Patient Care Goes Digital - Hackathon

Hacking Health Berlin
Hacking Health Berlin
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Beware: All projects are on Sparkboard ( Final Participants got an eventbride link. Join us for the Demo at 15:30 on Sunday!

Hacking Health Berlin and ThoughtWorks are proud to present:

We are inviting physicians, psychologists, nurses, engineers, scientists, patients, entrepreneurs, designers & developers to team up for one weekend conceiving innovative ideas within healthcare. The goal is to gather 25 experts to work on different healthcare challenges and compete in a hackathon for long term project support. The focus for this hackathon will be: How can we improve patient care by using digital technologies?

How to get involved:

(pre-hackathon phase)

• Sign up on post your idea or pain point as a project, build your own team or join an existing team

• teams should consist of 5 participants with multidisciplinary backgrounds e.g. a medical doctor, developer, designer, entrepreneur and a scientist


• come to the venue

• meet your team

• enjoy good food and hack away

• At the end of the hackathon most promising projects will be selected by the jury and rewarded with an extensive training and support through a strong local network.

The core principle of a healthcare hackathon

The core principle of a healthcare hackathon is to bring diverse people together to rapidly validate clinical needs and develop solutions. Participants self-organize to interdisciplinary teams build out of clinicians, psychologists, developers, patients, nurses, scientists and entrepreneurs. The aim is to condense the innovation-timeline from months to hours, enabling rapid feedback and efficiency.

Medicine seems stuck in the past

Physicians use magnetic fields and pill-mounted cameras for imaging, robots to perform surgeries or lasers to fix the eye-vision. And yet, in so many other ways - paperwork or pagers - the field of medicine seems stuck in the past. Innovation in patient care requires experts from many different fields such as physicians, psychologists, developers, designers and entrepreneurs. However, at present these experts normally do not work closely together.

Hackathon as an interdisciplinary platform

Providing an interdisciplinary platform at the upcoming hackathon, every single discipline will profit from the information provided by the other experts as well as by the possibility to jointly create innovation in healthcare.

Why take part?


Through sparkboard you can join interdisciplinary teams working on innovative projects or you can build your own team and follow up your project even after the hackathon.

Mentoring at the hackathon

Experienced Mentors assist you at the weekend-hackathon in advancing your project and will provide you with helpful insights and ideas how to improve your idea.


The best 2 teams will be awarded with the following prizes:

· Ellery Studio Berlin, an exciting new design strategy agency in Berlin, will offer a full-day workshop.

· launchlabs Berlin, will offer a design thinking and lean startup workshop at their innovation loft in Berlin Kreuzberg for one day.

No entrance fee

Thanks to our partner ThoughtWorks, the hackathon will be for free for all participants. The venue including drinks and food will be ready for you.

For inspiration, team building or just to have some good drinks come and meet us at the open pre-hackathon evening ( next Monday Febr 6th.

Keynote Speaker:

Shari Langemak ( (MD, MBA, Medscape)

Shari Langemak is a physician, a journalist and a digital health strategist. Her talks and lectures are mainly concerned with the opportunities and challenges of an ongoing digitalization and medical innovation. Apart from her job and speaking activities, she advises several startups.

Shari works as Editorial Director of the German branch of the multi-language physician network Medscape. She graduated from Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) of Munich with a degree in medicine, gained practical experience in London and Shanghai, and finished her PhD at the LMU’s department of Psychiatry. Furthermore, she completed an MBA program at IE BusinessSchool in Madrid.

The Jury:

Jon Edvald ( (VP of Engineering at Clue)

Jon has several years of experience building data and analytics products, including as CTO and co-founder of a text-mining company. Some of his expertise includes natural language processing, data science, web development and infrastructure engineering. In 2016 he joined Clue, maker of the leading female health app used by millions of women around the world, as VP of Engineering to help grow the company and product even further.

Dmitri Katz ( (UX Researcher, Blogger DiabetesTechReview)

Dmitri's research focuses on ubiquitous computing technologies for supporting chronic disease management, with diabetes as a primary use-case. He is currently an industry consultant, (mature) PhD student in Human Computer Interaction at The Open University, and a Google 2016 Scholarship award winner.

Ehsan Khaljani ( (MD, FEBU, MBA, Serial-Founder)

As a medical doctor specialised in urology and with entrepreneurial background, Ehsan is engaged in the development of healthcare companies. Passionate about challenges, he wants to achieve a social impact with his actions.

Dodo Vögler ( (Creative Director at Ellery Studio)

As Ellery’s creative director, Dodo eats aesthetics for breakfast. Her style draws from the creative spirits of Brooklyn and Berlin, and her strategic mind is fuled by the HPI d-School and its design thinking method.

Alexandra Strekalova ( (ThoughtWorks Developer)

Alexandra Strekalova is a consultant developer at ThoughtWorks and has more than 5 years of experience as a software developer. She is co-organiser of the “Geek Girls Carrots Berlin” community for women in IT, which organizes meetups, workshops and “Hack like a girl!” hackathons. The last “Hack like a girl!” hackathon that she organised had “Health & Fitness” as a topic.

Disclaimer: For matters of restricted space we may not be able to accommodate everyone or every team signing up on the sparkboard. Should demand be overwhelming we will simply repeat the event. Final participants will be informed via sparkboard.