Avicenna: Health Hack

The ageing population
15-16 February 2020 · Utrecht

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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 ‘Ageing’.
It is a broad and currently a very discussed theme. We purposely chose for a broad theme like “ageing” 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.
Disclaimer: I understand that I am holding a spot so reservations for this event are nonrefundable. If I am unable to attend I understand that I can transfer to a friend. If this is the case, I will notify the board through an email.

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.
– 1st prize: Consultancy by FFUND worth €2500.
– 2nd prize: Consultancy by Vital Innovators worth €1500.
– 3rd prize: Consultancy by House Of Innovation worth €1000.

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!


Tommie Niessen
Geriatric Nurse, Motivational Speaker and Writer
Hans de Jong
President - Philips Nederland
Daryl Autar
Co-Founder & CEO - Wavy Assistant
Ine van Hest
Member of Board - Agis Innovation Fund Health Insurers
Ton de Boer
Professor Pharmacotherapy & President - CBG
Geert Lefeber
Geriatric Doctor - UMCU
Judith Smit
Managing Partner - FFUND
Janneke Bootsma
Consultant Health Care & ICT - Berenschot
Lisa Fransen
Junior Consultant Health Care - Berenschot
Bas Peeters
Senior Consultant Health Care - Berenschot
Mark de Lange
Coach & Workshop
CEO - Vital Innovators
Adri Kraa
Coach & Workshop
Partner - Vital Innovators
Angel Huang
Researcher - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Julia Situ
Researcher - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Yara Komaiha
Researcher - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jacob Alkema
Director - Protospace
Stefan Braam
Startup Incubator Lead - UtrechtInc
Laura Mrabet
Business Development Life Sciences - Utrecht Science Park

Day one

Program day 1
08:00 Registration (& Coffee)
08:30 Opening
09:00 Speaker - Tommie Niessen
09:30 Case pitching
10:30 Team formation
11:45 Lunch
12:40 Speaker - Hans de Jong
13:15 Hack it!
17:15 Workshop 1: Social return on investment (Vital Innovators)
17:15 Workshop 2: From prototype to product (UtrechtInc)
18:00 Dinner
19:00 Special event
19:00 Hack it!
21:45 Rounding off day 1

Day two

Program day 2
08:00 Welcome back (& Coffee)
08:30 Opening
08:40 Hack it!
11:45 Speaker - Daryl Autar
12:30 Lunch
13:15 Hack it!
15:00 Pitch presentations
17:00 Drinks!
17:15 Announcement winners

Gold partners

Silver partners

Bronze partners


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,
Simone Dam, Utrecht University, Pharmacy (Logistics)
Nikkie Hosseinnia, Utrecht University, Pharmacy (Promotion)
Maarten Korving, VU Amsterdam, MPA (Acquisition)
Sander de Wijs, VU Amsterdam, MPA (Treasurer)
Charlotte Smits, VU Amsterdam, MPA (President)
Sofie Cuijpers, VU Amsterdam, MPA (Acquisition)
Marjet Klein Avink (MSC), Utrecht University, Drug Innovation (Secretary)

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: Health Hack?

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 of. If you have specific dietary needs, please inform the organization about this well in advance.

In what ways can I contribute to the Avicenna: Health Hack?

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.