All posts tagged: Design Thinking

Le Coopérathon Revient Cet Automne / Cooperathon Comes Back This Fall

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The largest international open innovation competition in the world comes back this fall. For the fourth year in a row, Hacking Health is the partner of the health track which gives us the title of historical partner!

Volunteers from Hacking Health chapters in Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, and Waterloo* are ready to support you during this human and entrepreneurial adventure with the goal to have an impact on healthcare.

Join doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals, patients, entrepreneurs, investors, startups, and experts from diverse industries and become a change agent.


An entrepreneurial adventure for all

Whether you have an idea, identified a problem or simply want to change the world, you can join the competition. Throughout the month of October, workshops are organized in each of the participating cities to:

  1. Build teams,
  2. Identify root causes of the problem to be solved,
  3. Design the business model,
  4. Create a prototype,
  5. Learn how to pitch your project to a panel of experts.

The semi-final is held on November 2nd in each city to identify the best impact projects before the grand finale in Montreal on November 20th.

All winners!

Among all former participants, some have won prizes but all have acquired new skills, developed their network, discovered new horizons and above all … lived a tremendous human adventure. Whatever your expertise, your industry, whether you have a project idea or just want to contribute, you can make an impact.

Registrations are now open. Join us!

An incredible match. The story of “I Seek Delirium”.

Tania (nurse at the Montreal Heart Institute) and Nicolas (entrepreneur, founder of NeuroServo) did not know each other. They I Seek Delirium - Le projet gagnant du Coopérathon 2018met during the pitch & networking meetup where teams are built around each project. As Nicolas says in the video below: “it clicked immediately and we decided to work together”.The potential of their collaboration was obvious.

Winner of the health track in Canada, “I seek delirium” has been integrated within NeuroServo and continues its development with the Montreal Heart Institute. The company and the diagnostic tool presented at Cooperathon 2018 have been the subject of an article in Fierce Biotech, a reference in the health industry.

Check out the projects from previous editions in this post.

Watch this video to get an overview of the competition and projects presented in 2018


* Some chapters in France may also join the competition.


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Design Thinking Workshop – Kingston YGK

The session will be an introduction to User Design process. We will be joined by members from various fields of work focusing on AI, Innovation, AR/VR, Business Intelligence and more. Participants will be exposed to some fundamental elements of the User Design process such as empathy based research, ideation, design, and testing.

Guest Speakers:
Shari Hughson – Director, Master of Management Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Smith School of Business Queens University.
Mark Jamieson – Professor UX Design, St. Lawrence College

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Prevention, Rehabilitation & Recovery in Healthcare Hackathon

Hacking Prevention, Rehab and Recovery in healthcare.

Sign up to the HH Liverpool Spark Board to pitch your healthcare challenge for this years’ hackathon.

No challenges springing to mind? No problem. Check out what challenges are already up on the Spark Board and join a team, your skills are invaluable.

The hackathon starts at 8:30am Saturday 3rd of March and once we’ve finished hearing about all the challenges, we’ll form teams and get hacking. Sunday 4th March, it’s tools down by 12:30pm ready for presentations to the judging panel.

Lunch, dinner and refreshments will be provided, so bring your laptop, your energy and your commitment to innovating healthcare through tech!

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HH Ottawa: HIP613 – Design Thinking Workshop powered by IBM

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HIP613 – Design Thinking Workshop powered by IBM

Come learn the collaborative design approach to solving problems at IBM’s Design Studio! Be prepared to dive into your projects and get your hands dirty as we give you the toolkit needed to work through your design problems in preparation for the hackathon.

You’ll come away with an understanding of your key stakeholders, their current experience, and sketches of new solutions, as well as new collaboration tools.

If you don’t have a team yet, check out the Sparkboard to view existing ideas that need someone just like you!





This workshop is part of the Health Innovation Program (#HIP613) – Ottawa’s first Health Innovation Program that aims to break down the barriers to healthcare innovation in partnership with CHEO-OCTC (Children’s hospital of Eastern Ontario/Ottawa’s Children Treatment Center).

Sign-up today, spaces are limited!


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HH Milano 2016 Hackathon


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:











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HH Halifax: Design Thinking Café & Workshop

Join us at Hacking Health Halifax:
Design Thinking Café & Workshop on June 22

Be a part of the first Hacking Health chapter in Atlantic Canada!
Hacking Health Cafés are informal meetups to discuss and debate digital health topics – where people and ideas mingle.

Hacking Health aims to transform healthcare by connecting healthcare professionals with designers, developers, innovators and entrepreneurs to build realistic, human-centric solutions to front-line healthcare problems.

We’ll be hosting cafés and workshops leading up to a weekend hackathon in November 2016.

Who should attend?  Anyone is welcome, so long as you have a passion for innovation and a willingness to share your expertise. Health professionals, hackers and makers, entrepreneurs and innovators – everyone can contribute!


Our Hacking Health Halifax launch café took place in April, drawing at least 150 healthcare professionals, IT specialists, developers, programmers, entrepreneurs, and patients to the IWK Health Centre’s Goldbloom Pavilion! Together, we welcomed Luc Sirois, founder of Hacking Health, alongside an expert panel. We thank all of you for this success!

This time, we’re ready to take a hands-on approach at the June Café & Workshop. During a facilitated session, we’ll challenge you to identify key healthcare challenges in multi-disciplinary groups. Together, we’ll learn a repeatable, design thinking process that can be used leading up to and during the hackathon weekend. As always, this session is admission-free. Of course, we’ll save time at the start and finish of the design thinking session to mix, mingle and meet new people!


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HH Groningen Lecture – Design thinking

  • By Paul Schüren & Gerben Brandsma from UMCG
  • Exclusive for (potential) participants

Are you (thinking about) participating in HH_Groningen? Great! Do you have a great idea for improving healthcare? Even better! But how do you make sure the product or service you create matches the needs of the user? During this workshop Paul Schüren and Gerben Brandsema will tell you all about their experience with design thinking in healthcare.

Interested? Click “register now” and email your name, surname and if you are already registered as a participant for the Hacking Health weekend.

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HH Montreal Atelier Ideation Workshop

This 2-hour participatory workshop will encourage participants to think about a problem, from its definition to a suggestion of a digital solution, using different creative and thinking tools.


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