Competition Overview

Present your challenge

Brain and mental health challenges are invited from researchers, healthcare practitioners, industry, and community members to inspire projects for the competition. 


Form a team

On Pitch Day (October 17th), challenges will be presented by healthcare professionals to the cohort of over 200 multidisciplinary innovators. Innovators select the project that resonates with them and form teams with like-interested individuals from their own cities.

Design a solution

You and your team will get 6 weeks to formulate an approach to the problem and come up with a technical design and rough business plan. You will gain access to expert-instructed workshops as well as practical and timely mentorship from our massive network.

Are you an experienced member of the innovation community? 


Bring it to life

The program leads up to the Health Hack Week (November 23-29).
Taking place this year in a hybrid-virtual format, teams will gain access to prototyping equipment rental, scheduled makerspace access, and real-time mentorship.

Showcase your innovation

At Demo Day, teams will showcase their solutions to a panel of judges as well as the community. The most promising solutions will be presented with awards! Be sure to check out our sponsors, without whom none of this would be possible.



The health, safety, and wellbeing of our participants are our first concern. As such, NN2020 will be taking place this Fall in a "hybrid-virtual" format. All events (including most workshops) will be held online, and during the 6-week program teams will work together and get mentor guidance on our Slack channel. If appropriate, teams may also take advantage of prototyping equipment rentals that we will coordinate during the 6 week design phase. During the Health Hack Week, we are working with local makerspaces to develop safety plans to further support prototyping efforts of individuals working on critical components of hardware projects.