Virtual and
Augmented Reality

Hack EMD

when?  April 21–23, 2017

where?  Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701, United States

Hack EMD is the first-of-its-kind hackathon to get you thinking about how Virtual and Augmented Reality will impact enterprise organizations. How can AR and VR solve business challenges that every large organization faces? From product education to customer support, team communication to collaborative R&D, how can you use AR/VR to improve the way large organizations do business? Join experts, developers, and creatives alike to compete for over $10,000 worth of prizes!

Who can Join?

  1. Startups: Early-stage startups, interested in one of the themes above
  2. Individuals: Do you have a great idea linked to VR, lifesciences, or marketing? Are you a strong developer? An innovative designer? Do you know your way around a lab?
  3. Teams: Join with others around a project you want to develop

Challenge Areas

  1. Create an AR tool which will enable the future of hands-free laboratories. Can you create an AR tool which helps scientists organize materials, conduct an experiment, or document results?
  2. Develop a solution for AR/VR collaboration in an R&D setting: E.g. visualization/interaction of biomolecules from the Protein Data Bank, lab data visualization, report and presentation. Watch this for an idea
  3. Create an AR or VR customer support system for remotely troubleshooting physical equipment or machinery
  4. Improve this Unity environment of a life sciences laboratory to make a more effective VR training experience: voice commands, chatbots, artificial intelligence, etc. (Unity project available to participants at the 4/12 happy hour)
  5. Think you know how to revolutionize an enterprise challenge? Show us your AR/VR solution!

Hackathon Schedule

6:30 PM

Welcome from EMD Serono Team

7:30 PM

Pizza & Pints – Team Formation and Open Hacking

9:30 PM

End of Day 1

9:00 AM

Breakfast, Hacking Continues!

12:30 PM


5:00 PM


9:30 PM

End of Day 2

9:00 AM


10:00 AM

Demos and Judging (science fair style)

12:30 PM


1:00 PM

Winners Annouced

Technical Sponsors