Hacking Health Hackathon powered by Berlin Health Innovations (BHI)


1-3 December 2017

Location: Charité Berlin

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Project Objectives

We invite healthcare professionals, scientists, patients, entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, developers, and others interested to team up for a weekend and propel innovation in healthcare. Our goal is to gather 100 experts to work on different healthcare challenges and compete in a hackathon for prizes and a place in our mentoring program. Our vision is to make Hacking Health the largest community for digital healthcare innovation worldwide and tackle the most entrenched problems in healthcare together.

How can I participate?

If you have an idea you wish to contribute, or would like to join a team for the event, please apply now; there are only 100 spots.  All current submissions are placed on a wait list. Thank you for your patience.

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Our challenges focus on bringing innovative digital technology into our healthcare system; the winners also need to consider how their solutions impact all healthcare professionals and patients.

Prizes include:

  • Financial support up to 6.000- Euros
  • Post-hackathon mentoring for the winning projects via the strong local network of Hacking Health and Berlin Health Innovations (BHI).


Inside the operating room, surgeons, interventionalists, nurses, anesthesiologists, engineers, and other staff work tightly together in a highly sensitive environment. Time and precision play a big role for the surgeon or anesthesiologist. With automated total intravenous anesthesia, monitoring of vital parameters including consciousness through e.g. Bispectral Index or minimal invasive robot assisted surgery, the operating theatre already is a high-tech environment.

This challenge is about using new technology in form of an existing gadget (e.g. virtual reality, augmented reality, Internet of Things) or based on a microcontroller that improves the outcome of the surgery, the experience for the patient or working-conditions for staff members.

Please review the FAQ for the hardware Hacking Health is providing

Create a digital solution that empowers patients with diabetes (type 1, 2, gestational or other forms of diabetes) to better self-manage their daily challenges and/or its complications – 24/7/365.

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects patients around the clock. People with diabetes see their health care professional on average 40 minutes per year, during the remaining time they have to manage their condition alone. This challenge confronts health care systems, patients and caregivers worldwide.

Digital applications assist patients and caregivers when they are alone: addressing all meaningful aspects like insulin delivery, nutrition or physical activity. Data based self-management solutions and devices shall help patients with diabetes to keep their glucose levels in range. This reduces the risk of acute complications such as hypoglycaemia and ketoacidosis, as well as long-term complications that affect all vital organs, kidneys, heart, brain, eyes, nerves and feet.

Our mentors and volunteers living with diabetes will share their health care data and diabetes-related hardware for everyone to use. If you are a patient, please feel free to bring your blood glucose meters, insulin pumps and CGM/FGM sensors as well. We encourage everyone to share these with others.

Diabetes-related medicinal products you are allowed to bring to the hackathon:

  • All types of blood glucose metres
  • All types of insulin pens
  • All types of insulin pumps
  • All types of continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGMS) and flash glucose monotoring systems (FGMS)
  • Components involved in open loop and/or closed loop systems if they are open source

We highly encourage everyone to share their gadgets and data with the other participants.

Team members, mentors and volunteers with diabetes will provide and share the following systems:

  •  Medtronic 640G insulin pump and Enlite CGMS semi-closed loop system / Artificial Pancreas using Dexcom G5 CGMS, Medtronic Veo insulin pump, Looped iOS App and Riley Link Bluetooth Module, Bayer Contour Next Link blood glucose meter
  • Free Style Libre FGMS, insulin pens
  • Roche Eversense CGMS, insulin pens
  • Dexcom G5 CGMS, insulin pens

AI/Machine learning is having a huge impact on healthcare: Robot assisted surgery, virtual nursing assistants, administrative workflow, fraud detection, dosage error reduction, predictive health and precise diagnosis are just a few examples for the use of AI and Machine Learning in healthcare.

This challenge is about creating a solution to improve the clinical decision making process. We will provide you unique datasets, that you will be using to create a tool that helps improve clinical decision making.

