Vesalius Trust-a-thon, A Virtual  Challenge and Fundraiser

September 18 – October 1, 2022

website banner

About the Vesalius Trust-a-thon Challenge and Fundraiser

The mission of the Vesalius Trust-a-thon is to encourage individuals to connect and create together while raising funds to support student research in the medical and scientific communication field.

Like a hackathon, our teams have about two weeks to develop a scientific or medical communication piece based on a secret theme. Teams will earn points based on funds raised, as well as likes and votes collected.

100% of funds donated will go towards the Alan W. Cole Memorial fund which provides student scholarships.

Vote for your favorite Trust-a-thon Team

Show your team some love by voting below! For every vote a team collects, they receive 5 points. Voting will end on Saturday, Oct 1 @ 11:59 PM.

Meet Our Teams

Check out the team pages to learn more about each team, their final submission, and process work!

Team 6-cess

Xinyi Li, Linda Ding, Viola Yu, Jessica Feng, Livia Nguyen, Amy Zhu

Learn more about their final submission, “Floresta,” an interactive visual narrative designed to inspire users to develop better sleeping habits through an educational and fun approach.

6cess promo 2

Team Big Maquette Connoisseurs

Joshua Koentjoro, Amy Jiao, Avila Sanchez, Emily Tjan, Stephen Nachtsheim, Vanessa Ngyuyen

Learn more about their final submission, “Gerbil Power,” a card game where players of all ages collect energy resources to build and innovate energy technologies.

Big Maquette Connoisseurs promo 1

Team Spicy Salamanders

Ashlyn Fieldhouse, Anais Lupu, Lilith Lawrence, Neramy Ganesan

Learn more about their final submission, “A Greener Way to Travel,” an animated timeline where their protagonist, Phil the Spicy Salamander, introduces important advances in automobile fuel technology.

Spicy Salamanders promo 2

Team BVIS Inc.

Eliza Stierle, Caroline Chatfield, April Damon, Amy Hoang, Sara Lung, Aven Jones, Susie Hammons, Eyzel Torres, SoYoung Kwon, Odelia Cheng, Dalena Huynh, Riley Cutler, Katherine Tran, Sydney Sieh-Takata, Lauren Muskara, Hannah Koffman, Shanling Lei, Khorizon Dunn, Leah Balsan, Nina Eckstein, Laurel Moore, Luca Brunozzi, Sam Bond, Elissa Schaffner, Alexandra McDonough, Delilah Pryzbyla, Sofia García Martínez

Learn more about their final submission, “The Night Shift,” a game where you’ll be helping Patch, handyman extraordinaire, as he assists some of the other body systems on the Night Shift.

BVIS Inc. promo 2

Team finalfinaldraftv4.ai

Michie Wu, Tina Wang, Shay Saharan, Aimy Wang, Mimi Guo, Viktoriya Khymych, Amy Assabgui, Jeff Day, Kelly Lim, Kai-ou Tang, Amy Zhang

Learn more about their final submission, “Positive Energy Island,” a poster of the island inhabited by energies that power the mind, body, and world around us.

finalfinaldraftv4ai promo 1

Team Blood, Sweat, & Tears

Shubhreet Johal, Naomi Wee, Juno Shemano

Learn more about their final submission, “Bugs: The Future of Protein,” a manga comic about alternative protein sources.

Blood Sweat & Tears mockup

Team Battle AXS

Jason Sharpe, Joyce Hui, Chelsea Canlas, Matthew Ostil, David Tran, Ruth Chang, Eddy Xuan, Stephanie Marquez, Lucas Lin

Learn more about their final submission, “CRUNCH TIME,” a game about a team in a crunch to finish a game—and how to fuel them.

Battle AXS promo 1

Team Point Totals

Last updated: Oct 1, 2022, 16:14 EST

Teams Funds raised
(1$ = 1 pt)
Likes
(from Sep 25 – Oct 1)
(1 like = 10 pts)
Votes
(from Sep 28 – Oct 1)
(1 vote = 5 pts)
POINT TOTAL
Team 6-cess 670 242 102 3600
Team Big Maquette Connoisseurs 795 155 174 3215
Team Spicy Salamanders 400 41 9 855
Team BVIS Inc. 1380 359 272 6330
Team finalfinaldraftv4.ai 785 75 52 1795
Team Blood, Sweat, & Tears 350 40 14 820
Team Battle AXS 1104 107 621 5279

Total funds raised: $5484 USD

Trust-a-thon Guidelines

For the full list of challenge guidelines, click here.

For questions and inquiries, email canlas@vesaliustrust.org with the subject line: Trust-a-thon.

Important Dates

September 17
Deadline to register teams; secret theme announcement

September 18
Trust-a-thon week begins! Fundraising pages are live

September 25 – October 1
Team posts that will collect likes for points will be posted on VT social media channels

September 28 – October 1
Voting links are live

September 30
Deadline to submit final pieces (11:59 PM PST)

October 1
Team submissions are showcased online; voting ends at midnight

October 2
Winners announcement

Secret Theme

The secret theme is… NEW ENERGY.

Final pieces must include medical or scientific content to be eligible for the prizes. Kindly keep the content appropriate for general audiences – let’s keep it kid-friendly!

Challenge Details

The Trust-a-thon will run from Sunday, September 18, to Saturday, October 1.

What is a Trust-a-thon?
A Trust-a-thon is similar to a hackathon where people come together and create a theme-specific product or piece in a short period of time.

Our teams have about two weeks to create a scientific or medical-themed communication piece. The piece must be based on a secret theme, and completed in two weeks time – but it’s ultimately up to the team to decide how much time they want to spend on this.  

Although our goal is to raise funds for scholarships and awards, the Trust-a-thon is also a wonderful opportunity to make something fun, try out new techniques and skills, and connect with other creative individuals virtually! This year, we’re setting up a Discord channel so our teams can hang out and connect with each other.

 

The Challenge

Teams will create a communication piece inspired by the theme, “NEW ENERGY.” The finished piece can take the form of a:

  • 2D or 3D illustration
  • Comic
  • 3D model
  • Short 2D or 3D animation
  • Interactive prototype (web, AR/VR/XR)
  • Donor appreciation gifts (e.g. digital poster or wallpaper, stickers, limited-edition 3D prints, etc.)

All teams will have from Sunday, September 18 to Friday, September 30 @ 11:59 PM PST to work on their communication piece and submit their final artwork. 

 

Team Scoring

The team with the most points will be the Winner of the Trust-a-thon Team Challenge, while the team with the most votes will be awarded the People’s Choice.

1$ raised = 1 point
Raise funds to support student research. Each team will be provided a GoFundMe
page to share

1 vote = 5 points
Collect votes from September 28 to October 1. Each team will be provided a voting link
to share

1 like = 10 points
Collect likes from Sep 25-Oct 1. There will be a designated post per team on VT social media channels

 

Prizes

Thanks to the generous support of the AMI, this year’s prizes are:

Winning Team
A bumper video at AMI 2023 featuring the team’s final piece

People’s Choice
A salon entry at AMI 2023 featuring the team’s final piece

Final pieces must be scientific or medical-themed to be eligible for the prizes.