Calling All Developers!

We need your help in building a feedback app for the young patients of COSMIC, the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) of St. Mary’s Hospital in London. The desired app will help COSMIC capture important information from children and their families after their stay. All children admitted onto the Unit are critically ill and need life support. St. Mary’s PICU is the only unit of its kind in West London.

Unfortunately, existing feedback systems are not engaging enough for children and are very expensive. Meanwhile, those children who are admitted are often very ill, so requesting feedback during their stay isn't always appropriate and it’s very difficult to get children and families to give feedback afterdischarge from the hospital. Yet, insight from these very special patients will enable COSMIC to shape future services and help provide the best possible care.

Saturday 31 May 2014, Zendesk, a longtime supporter of COSMIC, is sponsoring a very exciting hackathon to build an app that can gather this critical feedback. Over the course of a day, you'll build an innovative app/game that compels patients to provide feedback that's simple and engaging. Your projects will be judged by our esteemed panel and the top three projects will be handsomely rewarded.

As developers, it's so easy to get buried in feature work and deliverables that we forget about our incredible ability to help people in a huge way, with just a few lines of code and a little bit of effort. We hope to pack the room with amazing and talented devs who can deliver a solution that's been on this charity's wish list for a very long time. Please join us for a great cause!


All are encouraged to participate

Teams can be comprised of 4 individuals (single attendees can be put into teams on the morning of the event at the venue)

If you are participating remotely, you need to notify the event administrators directly by 23:59PM GMT 5/30/2014 to be considered eligible for judging.


All final submissions must include the following to be considered eligible for judging and prizes:

  • Short demo video(screencast, gif, etc) showcasing how you solved the problem with your solution
  • Link to your code repository(Github, Bitbucket, etc...)
  • Short paragraph stating who you are, what you decided to build, and why you think your solution is the best approach to the problem

Hackathon Sponsors


First Place

All members of the first place team will receive 32GB iPad Minis.

Second Place

All members of the second place team will receive Beats by Dre Tour 2.0 headphones.

Third Place

All members of the third place team will receive Amazon gift cards with £75 in value.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Register to attend here


Matt Price

Matt Price
GM EMEA, Zendesk

DeVaris Brown

DeVaris Brown

Adil Abrar

Adil Abrar
CEO Mastered

Victoria Rees

Victoria Rees

Judging Criteria

  • Ease of Use
    Is this submission easy to use by the children and staff? Is it intuitive enough for someone to pick up and immediately be productive?
  • Design
    How beautiful is the submission? Does the design attract and encourage use? Is it visually engaging?
  • Innovative
    How unique is this solution? Did it solve the problem in a way that others didn't even think about?
  • Completeness
    Is the solution ready to be used in the hospital today? Is the project finished?

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