(more details will follow soon)


The jury consists of 6 members, including a physician and experts with entrepreneurial background, designers, developers, and a patient with a chronic illness.

  • Klemens Raile
  • Klaus Nitschke
  • Felix Balzer
  • Annette  Ströh
  • Craig Garner
  • Alexander Meyer
  • Tom Bocklisch
  • Magdalena Paluch


Jury criteria includes:

  • innovation potential
  • feasibility of the idea
  • execution of the idea
  • design and user experience of the prototype
  • presentation of the project

Mentors and Coaches

Our team of mentors consists of more than 10 members from different disciplines who are experts in their fields and have experience in participating hackathons.

Keynote Speakers

Bastian is a professional sailor, author, entrepreneur – and lives with type 1 diabetes. He is the founder of the #dedoc° Diabetes Online Community, CEO of dedoc labs and member of the board of DiabetesDE – German Diabetes Aid.

In April 2017 Dr. Peter Gocke was appointed as the first Chief Digital Officer (CDO) in the healthcare provider space in Germany, he is responsible for the digital transformation of the Charité.  With over 20 years of experience in the Healthcare sector, Peter Gocke is a well known keynote speaker and thought leader“

Yannik is a health-tech entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Heartbeat Medical. His focus is on value-based healthcare and patient reported outcomes. He started Hacking Health Berlin in 2014 and served as lead organizer for 3 years


Berlin Health Innovations is the joint technology transfer of the Berlin Institute of Health and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. We catalyze and accelerate the transformation of groundbreaking discoveries and inventions into advanced pharma, medtech and digital health products and services that benefit patients and society.






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16:30 Registration Opens

18:00 Opening ceremony

21:00 Hacking starts


00:00 Midnight Snack

08:00 Breakfast

09:00 Coaching and Mentoring starts

12:30 Lunch

15:00 Yoga session with Janina of Miamed

17:30 Wrap Up day 2

18:00 Dinner


00:00 Midnight Snack

07:00 Breakfast

08:00 Pitch Clinic opens by Bianca Praetorius

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Submission Deadline

14:30 Final Presentations

18:30 After Hour Drinks



A hackathon is best described as an “invention marathon”. Anyone who has an interest in technology attends a hackathon to learn, build and share their creations over the course of a weekend in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. You don’t have to be a programmer and you certainly don’t have to be majoring in Computer Science. In fact, we are especially looking to build interdisciplinary teams.

Anyone! We actively encourage people from all fields to apply, however, only selected hackers will be chosen to participate.

On the final day, there will be an opportunity for the public to watch the final pitch presentations and get involved. Free admission tickets will be released via Eventbrite closer to the time.

Apply by completing our registration survey, then join our Sparkboard to upload/join projects. We actively encourage team building beforehand and hope to have everyone teamed up by the first day.

Absolutely! It’s entirely irrelevant what your experience is going into a hackathon, it’s more about your interest in technology and healthcare.

Absolutely! We have substantial financial support and mentoring for the winning teams.

On-site registration starts on Friday afternoon, followed by team building and preliminary project pitches.

On Saturday and early Sunday teams will work together to further develop their ideas before the final pitches are delivered to the jury Sunday after lunch. All throughout the event, teams will have experienced mentors for coaching and support specific to the challenges they are working on.

For those not directly involved in the hackathon, tickets to reserve a place at this free event on Sunday afternoon will be available closer to the time.

There will also be experts available during the hackathon for a pitch clinic as well as special guests invited to give insightful aid on how to deliver proposals to the jury.

In addition we will have free food and plenty of swag to hand out along the way!

There will be a maximum of 5 people per team.

We encourage team building beforehand via our Sparkboard site and hope to have everyone teamed up by the first day. But there will still be an on-site team building.

Preliminary project pitches on Friday will be of maximum 60 seconds, no slides.

On Sunday, the final presentations including your teams demonstration and slides will be a maximum of 3 minutes with a 2 minutes Q&A.

We provide pitch coaching prior to the final presentations on Sunday.

