Information about this year’s hackathon
For a fifth 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 healthcare related challenges. By combining the expertise of students, patients, health professionals and sustainability professionals, this hackathon will be a stepping stone for healthcare innovation.
This year’s hackathon will take place April 2nd and 3rd 2022. Information about registration will follow soon!
HACKATHON – 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.
SUSTAINABILITY – Sustainability can be defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The concept of sustainability is composed of three pillars: economic, environmental, and social—also known informally as profits, planet, and people. Increasingly, companies are making public commitments to sustainability through actions like reducing waste, investing in renewable energy, and supporting organizations that work toward a more sustainable future.
THEME – This year’s theme, sustainability in healthcare, includes the different aspects of the definition of ‘sustainable’. The current healthcare system is facing various challenges including rising healthcare costs, increasing pressure on healthcare systems and shortages of healthcare providers. Due to these challenges, the current healthcare system must be adapted to be able to become future proof. On the other hand, it is important to consider the sustainability of the healthcare system with regard to its use of resources and waste management. At this moment, the healthcare system adds to the pressure on the environment by extensive use of energy and raw materials. The various ways in which the present healthcare system is unsustainable, call for change of the current system. But how can this be obtained, what should be done, by who and who is responsible? The complexity of these challenges call for transdisciplinary collaboration. Therefore, this broad theme, and the various cases and challenges it includes, requires you and your input as a participant, to hack these issues to arrive at appropriate and sustainable solutions.
PARTICIPANTS – Every healthcare fanatic is welcome to participate in the hackathon, whether you are an (health) professional, student, policy maker, entrepreneur, consultant, patient or designer. The price to participate for students and professionals will be announced later.
LOCATION –The hackathon will take place in the middle of the Netherlands: Utrecht. It will be a high-quality event with inspiring speakers, educational workshops, and a hackathon on relevant and present-day healthcare cases!
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.This year’s prices will be announced later on, but here’s an indication for last year’s prices.
– 1st prize: Consultancy by House Of Innovation worth €1000.
– 2nd prize: Innovation development workshop by Berenschot consultancy.
– 3rd prize: Participation in SHC-Traject: professional coaching and exclusive training sessions to further develop your innovation by the Sustainable Healthcare Challenge.
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 April 2nd and 3rd!