Avicenna Hackathon

MIT Hacking Medicine · Digital medicine
17-18 February 2018 · Utrecht



For the first time ever, the Avicenna Hackathon is being organized in the Netherlands! The Avicenna Hackathon committee and MIT Hacking Medicine have joined forces to ensure you of a first-class event. During this hackathon, hundred participants from different areas of expertise will design and create innovative solutions for healthcare-related challenges. By putting students, patients, doctors and IT-professionals that each have different areas of expertise and views next to each other, this hackathon will stimulate the novel ideas that will generate an impulse towards the innovation in healthcare.

Will you accept the challenge to take on innovation in healthcare? If so, we’re happy to see you at the Avicenna Hackathon on the 17th and 18th of February! You can apply at the bottom of our webpage!

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 endeavor on challenges under expert supervision in the course of a full weekend. At the end of this weekend a winning group will be carefully selected by an expert jury committee. The goal of the hackathon is to develop the best ideas into an actual product or prototype that can subsequently make a big difference for patients as well as healthcare professionals around the globe. Moreover, the event offers the opportunity for extensive networking: connecting with people from beyond your own specialty can drive surprising collaborations.

THEME – The theme of the hackathon for the year 2018 is “Digital Medicine.” It is a broad theme in which you can think of apps that for example help you take your medicine in time or “wearables” such as devices that measure the amount of glucose in your blood and advise you on when and how much insulin to inject. We purposely chose for a broad theme like “Digital Medicine” to stimulate you to come up with cases and challenges you’ve experienced on the work floor or in other situations.

PARTICIPANTS – Every healthcare fanatic is welcome to participate in the hackathon! You can think of ICT-professionals, doctors, students, policy makers, entrepreneurs, nurses, consultants, patients and designers.

LOCATION – The hackathon will take place in the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, where members will also have access to Protospace, an innovation lab where the participants have the availability over e.g. 3D printers and laser cutters. The venue is located at Padualaan 99 – Utrecht.

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. The first price consists of a series of consulting sessions with two senior consultants of Berenschot worth €3000,-, the second price worth €750,- is offered by UtrechtInc and the third price worth €300,- by U CREATE.

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 hope to see you there!


Day one

Saturday 17 February
08:00 Registration (& Coffee)
8:30 Opening & Hack 101
Pitch Hetty Linden (Agis Innovatiefonds)
09:00 Speaker - Prof. Dr. Edward Nieuwenhuis (WKZ)
09:30 Speaker - Vicki Seyfert Margolis (My Own Med)
10:15 Problem Pitches
11:00 Team formation
11:45 Workshop Design Thinking - Anna Klapwijk
12:15 Get Together (& Lunch)
13:00 Hack it!
17:00 Virtual Reality Workshop - VR House
18:00 Dinner
19:00 Hack it!
22:00 Rounding off day 1

Day two

Sunday 18 February
8:00 Welcome back (& Coffee)
8:30 Opening - Berenschot Energizer
9:15 Hack it!
11:30 Workshop VBHC - Mark de Lange (Vital Innovators)
12:30 Lunch
13:15 Hack it! + Pitch Workshop
15:00 Prototype pitches
17:00 Judges retreat
17:30 Award ceremony
17:45 Drinks

Gold partners

Silver partners

Bronze partners


We are 11 ambitious medicine, pharmacy and business master students of Utrecht University who are motivated to contribute to the improvement of patient 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 and the 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: Corine (President), Ruby (Secretary), Emma (Treasury), Jari (Acquisition), Eva (Acquisition), Arthur (Program & Logistics) and Isabel (Program & Logistics)

Committee members: Lieve, Bram, Joep and Remco

MIT Hacking Medicine

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.

Registration & contact

By signing this mandate form, you authorise UMC Utrecht to send a single collection instruction to your bank to debit your account for the admission fee worth 25 euro for students and 50 euro for ther participants and you authorise your bank to debit your account once in accordance with the instructions from UMC Utrecht.

As part of your rights, you are entitled to a refund from your bank under the terms and conditions of your agreement with your bank. A refund must be claimed within 8 weeks starting from the date on which your account was debited. Ask your bank for the conditions.


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.