Welcome to Elsevier Hacks Incubation 2018

After the success of Elsevier Hacks, we are excited to be running a global incubation programme!  Three teams from Elsevier Hacks are taking the next steps in the journey to becoming a startup business.

Working together across the globe over a twelve-week period, they will be coached by experts in design, development, communication and business, taking the ideas and prototypes created at the hackathon and building them into fully matured business plans and MVPs, ready to release in the market.

You can follow their progress, week by week.

Meet the Startups


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An app that prepares medical students for clinical learning by providing evidence-based advice, tailored to the student’s hospital. Using chatbot technology it recommends relevant information sourced from published papers, hospital data or crowdsourced from fellow students.

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Patient X

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A realistic and safe simulation of a patient case that allows students to practice clinical reasoning and receive feedback. Utilising chatbot technology this solution will enable medical students to improve their diagnostic process at an early stage.

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A toolset that will enable medical students to fluidly translate any content, whether it be a lecture presentation, a textbook, a photo, sound, video, or even 3D models into a dynamic flashcard study resource.

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Latest team updates

Read our teams' weekly reports on progress, along with updates from mentors, and more.

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Powercards Week Four Update

18 May 2018

Last week was a productive milestone in making the first significant steps towards our Minimal Viable Product in the incubation programme.

Patient X Week Four Update

18 May 2018

During the past week, Team Patient X was faced with quite a large challenge. After in-depth discussions with both our developers, they were very sorry to pull out of the incubation program as they found it extremely hard to balance the time invested into this programme with their day-time job.

Foresight Week Four Update

18 May 2018

This week has been very good on the technical front, we had a good meeting with the technical mentor Thomas. We finalized the architecture as well as moving with implementation and creation of data models and user stories.

Powercards Week Three Update

11 May 2018

This has been a significant week for the Powercards team. We had a design summit for our MVP and found that we all had nearly identical visions for the product.

Powercards Team Photo at Elsevier Hacks

Foresight Week Three Update

11 May 2018

This week for Team Foresight has been a very busy and productive one. We have made a lot of progress in all aspects of our project.

Patient X Week Three Update

11 May 2018

The highlight of our week was our Ideation meeting with the experienced Elsevier mentors Tim and David. We were able to discuss ideas of how to increase initial user engagement and what platforms would be most suitable to use for the initial launch.

What was Elsevier Hacks?

Elsevier Hacks was a unique 48-hour event which took place alongside the Association of Medical Educators Conference 2017 in Helsinki. It brought together medical students from across the globe, who worked in teams with experts in coding and design, to build creative solutions to solve challenges in medical education.

Find out more about Elsevier Hacks

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