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HOW TO TAKE PART
SUBMIT A CHALLENGE
The principle of the challenge is to present a health-related problem that can be resolved, at least partially, using a technological approach (software, hardware, or both).
Previous challenges have involved topics such as e-prescribing, fall detection, a multimedia prevention tool, serious games, mHealth, patient flow management, medical record applications.
To submit a requirement or wish, a challenger must register on the Sparkboard platform. This is a web application specifically for managing the challenges.
There, the challenger describes the problem, the avenues to explore to solve it, and the profiles that he/she is looking for. Anyone who is interested can discuss the project with the challenger and register provisionally for the challenges that interest them.
On the Friday evening, challengers present their projects. The problems and the solutions that the participants consider to be the most promising or interesting will be the ones that the teams work on during the Arkathon.
Challenges can be submitted up to the last moment.
Further information about the organisation of the weekend will be sent to participants as necessary by email.
JOIN A TEAM
Developers, designers, programmers, IT specialists, patients and health professionals (non-challengers) are invited to join projects and work with challengers to develop their ideas.
To do this, they must register on the Sparkboard platform in order to form provisional teams.
Challenges can be submitted up to the last moment, so please don’t hesitate to check the Sparkboard regularly.
The teams will be formed officially on the Friday evening after the challengers have made their pitches. However, please note that places are limited!
The organisers and sponsors provide equipment and coaching to help teams with the technical implementation. To find out more, please look at the hardware + software section.
IS THERE A CHARGE?
No, participation in the event is free.
WHAT ABOUT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY?
All work done during the event is open-source unless you and your team agree otherwise before you start work.
This event is above all a place for sharing and a new way of learning and cooperating.
If you would like to continue the adventure after Arkathon, we can support you via the Swiss Digital Health acceleration programme.
COMPETITION AND PRIZES
A panel of judges, consisting of specialists in health, IT and finance, will decide between the competing projects. The total amount allocated to the winners is 25’000 CHF.-.
The first prize will reward the project having the highest economic potential. The total amount of the first prize is 20’000 CHF.- (15’000.- for an acceleration program and 5’000.- cash). The second prize – 3000.-CHF – will be allocated to the project that had the best progression during the week-end (Best Effort). In addition to the two first prizes, a third one of 2’000 CHF.- may be awarded to a Coup de Coeur project.
The judging panel reserves the right not to award prizes if the quality of the projects is not sufficiently high.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS
• During the Arkathon weekend, all expenses (food, drinks, break room, snacks, etc.) will be met by The Ark Foundation and Swiss Digital Health, the organisers of the event.
• A list of hotels in Sierre is available (PDF, Google Map). It is also possible to rest on-site at TechnoArk (break room with mattresses and showers available).
• You will find details of how to reach TechnoArk via this link.
Arkathon Hacking Health Valais is one of a series of Hacking Health events, organised in several towns and cities worldwide. Find out more about the Hacking Health philosophy.