Hacking Health Valais – 4th edition

Arkathon 2018

March 23-25 2018 – CRR Suva, Sion

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48h to reinvent sports medicine, emergency medicine and rehabilitation in neurology, paraplegia and ortho-traumatology. This year you will be immersed in a Swiss reference center: the Clinique romande de réadaptation – Suva.

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Your mission, should you accept it:

Concept Arkathon


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Your mission:

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Sports medicine


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Emergency medicine

(First aid)

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… your profile

Student, confirmed expert, geek addict or born entrepreneur, come and join us during a weekend to test your ideas and bring forward tomorrow’s healthcare!

Propose innovative solutions to the challenges submitted by health professionals or join a team in order to realise a functional prototype during 48h of intense creativity.

… your equipment


Overcome obstacles in data management with pryv.io

Swiss-made software for compliant management of personal and health data. Developed with our values of trust, quality and compliance in mind, the Swiss-made middleware – pryv.io – enables organizations to collect, structure, aggregate, store and use personal data with confidence, like never before.

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Intel RealSense SR300

Using Intel® RealSense™ technology, integrate hand/finger tracking, facial analysis, speech recognition, augmented reality, background segmentation, and more into your apps.

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Beacons Estimote

They are essentially tiny, low power computers attached to walls or objects in the physical world. Using proximity technologies they detect human presence and behavior and trigger pre-programmed actions delivering contextual and personalized experiences.

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Propaq® LT Monitor

The Propaq® LT Monitor features legendary Propaq quality and reliability in a compact, lightweight and easy-to-use monitor. Featuring both continuous and spot check monitoring, the Propaq LT is ideal for both hospitals and outpatient surgery facilities for simple procedures, pre- and post-operative care and transport.

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GRIMM material

In the following list you will find the material that is usually used by the GRIMM.

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Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized computer that enables you to produce embedded applications.

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Opendata Swiss

Access to various types of opendata on Swiss health.

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List of tools for the weekend

In the PDF file, you will find tools that can be useful throughout the weekend.

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Symptom Checker ApiMedic

ApiMedic offers a medical symptom checker primarily for patients. Based on the entered symptoms it tells the patient what possible diseases he has. It directs him to more medical information and shows the right doctor for further clarifications.

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ActiGraph wGT3X-BT

The wGT3X-BT is ActiGraph’s flagship activity monitor, used by researchers around the world to capture and record continuous, high resolution physical activity and sleep/wake information.

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Kinect is a Microsoft’s motion sensor that allows users to interact intuitively and without any intermediary device to a console.

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Leap motion is a little device that enable you to control your computer or application with the movement of your hands.

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Enable cognitive computing features in your app using IBM Watson’s Language, Vision, Speech and Data APIs.

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MegaCode Kelly

A full-body manikin designed for the practice of advanced, difficult and obstructed airway scenarios and IV therapy.

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Zoll X serie – defibrillator

The ZOLL X Series® Monitor/Defibrillator, built on an expandable platform, addresses EMS needs now and moving forward. Likely half the weight of what you carry today, it delivers the capabilities you expect from a full-featured monitor designed for use with all patients, ranging from neonates through adults.

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Motion Sensor Physilog 4 Gold 10D+

Gait up motion sensor physilog 4 Gold 10 D+ can be equipped with Bluetooth, GPS or Droplet for extended applications.

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Ambassador 2018

The Sports Medicine challenge viewed by our ambassador Amélie Reymond, a professional athlete and multiple times World Champion in Telemark

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Up to CHF 25’000.- in prizes to be won !

The first prize will be awarded to the project having the highest economic potential. The total amount of the first prize is CHF 20’000.- (15’000.- for an acceleration program and 5’000.- cash). The second prize – CHF 3’000.- – will be allocated to a “Coup de Coeur” project. Finally, a third project will be awarded for the best progression during the weekend (Best Effort) with a prize of CHF 2’000.-.

Sign up ! Rules and Conditions of Participation


17:00 Welcoming of the participants at the CRR Suva and pitch workshop for the providers of the challenges and solutions

18:00 Official opening of the Arkathon 2018

From 18:15 Pitches for challenges

19:15 Buffet dinner and team formation

From 20:00 Team work on the concept for the solution (business model, prototype)

8:00 Breakfast followed by team work

From 9:30 Presence of mentors (health professionals, lean, tech, …)

12:00 Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 Presence of mentors (health professionals, lean, tech, …)

19:00 Dinner

20:00 – 22:00 Pitch training sessions (optional)

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 – 11:00 Team work

11:00 Presentation of results to the judging panel

14:00 Awarding of prizes

Bravo, nos patients auront à l’avenir les moyens les plus innovants pour mieux vivre leur maladie et certainement pour vivre mieux et plus longtemps! Encore un immense bravo à tous, je suis fier d’avoir fait partie de cette communauté d’excellence.

A happy chiropodist Arkathon 2017

Si je veux développer ce qui se fait ici en 48 heures, il me faudrait 6 mois.

Roland Savioz, Ibrid Communication Arkathon 2017

This is a great opportunity, basically to collaborate with people from different fields and come with great ideas.

Kenneth Funes, Eyeware Arkathon 2015

Quelle magnifique idée ça a été de présenter un projet; tous ces jeunes développeurs réunis dans une salle à l’écoute des besoins des professionnels de santé que nous sommes.

Xavier Jordan, CRR SuvaCare Arkathon 2017


Registration and participation are free. All of the costs are borne by The Ark Foundation and Swiss Digital Health, the organisers of the event.

Yes, resting rooms with matresses and bathrooms will be available on-site. Don’t forget to bring a sleeping bag and a towel with you.

If you want to sleep in a hotel, a list of accomodations in Sion is available here.

All meals are provided, including Saturday and Sunday breakfast.

Directions can be found here.

You can find everything on our platform Innoboard.

A WiFi connection will be available during the weekend. You can find a complete list of the material available on-site on this website in the section “… your equipment”.

You have to bring with you: computer, charger, power adapter and every other technological tools you will need that don’t appear in the list of the available material.

The final presentation should include:

  • Problem to be resolved
  • Developments carried out during the weekend
  • Demonstration of the solution
  • Potential development and financial viability

Evaluation of the projects will be based on the following criteria (non-exhaustive list):

  • Quality of the project presentation
  • Relevance to the challenge and added value of the solution
  • Level of innovation and inventiveness
  • Operational feasibility
  • Potential of development and financial viability

Find the rules and conditions of participation here.

You can sign up and propose a solution on Innoboard until Friday morning 23rd March 2018.

Thought it is allowed, keep in mind that you have only 48h to develop a prototype that should be as completed as possible.

Yes, but it is necessary that team member sign up individually on Innoboard, then each member will simply join the solution proposed by one of the members or the solution owner can invite other members to join their solution.

All work done during the event should be released for free to the community unless the team agrees otherwise before you start work. In this case, the Organiser should be clearly notified of this decision.

These terms and conditions have been translated from French. The authentic version is the French one. In the event of any conflict between the English and the French versions, the French version shall prevail.

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