questions & answers

Do you like challenges? Would you like to have a better understanding of some of the projects that Merck employees work on? Are you interested in spending a day with other students and Merck employees, collaboratively “hacking” solutions to interesting real-world problems? Then the Hackathon is for you!

Students are presented with real-world challenges of current interest to Merck from across our different businesses. Each challenge will be briefly presented by a different employee. Participants then select which challenge they would like to work on. Teams will be formed and the hacking will begin. Merck mentors will be available to help assist students, provide guidance, and answer any questions the participants might have.

At the conclusion of the 24-hour “hacking” period, students will prepare a brief presentation and introduce their solution to the audience. A panel of judges from both Merck and academia will select the winning teams.

Throughout the event you will have numerous opportunities to engage with employees representing various parts of the Merck organization, not only from within Merck Israel, but from around the world.

The hackathon is open to any student registered at a college, university or educational research institute, as well as curious professionals who work in related fields. Application is open to participants at the undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral level.

No! A successful hackathon team requires a variety of skills: programmers, designers, engineers, business people, idea people… basically anyone full of enthusiasm and energy who is able to think out of the box with creativity to solve problems. You do not need technical knowledge to participate and you are not expected to come to the hackathon with prepared ideas.

No. Participation is free!

Fill out and send the registration form on our website: https://hackathon.merckgroup.com.

Invitations will be sent out soon after, selection is based on assembling a diverse representation of skills, academic institutions, etc. Priority will be given based on date of pre-registration, so submit your registration soon.

That’s fine! Just please be aware that we will go through a matchmaking session on the first day of the event, so you should be open to taking on potential new members.

No worries. Teams will be formed in a matchmaking session on the first day of the event.

Be patient. We have prepared exciting challenges, but you need to wait a little longer to hear them. The challenges will be presented at the beginning of the event, so that everyone can work under the same conditions. Fair and square.

Yes. There will be a designated resting area. We will provide mats, you only need to bring your sleeping bag.

The jury will consist of Merck employees and professors from our partner universities.

The judges will be looking at how unique and interesting your idea is, how close it is to being a product, how creative your solution is and how convincing your pitch presentation is.

Yes, there will. You can bring an internet stick as backup if you want though.

Yes. Any language you feel comfortable with is fine for us. However, you should only use licensed copies of software. In developing your solution, you should not use content that is copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third-party intellectual property rights or other proprietary rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permission from their rightful owner to use the content and to grant Merck similar rights. We recommend using only third-party works that are licensed through an open-source (for software), open-hardware (for electronics) or creative commons license (for all other works).

Please bring your laptop and a sleeping bag, if you want to get some rest.

We will provide wireless internet connection, Raspberry Pi’s and plenty of pens, paper, markers and flip charts. If you need anything else, let us know and we’ll try to make it happen!

All projects will be under the Open Source BSD License.

There will be exciting, valuable prizes to the winning teams.