Friday, February 8, 2019
1:15 pm - 5:45 pm
Carolina Population Center

Register your team to participate by Monday, February 4th here.


What is a Hackathon?

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

Schedule of Events


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 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:

  • Does the presentation effectively address the question?
  • How creative is the research design?
  • What is the likelihood that the design actually has the potential to push population science forward in this area of study?
  • How clear and focused is the research design?

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 .

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