Avicenna: Health Hack

Hybrid Healthcare: balancing between offline and online
24th of April 2021

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For a fourth time, the Avicenna: Health Hack is organised 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, 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 be a stepping stone for healthcare innovation.

This years hackathon will take place on 24th of April 2021. Ticket sale will start soon, make sure you won’t miss out and stay tuned for the latest updates!

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. 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: interdisciplinary connection can drive surprising collaborations.

THEME – This year’s theme is ‘Hybrid Healthcare’, a very hot topic, now more than ever! During this event, we will ought to find the balance between offline and online healthcare. We purposely chose for a broad theme 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 €17,50 and for professionals €25. The price is for the whole day, which includes lunch, drinks and snacks.

LOCATION – Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are forced to organise this year’s hackathon online. Nonetheless, we guarantee a high-quality event with inspiring speakers, educational workshops, and a hackathon on relevant and present-day healthcare cases! The catering will be delivered at your doorstep to ensure tasty breaks and a festive finish.

PRIZES – At the end of the event, the jury will award prizes to the best teams. These teams will be granted the chance to further develop their prototype under guidance of experts and bring their product to the market.
– 1st prize (2020): Consultancy by FFUND worth €2500.
– 2nd prize (2020): Consultancy by Vital Innovators worth €1500.
– 3rd prize (2020): Consultancy by House Of Innovation worth €1000.

PARTNERS & VOLUNTEERS – We are always looking for partnerships and individuals that would like to help organise this event. Interested? Please contact us!

We hope to see you on the 24th of April!

Experts (2020)

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


Saturday, April 24
09:00 Opening
09:30 Speaker
10:00 HACK IT!
12:30 Lunch break
13:00 Workshop
13:30 HACK IT!
15.30 Pitch workshop
16.00 Preparations for pitches
17:00 PITCH IT!
18:00 Drinks!
18:30 Announcement winners
19:00 End of the hackathon

Gold partners

Silver partners

Bronze partners


We are seven ambitious students from different universities who came together to contribute to the improvement of healthcare. During our studies we realised 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 during our hackathon!

Board members:

From left to right,
Eva Aalbregt, University of Twente, Technical Medicine (Secretary)
Michiel Zietse, Utrecht University, Pharmacy (Acquisition)
Gigi Dekker, University of Applied Sciences, Nursing (Acquisition)
Elin Biel, University of Twente, Technical Medicine (President)
Talitha Dijs, Utrecht University, Pharmacy (Logistics)
Fleur ter Ellen, VU Amsterdam, MPA (Promotion)
Femke Messing, Utrecht University, Pharmacy (Treasurer)


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 organised numerous healthcare hackathons worldwide. This non-profit organisation unites innovative data, ideas and techniques within a hackathon to create a pressure cooker environment for healthcare innovation. In the past, this has resulted in 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 a 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; 25 euros for professionals and 17,50 euros (30% 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 Saturday?

Yes, you will have to attend the whole day, 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! Lunch, snacks and drinks 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.

What are the terms and conditions when buying a ticket for the hackathon?

See our terms and conditions (NL) Link