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2nd Annual VR Wellness Hackathon

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Price: $12.00 /per person
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2019 Hackathon Puts Focus On Mental Health + Wellness

2-day Technology-Driven Behavioral Design Summit Hackathon

NewPathVR is producing a VR Wellness Hackathon in January 2019 in San Francisco. NewPathVR is convening a group of interested developers for the 2-day Hackathon, with a real-world mission of “creating life-changing products in the health and wellness arena”. Participants will have a chance to collaborate on diverse teams with projects reviewed by industry leaders and entrepreneurs.

Organized Around the following themes:

* Research
* Foundations of behavioral design
* Applications
* Broader impact solutions
* Presentations

How It Works

We’ll create “dream teams” with people from various interest groups on one team. Each team will have a mix of people who will learn to work together throughout the 2-day period of the Hackathon. There will be a combination of focused talks and training from innovation leaders and experts, work sessions and final presentations of startups from each team. Industry experts will provide expertise to each team and help them rapidly develop their solution. Judges will pick a winning team based on the startup’s viability, feasibility and desirability.

Who’s Coming

All journalism and communications schools are invited to attend the Hackathon, as well as journalists, editors, technologists, entrepreneurs and others with an interest in networking, collaboration and innovation. We allow undergraduates, graduates and doctoral students to compete on teams. You may either purchase a "hacker" ticket to participate, or a "professional" ticket to network and observe.


Registration fees help cover the cost of food and drinks, as well as producing the Hackathon. Early Bird Registration costs $9 for hackers and $11 for professionals, and the deadline is January 5, 2019. Thereafter, regular registration costs $12 for hackers and $16 for professionals.


Awards will be given to winners. Each team, winner or not, will receive sponsor gifts.

Travel Info

Travel and housing costs are up to participants, but there are competitive rates at nearby hotels. SF is located within a 30 minutes drive of the San Francisco International Airport.


January 10th to January 11th, 2019

Plan to arrive Tuesday, January 8th, in the evening by 6 pm for our kick-off mixer at Azucar on 9th and Folsom, with an official start early Thursday morning and ending Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm with the announcement of the winners.



10:00 - 10:30 Breakfast/networking
10:30 - 11:00 Introductions
11:00 - 12:00 VR and A Guest Talk
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 4:00 Hacking


9:30 - 12:00 Hacking
12:00 - 1:00 Presentation Prep
1:00 - 3:00 Judging and Awards


1062 Folsom Street (next door to Extreme Pizza)
If no one is downstairs to let you in, please ring the white buzzer and someone will come and let you in.

Kick-Off Mixer!

For those arriving early enough on Tuesday the 8th, there will be a kick-off mixer from 6 pm to 8 pm at Azucar at Folsom and 9th Street. The networking event will be a great way for Hackathon participants to meet up and get to know each other.

Sponsored by NewPathVR
NewPathVR is the creator of personal development and emotional intelligence applications in virtual reality. We are leveraging the unique properties of VR to create powerful experiences that can have a positive impact on you after you return to the real world. The company uses research-based methods to create wellness applications for VR with the goal of evoking positive change through transformative technology. We also teach accredited courses in VR Psychology and power the world’s first VR wellness portal —