Vancouver Hackathon: Hack the Pulse 2022 Event Report

XdHacks Mini Vancouver's first hackathon of 2022, with a theme of global healthcare, has successfully wrapped up! Find out what exciting projects were created during this productive weekend.

XdHacks Mini Vancouver's first hackathon of 2022, with a theme of global healthcare, has...

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With 128 registrants, XdHacks Mini Vancouver hosted Hack the Pulse 2022 from March 11th to March 13th. Out of these registrants, we ultimately had 21 ‘hacks’ that hoped to improve the healthcare industry around the world. Throughout the event we hosted multiple workshops and activities to continuously keep participants engaged. These workshops included a keynote address by Annie Martin, 'Innovations in Medical Oxygen" by Sheillah Bagayana, "Let's Git Going - Hands On" by Brian Fraser, and "Introduction to Java" by Phuong Ngo & Jeff Lu. Examples of other activities were Jackbox Games, and a Wikipedia search challenge.


After much deliberation, the top 3 teams were determined based on 5 main judging criteria:

1. Innovation

2. Design

3. Practicality

4. Prototype

5. Presentation


The Overall 3rd Place Winner was Kai, a virtual healthcare companion that helps patients around the globe with their healthcare needs. Kai can book appointments with the patient’s doctor, help the patient with health problems they are facing and provide patients with information about their problems. It sends patients emails about what steps they can take to prevent healthcare problems.


The Overall 2nd Place Winner was MutationSeeker, which identifies pathogenic mutations within a DNA base sequence of a gene, allowing geneticists to counsel patients about possible genetic risks to physiological diseases. The prototype is programmed to recognize 2 pathogenic mutations found in the calpain-10 gene, whose variants are associated with type 2 diabetes.


The Overall Winner of Hack the Pulse 2022 was HospiChain. HospiChain informs the government of any lack of supplies encountered by a hospital in their zone of care. It shows them the urgency of the supply, so they can have a priority list while considering demands. Using blockchain technology, HospiChain allows information to get from hospitals to the government faster, secure, and simpler, informing each other of their needs.


The organizing team consisted of 12 high school students from across the Lower Mainland. Ultimately, we were impressed by the innovation and ingenuity demonstrated by our participants, and look forward to the next iteration of XdHacks Mini Vancouver!


Simrit Mangat

Executive Director, XdHacks Mini Vancouver