Avicenna Health Hack 2022

Sustainability in Healthcare: combine forces to make healthcare future-proof!

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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!


Korstiaan van Wyngaarden
Speaker session
Innovation Liaison - Philips
Beloe Schermerhorn
Applied psychologist and Manager WeCareAcademy
Niki Achterkamp
Physician and Manager at TalentCare
Ton de Boer
Professor Pharmacotherapy & President - CBG
Laura Mrabet
Business Developer Utrecht Science Park InnovationLab
Frank Smeets
Judge & Coach
Founder House of Innovation
Monique Tabak
Associate professor - University of Twente
Dick Herfst
Member of Board - Agis Innovation Fund Health Insurers
Janneke Bootsma
Consultant Health Care - Berenschot
Lisa Fransen
Consultant Health Care - Berenschot
Abel Brussaard
Consultant Health Care - Berenschot
Annelijn Goedhart
Advisor & Coordinator Innovation - Saltro
Esther Landzaat - van der Bijl
Echografiste - Saltro
Dania Daye
Coach & Workshop
MD, PhD, MIT Hacking Medicine Team
Kayla Suarez
Coach & Workshop
BS Student, MIT Hacking Medicine Team.
Sydney Sherman
Coach & Workshop
PhD student, MIT Hacking Medicine Team


Saturday, April 24 (last year)
09:00 Opening
09:30 Speaker session by Korstiaan van Wyngaarden
Philips Innovation Liaison
10:00 HACK IT!
12:30 Lunch break
13:00 Workshop by TalentCare
13:45 HACK IT!
15.30 Pitch workshop by MIT Hacking Medicine
16.00 HACK IT!
Preparations for pitches - guidance by MIT
17:00 PITCH IT!
18:00 Drinks and connect!
18:30 Announcement winners
19:00 End of the hackathon

Gold partners

Silver partners

Bronze partners


We are six 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 complex problems that need different perspectives to find a solution. 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,
Leontine Lensvelt, VU Amsterdam, Management, Policy analysis and Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Sciences (Acquisition)
Sascha Borst, VU Amsterdam, Science, Business and Innovation (Secretary)
Shirley Xie, Utrecht University, Pharmacy (Chair)
Agaath van Mourik, Utrecht University, Pharmacy (Treasurer)
Anna Stohr, Utrecht University, Pharmacy (Promotion)
Menke Winckers, Utrecht University, Pharmacy (Acquisition)


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. If you live outside the Netherlands, it is unfortunately not possible to deliver catering. Please send us an email if this is your situation, we will give you a discount on the ticket.

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