/ Team up with us !

Team up with us for one of the biggest Healthcare Hackathons in the beautiful city of Kiel. If you are a Start-Up or Professional Company  – develop and  try your technology in healthcare with our challenges.  Taking place from 22nd to 23rd September 2017. You can win awards worth 30.000 € !  

/ What it is about?

This hackathon held in Kiel at the ‘Sparkassen-Arena’ is all about future technology in healthcare. Organized by the University Clinic Schleswig Holstein, IBM, CISCO and Kieler Nachrichten, we want to give you the perfect opportunity to revolutionize healthcare as a participant of the hackathon.


/ Who we are looking for?

Firms – Start-Ups – Students –Talents. People that have the vision, passion and capability to push digitization and the connected healthcare industry to the next level.


/ The topics

Participants from start-ups, the organizers (excluded from the respective jury vote), students, tech enthusiasts and creative minds in the healthcare industry will form teams to develop innovative software solutions that will unlock the technology’s potential in categories such as:

  • Internet of Things
  • Speech recognition
  • Apps
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Prevention
  • process optimization
  • Telemedicine
  • Robot technology
  • Digital Health
  • Cognitive hospital
  • Drones
  • Image recognition


  • Health-cloud
  • Big Data in Health
  • Beacons
  • Wearables
  • Future emergency care
  • Rural healthcare 2040
  • Predictive medicine
  • Patient benefit and patient empowerment
  • Electronic file
  • Lab/Chip-Medicine and Precision Medicine


/ Your benefits

To make the most out of the two day hack sprint, online meetings will be held prior to the hackathon, bringing you up to speed with development platforms, software tools, and design.


Technical mentors, skilled in design, platform development and cloud applications as well as healthcare specialists will provide guidance and help participants creating a minimum viable product in only two days!


Our top-class jury will decide according to clearly defined criteria, such as feasibility of the idea, creativity of the idea, health and economic profit of the idea, user friendliness, technological implementation and level of maturity of the solution.


Prizes worth of 25.000 € will be awarded in the afternoon on Saturday 23rd.


/ How can I take part?

The healthcare hackathon is open for your visions and creativity. Tell us about your idea and register until


August 1st 2017!


If you’re interested in participating in the Healthcare Hackathon, save your ticket here


You already know what to develop on the Healthcare Hackathon weekend? Please let us know your idea, so that we can send you preparation material in advance!


/ Preliminary Schedule

The online access to preparation material will be available from mid August.


THURSDAY (21st of September 2017)

06:00 p.m.: An optional Meet & Greet at the Kieler Nachrichtens’ Co-Working Space gives you the opportunity to get to know other teams and ideas. (Fleet 7)


FRIDAY (22nd of September 2017)

08:00 a.m.: Start HACKING, talk to coaches, be creative !


SATURDAY (23rd of September 2017)

12:00 p.m.: (Deadline): Your solution (a short introduction e.g. as a smartphone video) has to be handed in. The big ‘Healthcare tomorrow’ event is running in parallel in the arena.

03:00 p.m.: In the afternoon, all teams will be introduced on stage and the winners will be announced.


/Team Finding

Slack Channel


We have created a slack channel #healthhackhiel in which we can connect and network. All participants / teams can discuss their own ideas / use cases. The Healthcare-Hackathon is supported by the BlueHackers Club. Their members will help you with questions. Have a look at the channels, or come by next MeetUp.



Link to sign in:



If you have problems/questions please respond to oliver.homberg@de.ibm.com.





A LinkedIn group was created for professional networking. You can join the group in the following link.



Link to sign in: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13536382





  • All attendees should submit their registration through the hackathon-website/Eventbrite
  • Upon submitting, an auto-generated email will be sent letting you know that you have registered for the hackathon.
  • Showing up on the day of the hackathon will not guarantee you a spot!
  • All attendees agree in making film or photos during the healthcare hackathon, as well as their public exploitation and reporting.





  • Attendees from all backgrounds, genders and geographies are welcome.
  • There is no age restriction to attend the hackathon.
  • In case you are under 18, you need a signed waiver from the parent/legal guardian authorizing you to attend the hackathon.
  • Committee members are not eligible to participate in the hackathon. They may however assist teams in the coding/development phase.     
  • There is no country restriction but you must be eligible to receive prizes (in case you win) and be legal to pay taxes on prize winnings.





  • There are no limits in the size of the team.
  • Ideally, a team should be composed of designers, developers and people with medical or health economic expertise. This is not prerequisite for the hackathon participation.
  • All teams should have a team name
  • A team can submit only one entry for the hackathon. Participation at the hackathon is subjected on a “per-team” basis meaning you are not allowed to be in more than one team at the event.
  • The healthcare-hackathon slack channel can be used for determining teams in advance of the hackathon.


Project Development


  • The central development platform is bluemix incl. the Watson-services. All software development tools like IDE, programming languages, etc. can also be used.
  • Before the hackathon starts it is allowed to try and train with the promo bluemix codes.
  • In order to ensure the competition conditions for all attendees, the entire code has to be developed within the healthcare hackathon event from 22.09. to 23.09.2017. The use of existing open source frameworks and projects is allowed and desired
  • All visual design assets can be created before the healthcare hackathon start date. All content assets should conform to the Creative Commons License agreement standard.
  • All intellectual property resulting from the healthcare hackathon must be published as open source under the MIT license (https://opensource.org/licenses/MIT).
  • The results of the project must be sent to https://git.ng.bluemix.net/. The exact organization will be announced in time before the start of the event.



Attendee Code of Conduct


Our hackathon is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, previous hackathon attendance or computing experience (or lack of any of the aforementioned). We do not tolerate harassment of hackathon participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate at any hackathon venue, including hacks, talks, workshops, parties, social media and other online media. Hackathon participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the hackathon at the discretion of the hackathon organizers.



Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality, or religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, photography or audio/video recording against reasonable consent, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Photography is encouraged, but other participants must be given a reasonable chance to opt out from being photographed. If they object to the taking of their photograph, comply with their request.



Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. As this is a hackathon, we like to explicitly note that the hacks created at our hackathon are equally subject to the anti-harassment policy. Sponsors and partners are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of hackathon staff immediately.



Hackathon staff will be happy to help participants contact any local security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the hackathon. We value your attendance. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the hackathon organizers may take any action they deem appropriate. This includes warning the offender, expulsion from the hackathon with no refund (if applicable), or reporting their behavior to local law enforcement.



We expect participants to follow these rules at hackathon and workshop venues and hackathon related social events!