Everything participants submit, invent or build is their own creation and nobody will have the right to copy or steal the ideas. See our registration policy page for more information.

Glad you asked! We provide the opportunity to work with passionate experts to solve global challenges in digital healthcare. Intensive cross-disciplinary collaborations like this hackathon are perfect for finding innovative solutions that really work for professionals, and more importantly, patients. In combining current digital technologies and fostering health innovation.

There will also be a mentoring program for winning teams after the event, as well as financial support for pitches chosen by the jury in order to guide the projects to their full potential.

There is strength in the minds that make up this hackathon community and we hope to stay connected via Sparkboard until the next event to foster this amazing network!

Yes, absolutely. Also, you are not allowed to work on your idea prior to the event.

Questionnaires received through our application process will be reviewed by our team and participants will be notified of the outcome of their application within a week.

It’s free! We do however ask a deposit of 20 euros to hold your place. This will be immediately returned for you when you register on site, or alternatively it can be an optional donation to Ärzte ohne Grenzen on the day.

-Of course! We have loads of delicious goodies lined up for you, free and 24 hours a day. Fear not, it’s vegetarian too.

Yes there will be a designated snooze area provided, please bring your own bedding.

We want this event to be as inclusive as possible. For participants from abroad, we can fund 100 Euros per participant for up to 10 participants. If you need financial aid for travel, please don’t hesitate to send an email to berlin@hacking-health.org

We are sorry to hear that, your Cashback ticket is not transferrable and as it is a deposit, will be given as a donation to charity.

However, you can still follow our progress on Sparkboard. We hope to see you next time!

Unfortunately not for the event itself, however the innovation pitches on Sunday will be live broadcast. Follow our Facebook and Twitter to access the video link on Sunday the 3rd of December 2017.

No sorry. Your enthusiasm is admirable indeed, but we want to keep this as fair as possible for all participants- this means allowing every team the same amount of time to work.

Your ideas and a laptop!
Also, please don’t forget your ID. You need to have it to enter the buildings!

We will also have sleeping areas so feel free to bring bedding too for a bit of shut-eye during the event.

Still have questions? Send us a tweet, email or facebook message and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Yes, we have! This event is following the Berlin Code of Conduct


We are providing hardware from the following list for the hackathon.

If you don’t see hardware you need please contact us at


MaKey MaKeys (große Boxen)
MaKey MaKeys (kleine Boxen)
Raspberry Pi 2 inkl. SD-Karte
Raspberry Pi 3 inkl. SD-Karte
Arduino Uno
Arduino Uno (SMD)
Arduino Ethernet
Arduino MEGA
Calliope Mini
Sensebox Edu LAN
16in1 Dot Matrix MCU LED Display
3D-Beschleunigungssensor ADXL330
Elegoo UNO R3 2.8″ Touch Display
Feuchtesensoren (wie YL-69)
Gassensoren MQ-2/4/5/7/9
Grove LCD-Backlight-Displays
Grove Loudness Sensor
Grove PIR Bewegungssensoren
Grove Ultrasonic Ranger
Luftdrucksensor BMP 180 B2C
Relais FRS1H-S DC 5V
Relaiskarten – 4-Kan., 10 A Schaltleistung
Schrittmotoren 5V & Treiber
Servos groß RS-2 (5V) & Propeller
Servos klein (3,3V) & Propeller
Solarmodule 1 Watt 6V 166mA
Spannungswandler (LD1117V33)
Temperatursensor LM35 DZ
Temperatursensoren DS18B20 Wasserfest
Transistoren BC547C
Ultraschall-Abstandssensoren HC-SR04
Widerstände (4,7K u.a.)
WiFi-Module ESP8266
Breadboards lang
Breadboards kurz (á 10 Stück)
Extra Bundles Krokodilklemmen
LAN Kabel
Lötstation & Zubehör
div. LEDs
Steckbrücken Kabel Male/Female
Stromversorgungen Raspberry Pi
SD-Karten Adapter
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