimate total of the prize package is $500. The package will be announced the day of the event!

Is there any prep required before the event?

Once you assemble your team and register for the event, there is nothing else that you will need to do until the day of the event.

Will we have dedicated space to work on our project?

Yes, each team will be assigned a conference room to work on their project the day of the event.


For more information about the Hackathon, please contact .


February 7, 2020
1:15 pm - 5:30 pm


Carolina Square Room 2002
123 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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(919) 962-5907