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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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#HIP613 Dual City Hackathon | HH Ottawa

The #HIP613 hackathon brings together patients, healthcare professionals, physicians, technologists, designers, entrepreneurs, decision-makers, business leaders, researchers, administrators, and governments to collaboratively break down barriers to innovation in healthcare. If you aspire to help transform the access and delivery to healthcare for the better, join us! If not you, who?

Our 2019 Judging Panel

Mari Teitelbaum, B.Sc.H MHA, Vice President of Provincial Programs and Chief Innovation Officer, CHEO

Her unique background and her passion for applying technology to improve health care systems make her an asset to CHEO’s team.

Mari started her career as an electrical engineer, where she recognized the value of technology to enable efficiency and effectiveness. After ten years in the high tech industry, she decided to go back to school and get her Masters of Health Administration at the University of Ottawa. As the daughter of a CHEO physician and a mother herself, she passionately believed that she could use her technology skills to help clinicians care for kids in this community.


Heidi Sveistrup, CEO and Chief Scientific Officer of the Bruyère Research Institute and VP, Research and Academic Affairs

Heidi is an active investigator at BRI whose research focus is in stroke rehabilitation and the use of technologies to support wellness, engagement and long life. She is also the academic lead for the Bruyère Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI).



Kevin Grignon, Design Lead for IBM Business Analytics, and Director of IBM Studios Ottawa

Kevin is a designer with over 20 years of experience designing and delivering software and service experiences. Kevin has led design organizations to deliver simple, elegant, and compelling product experiences to market for clients including Coca-Cola, Bank of China, Huawei, Corel, Nortel Networks and others.

Timon LeDain, Director of Emerging Technologies, Macadamian Technologies

Timon is the Director of Macadamian’s growing business in connected health and the Medical Internet of Things (MIoT). Responsible for Macadamian’s IP strategy, partnerships, and emerging technology development initiatives, his areas of focus include healthcare, voice experiences, and consumer products.




This year’s 2019 hackathon features the following prizes:

    • Win an opportunity to pitch your solution directly to the Innovation decision-makers at the Bruyere Hospital. In return, they will provide your team with advice, feedback, and potential for piloting within the hospital. Sponsored by Bruyère Hospital.
    • Win an opportunity to pitch your solution directly to the Innovation decision-makers at CHEO. In return, they will provide your team with advice, feedback, and potential for piloting within the hospital. Sponsored by CHEO.
    • Two teams will be awarded travel and accommodation for two participants to pitch at the June 18 Hackathon Finale Showcase in Kitchener. Sponsored by AGE-WELL.
    • Up to $10,000 in student and faculty support to assist a project that addresses technology related to aging. Sponsored by the Garbarino Girard Centre for Innovation in Seniors Care at Algonquin College.
    • Three 1/2 day studio sessions with the team at IBM Studios Ottawa to help the winning team bring their concept from napkin sketch to market ready. Prize winners will get access to IBM Studios designers for guidance on research methods, user experience design, user interface design, design systems, and user testing. Sponsored by IBM Ottawa.
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Hacking Health Athens

The inaugural Hacking Health Athens Hackathon will be held in downtown Athens on February 8, 9 &  10, 2019 and is organised by eHealth Forum and Biomimicry Greece Research & Innovation.

Co-organisers: Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, GFOSS – Open Technologies Alliance, and Athens Startup Business Incubator (ThEA).

Supporters:  HL7 Foundation Europe & Trillium II, Health Level 7 International, HL7 Hellas, Hellenic Society of eHealth Services & Education, European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI), FORTH-ICS, CERTH & Information Technologies Institute, Biomedical Engineering Laboratory – NTUA, Computer Science Department-University of Crete, Hellenic Health Informatics Association (ESPY) and CEN-Health Informatics.

Under the auspices of the Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology & Medical Statistics, Medical School, University of Athens.

Hackathon starting point is the electronic Health record and International Patient Summary (IPS).

Hackathon participants will be looking for innovative solutions for fostering HEALTH DATA AND MOBILITY.


We are happy to announce three prizes to be awarded to the winning teams:
1st prize: 2000 euros plus the opportunity to participate in the “Digital Transformation Programme” by Roche Diagnostics – sponsored by Roche Diagnostics (Hellas) S.A.
2nd prize: 2000 euros – sponsored by Pharmaserve Lilly
3rd prize: 1000 euros – sponsored by Interamerican
All three winning teams are entitled to 3-6 months mentoring offered by the Athens Startups Incubator (ThEA), one of the co-organisers. Moreover, further developed ideas will be entitled to funding by Equifund, an NSRF 2014-2020 fund.

We invite healthcare professionals, scientists, patients, entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, developers, and others interested to team up for a long weekend and propel innovation in healthcare.

Find out more about the event here:

On-line registration is no longer available.

