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HH Milano 2016 Hackathon

November 12, 2016 - November 13, 2016


A design thinking driven hackathon
Milano 2016 Edition


Hacking Health Facilitator and HHDutch leader Robin Hoojier flew down to assist Milano in their process: here’s what he thought of it:

About the process

For its second hackathon, Milano identified needs within healthcare institutions and expanded its ecosystem. First, the chapter set up a collaboration with leading  university Milano-Bicocca and then built partnerships with 10 regional hospitals. Finally, for this hackathon, the chapter involved 100+ students in a patient-centered innovation journey, which will culminate with their Fall hackathon.


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First, we gave a basic service design training (patient journey, stakeholder maps, storyboards, etc) to a group of 10 research students from the University of Milano-Bicocca’s Psychology Department. The group then started the observation phase together with two supervisors; this consisted mainly in using ethnography and interviews within 10 hospitals. Because we’ve partnered with 10 hospitals it made it easier to identify concrete staff and patient needs.[/col][/row]


We then organized a four-days workshop with University of Milano-Bicocca intitled “Co-design and innovation in healthcare” involving 130 students (divided into groups) coming from different specializations.
They were divided into 12 multi-disciplinary working groups, namely: Psychology, Sociology, Economics and Law, Biology, Medical Science, Nursing, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics and Informatics.
During this workshop, students were involved in clustering and co-design activities. This allowed them to develop user journeys and personas aimed at defining clusters and challenges for the Hackathon.


Afterwards in September we ran Thematic Tables, a day long workshop at University of Milano-Bicocca to co-design the challenges that we want to bring to the hackathon. It involved not only our student participants but also over 150 participants including developers and designers, researchers, health professionals, entrepreneurs,  companies and thought leaders from the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.


Step 4:  Hackathon
Check up on Grand Prize Winner, WATCh-ME project:












November 12, 2016
November 13, 2016
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