Avicenna: Health Hack

The aging population
15-16 February 2020 · Utrecht



For a third time, the Avicenna: Health Hack is organized in the Netherlands! Due to the successes of past years the Avicenna: Health Hack committee and MIT Hacking Medicine have joined forces again to ensure you of a first-class event. During the hackathon, hundred participants from different areas of expertise will design and create innovative solutions for health care-related challenges. By combining the expertise of students, patients, health professionals and IT-professionals, this hackathon will stimulate novel ideas that will generate impulses towards healthcare innovation.

Will you accept the challenge to take on innovation in healthcare? If so, we are happy to welcome you at the Avicenna: Health Hack on 15-16 February 2020!

HACKATHON – Despite the fact that a hackathon for ICT-professionals may be a familiar concept, it is still relatively new within the healthcare sector. In a nutshell, a hackathon is an interdisciplinary event where participants from different areas of expertise collaborate in teams to find innovative solutions to healthcare related challenges under expert supervision in the course of a full weekend. During the hackathon, participants aim to develop the best ideas for actual products or prototypes in order to make a big difference for patients as well as healthcare professionals around the globe. The event also offers the opportunity for extensive networking: connecting with people from other areas of expertise can drive surprising collaborations.

THEME – The theme of the third edition of our hackathon in 2020 will be ‘Aging’.
It is a broad and currently a very discussed theme. We purposely chose for a broad theme like “aging” to stimulate you to come up with cases and challenges you have experienced on the work floor or in other situations.

PARTICIPANTS – Every healthcare fanatic is welcome to participate in the hackathon, whether you are an IT-professional, health professional, student, policy maker, entrepreneur, consultant, patient or designer. The price to participate for students is €25 and for professionals €50. The price is for the whole event, which includes drinks, snacks, 2x lunch and 1x dinner

LOCATION – The hackathon will take place in the building of the ‘Hoge school Utrecht’, Padualaan 99, The Netherlands.

PRIZES – At the end of the event, the jury will award prizes to the best teams that will have the chance to further develop their prototype under guidance of experts and can bring their product to the market.

PARTNERS & VOLUNTEERS – We are always looking for partnerships and individuals that would like to help organize this event. Interested? Please contact us through the contact-form at the bottom of our webpage.

We see you there!

Experts 2019

Erik Gerritsen
Keynote Speaker
Secretary-General Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport
Guido Geerts
Founder and Owner - Delft Imaging Systems & CEO - Thirona
Claudia Rijcken
Founder and Owner -
Janneke Bootsma
Management Consultant Information Management - Berenschot
Floris van Dam
Traineeship - Berenschot
Dik Hermans
Director VitaValley & Board Member - AGIS Healthcare Innovation Fund
Anton Franken
Board member - University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
Roland Geraerts
Assistant professor Crowd Simulation & Founder uCrowds B.V.
Ellen Konstapel
Manager Business Solutions - UMC Utrecht
Mark de Lange
CEO - Vital Innovators
Adri Kraa
Associate Partner - Vital Innovators
Koen Helwegen
Machine Learning Scientist - Plumerai
Mariëlle Bartholomeus
Neurologist & Medical Director - Bernhoven hospital
Ginny Sun
Researcher - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Justin Yu
Researcher - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kriti Sarasa Subramanyam
Researcher - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Corné Mulder
Chief information officer (CIO) - UMC Utrecht
Hyleco Nauta
Director eHealth Innovation - UMC Utrecht
Laura Mrabet
Business Development Life Sciences - Utrecht Science Park

Day one

Past program day 1 (2019)
08:00 Registration (& Coffee)
08:30 Opening
09:00 Speaker - Erik Gerritsen & Guido Geerts
10:00 Case pitching
11:00 Team formation
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Hack it!
17:15 Workshop 1: Social return on investment (Vital Innovators)
17:15 Workshop 2: Learning how to pitch (Berenschot)
18:00 Dinner
19:00 Special events
19:00 Hack it!
22:00 Rounding off day 1

Day two

Past program day 1 (2019)
08:00 Welcome back (& Coffee)
08:40 Speaker - Claudia Rijcken
09:15 Hack it!
12:30 Lunch
13:15 Hack it!
15:15 Pitch presentations
17:15 Announcement winners
17:30 Drinks!

Gold partners 2019

Silver partners 2019

Bronze partners 2019


We are 7 ambitious students from different universities who came together to contribute to the improvement of health care. During our studies we realized that, within the medical field, there are numerous problems that need a technical solution. Unfortunately, IT normally is like a black box for healthcare professionals. Hospitals on the other hand are a complex and difficult world to enter for non-clinical professionals. During the hackathon we aim to build bridges between both groups to come up with innovations where patients benefit from. We hope that the hackathon enables our participants to forge new connections and collaborations that will last for a long time.

We hope to see you on our hackathon!

Board members:

From left to right,
Sander de Wijs, VU amsterdam, Policy-analyses & entrepreneurship in the health and life sciences (Treasurer)
Sofie Cuijpers, VU Amsterdam, Policy-analyses & entrepreneurship in the health and life sciences (Acquisition)
Charlottte Smits, VU Amsterdam, Policy-analyses & entrepreneurship in the health and life sciences (President)
Maarten Korving, VU Amsterdam, Management, Policy-analyses & entrepreneurship in the health and life sciences (Acquisition)
Marjet Klein Avink (MSC), Utrecht University, Drug Innovation (Secretary)
Nikkie Hosseinnia, Utrecht University, Pharmacy (Promotion)
Simone Dam, Utrecht University, Pharmacy (Logistics)

Our Mission? Hack healthcare. Break it down, build it up, make it better.

With this vision, MIT Hacking Medicine – established within the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston – has organized numerous healthcare hackathons worldwide. This non-profit organisation unites innovative data, ideas and techniques within a hackathon to create a pressure cooker environment for health care innovation. In the past, this has resulted in highly successful ideas, like an app that guides a doctor in the process of making an ultrasound to optimize the position of the transducer. By organizing hackathon with over 500 participants, the members of MIT Hacking Medicine are perfect candidates to guide our participants through the process of innovation.



Am I a suitable candidate to participate in the Avicenna Hackathon?

Yes! We think it is very important that the participating teams are as diverse as possible, so we stimulate everyone to sign up. To name a few, we welcome ICT and business professionals, but also doctors, patients, scientists, students, and those with creative mindsets. Even the know-how of programming for example is not required!

Do I need to pay a fee in order to participate?

To be able to meet the expenses for this event, we ask all participants to contribute by buying a ticket; 50euros for professionals and 25euros (50% discount) for students. You will be further notified about this soon after you’ve signed up.

I do not have a specific case in mind to tackle, is that a problem?

No, that is not a problem. Not all participants have to bring in a case and subsequently hack this during the event, as it is possible to join another team.

Is it required to participate the entire weekend?

Yes, you will have to attend during the course of the whole weekend, as it is already a relatively short period of time to work on a case.

Is it possible to sign up together with other people?

Yes! Although prior experience has shown that newly formed teams come up with more innovative ideas, it is possible to sign up in pairs or groups. Please inform the organization about this.

Will meals be catered?

Yes! All meals (2x lunch, 1x dinner) and snacks will be taken care off. If you have specific dietary needs, please inform the organization about this in well in advance.

In what ways can I contribute to the Avicenna Hackathon?

You are able to contribute in multiple ways during the event. You can be one of our participants, but you could also be a volunteer, partner, speaker, or team coach for example. Interested? Please contact us.