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Hacking Health Vancouver Hackathon @ e-Health Conference 2018

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Patients Included in Connected Care

Hacking Health is partnering once again with the e-Health 2018 Conference, this year on a #patientsincluded hackathon set to tackle the pressing healthcare issue of chronic disease management. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, three out of five Canadians aged 20 and older have a chronic disease, and 67% of all deaths per year are caused by four major chronic diseases (cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases). Participants will work hand-in-hand with patients and clinician experts, building innovative software solutions focused on prevention, self management at home, home care, and community care!

The challenge will begin with the opening ceremony and project pitches on Sunday, May 27th, where the leaders of selected projects will give short pitches explaining the healthcare problems they seek to solve and participants will network with with conference delegates. Teams will then spend the next day and a half hours designing, building, testing, validating and tuning their prototypes in preparation for the demo competition, working with mentors to refine and improve their solutions. Once the hacking is complete, all teams will be evaluated by an expert panel of judges when the teams present to conference delegates in the afternoon May 29th. Winners from the final presentations will be announced with awards presented shortly after.

We will support you when you need it, we will feed you often, and we will make sure our partners provide an opportunity to make your projects a reality.

Sponsored By:

Judging Sponsors

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Patient Participant Sponsors


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Schedule of Activities:

Sunday, May 27

5:30-7:30pm: Welcome Reception (Level 4, JW Marriott Parq)

7:00pm – 9:00pm: Opening Ceremony & Pitch Presentations (Level 4, Kitsilano Ballroom)

9:00pm – 11:00pm: Hacking (Level 4, Parq Grand Ballroom, Hackathon Area)

Monday, May 28

8:00am – 10:00pm: Hacking (Level 4, Parq Grand Ballroom, Hackathon Area)

3:00pm – 4:00pm: Networking Break with Hacking Health (Level 4, Parq Grand Ballroom, Hackathon Area)

Tuesday, May 29

8:00am – 2:00pm: Hacking (Level 4, Parq Grand Ballroom, Hackathon Area)

3:30pm – 5:00pm: Final Presentations & Awards (Level 4, Kitsilano Ballroom)


Q. I have a great idea for a project that can solve a pressing healthcare issue, and I want to apply to lead a team at the hackathon! Where do I start?

A. Information sessions with detailed information will be held leading up to the event (dates will be posted here once confirmed). If you’re looking for an earlier start, fill out this form and we’ll reach out to you!

Q. Do I need to buy a separate ticket to the e-Health conference?

A. The hackathon is a great opportunity to meet and network with conference delegates, but to participate in any main conference activities such as keynote speeches or concurrent sessions you must purchase tickets separately through e-Health Registration.

Q. I’m a patient who’s interested in sharing my experience and helping teams craft their solutions. How can I sign up?

A. Email us at! Patients will not be assigned to a specific team, instead rotating through to share their knowledge across any relevant projects (unless of course you want to lead a team, in which case, email us to apply as a project leader instead!).

Q. Are there prizes?

A number of prizes will be offered, and details are in the works. Check back here for updates!

Q. I want to sponsor/mentor/volunteer/help spread the word! How can I get involved?

A. We’d love to hear from you! For sponsorship inquiries, please contact For anything else, drop us a line at!

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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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eHealth is a Team Sport

eHealth is a Team Sport

This month, McMaster’s Master of Science in eHealth program is hosting us at the new McMaster Centre for Continuing Education, right at the corner of King and James. You may have noticed this ultra-modern upgrade to the existing building as you passed by. Now we have a chance to get inside and enjoy their hospitality.

What are they up to at Mac eHealth? You may also have heard about the Mac eHealth program. It’s a unique three-way joint venture of the business school and the faculties of health science and engineering, aiming to bring Master students up to speed on health, information and management sciences. The interdisciplinary program brings together programmers, front-line staff, admin, and clinicians.


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HH Vancouver Design Challenge



About Vancouver Design Challenge

Hacking Health partnered with eHealth 2016, its national sponsor Desjardins Insurance and local sponsor Gevity to deliver the 8-week Design Challenge. The competing teams’ efforts culminated in a showcase presentation with prizes awarded at the  e-Health 2016 ConferenceThe challenge initially began with the Kick-Off Event on Saturday, April 2nd at the Centre for Digital Media,  an event co-presented by Desjardins Insurance.

Design Challenge Projects

Missed the event? Watch the micro pitches below and learn about some of the great ideas developed during the challenge







The Vancouver Design Challenge first kicked off with project leaders pitching healthcare problems. These leaders were mostly healthcare professional with an idea. Once the pitch time was over, the audience of participants formed teams who then worked together virtually to develop and refine their solutions over 8 weeks.
Throughout that period Hacking Health Vancouver hosted in-person bi-weekly meetups. This was also a great opportunity to feature exciting keynotes to keep the Design Challenge teams engaged and motivated.

Next, teams re-conveneed on the evening of June 5th at the e-Health 2016 Conference for the Opening Reception & Pitch Presentations, giving short pitches recapping their progress to date and networking with conference delegates.

