MIT HACKING MEDICINE IS SETTING FOOT IN THE NETHERLANDS FOR THE FIRST TIME! GRAB THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS UNIQUE EVENT!
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!