Throughout this last intensive stretch mentors and digital health experts met with the teams to offer feedback on business plans and prototypes. Teams then spent the design challenge’s last 24 hours modifying, improving, testing, validating and fine tuning their prototypes in preparation for the demo competition. Once the hacking was complete, all teams were evaluated by an expert panel of judges. The prize? The top 10 finalists were invited to present to conference delegates in the afternoon of June 7th. At that point the grand winners from the final presentations were announced with awards presented shortly after.

We will support you when you need it, we will feed you often,

and we will make sure our partners provide an opportunity to make your projects a reality!





Hacking Health Registration Desk Open

Location TBD

e-Health Reception and Social

Oceanview Suites, Pan Pacific Hotel, Restaurant and Gallery level
Hacking Health Opening and Pitch Presentations

Ballroom A


East Building Hall C


East Building Hall B & C


East Building Hall C

e-Health Mix and Mingle Reception

East Building Hall B


East Building Hall C


East Building Hall C


East Building Hall C


East Building Hall B & C

Final Presentations for Top 10 teams

Ballroom A

Hackathon Rewards Presentation, Reception

East Building Hall B & C



The Gevity Innovation Award:
· $2000 cash prize to transform your prototype to a minimum viable product
· Overall business advisory services (Senior Executive)
· Technical Review and Mentoring (Architectural)
· Subject Matter Functional Mentoring (Subject Matter Expert)
· Quality and Testing Review (Quality Assurance Team)
· User Interface Design Review (Interface Design Team)
· Promotion on the Gevity Website & Social Media sites


Automatic entry into the top level of IBM’s Global Entrepreneur Program (GEP), which provides credits of $10K a month for Bluemix/Softlayer services for a full year. Prize is only awarded to a team using Bluemix.

More prizes to be announced shortly!





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Interested in breaking down the barriers in healthcare innovation? Join the Hacking Health movement as a volunteer!
Hacking Health’s Vancouver chapter is looking for driven individuals passionate about bringing innovation to healthcare to join our team of volunteers. We have several exciting initiatives planned, and we need YOUR help bringing these events to life! We need volunteers in all different capacities, from outreach and logistics to event staffing.

Interested? Let’s talk! Contact us at and tell us about yourself. We look forward to hearing from you!


Q. I’m a clinical professional but not really “tech savvy”. Is this event a good fit for me?

A. Absolutely! Our participants specialize in their area of expertise (although it’s great if you do have some knowledge outside of your field.) Clinical professionals contribute valuable medical and workflow knowledge but aren’t always “tecchies”, and coders and developers usually have no medical background and rely on the clinical professionals to contribute this. We’re all here to work together!

Q. Is this a hackathon like at the 2014 Vancouver e-Health Conference? How does the design challenge format work?

A. The Design Challenge as an extended hackathon that provides extra time and opportunity to tackle extra tough or complex issues, or work with special resources that wouldn’t otherwise be available in a standard 48-hour format. Ideas will be pitched and teams formed on the April 2nd kickoff date, then teams will have 8 full weeks for iterative development, consulting with experts, and doing user testing! At the e-Health conference, the 48 hours will be used for last-minute mentor and expert advice and making subsequent tweaks and refinements to projects and presentations.

Q. What kind of time committment does the design challenge require? Do I have to attend everything?

A. The time required will vary based on your team and the type of project you take on, as well as your role within the team (for example subject matter experts such as clinicians may engage only periodically to answer questions, while coders will likely have a greater time committment).
Teams are expected to be represented at both the kickoff on April 2nd and the e-Health Conference sessions on June 5th – 7th (teams that are not present at the e-Health conference portion of the event will not be eligible for judging or prizes.) The cafés that Hacking Health will host during the 8-week challenge are optional to attend, but recommended as we will have speakers, resources, and mentors available for you!
We understand that teams will be made up of professionals with busy schedules, and the kickoff date and interim cafés will all be planned on nights and weekends.

Q. Do I need to buy a separate ticket to the e-Health conference?

A. Your Design Challenge registration includes admission to the Tradeshow in the Exhibit Hall at the e-Health Conference, where vendors will showcase their latest innovations and the e-Health conference delegates gather to network. However, if you want to attend some of the special e-Health features such as the CHIA Gala or Pre-Conference session, you must purchase tickets separately through e-Health Registration.

Q. I don’t fit exactly into any of the defined participant categories, but have a great idea I want to pitch! Should I still attend?

Yes! The categories are not one-size-fits-all, so just pick the one that is closest to the type of role you will fill. For example, a healthcare policy/legislation expert with an app idea for improving access to healthcare information could register under Business, and a patient seeking to build an app that will improve patient experience could register under Clinical Professional.

Q. Are there prizes?

A number of prizes will be offered, and details are in the works. Check back on the event website for updates!

Q. I want to sponsor/mentor/volunteer/help spread the word! How can I get involved?

A. We’d love to hear from you! For sponsorship inquiries, please contact For anything else, drop us a line at!

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