Working in partnership with GE Healthcare Innovation Village, seven Finnish medical and healthcare start-ups were invited to attend and present to the participants before the opening of Elsevier hacks. The entrepreneurs shared their stories, taking the participants through real life examples of what can happen in 48 hours.
Three challenges were presented to the participants three weeks before the event, giving them the opportunity to begin to think about the solution they would present at the start of the hackathon.
At the Event
Pitching and Workshops
At the opening of Elsevier Hacks, participants were given one minute to pitch their prepared ideas before the floor was opened to last minute presentations. Teams were formed on the basis of these pitches with virtual strangers coming together to develop and build an idea into a solution. Throughout the hackathon there were spotlight workshops to spark the imagination and to spur on the participants.
Right: Medical student Mao Fong Lim's illustration of How to Build a MVP workshop
Right: Team members Antti Mauno and Perttu Lähteenlahti from Top Junior Doctor
Not only did the participants learn new skills, basic coding and design, they were also set the creative task of building the best Lego Viking, competed in a pub quiz, indulged in mindfulness anatomy colouring in and ventured forth into the local agricultural farm lands for a bracing morning walk.
Right: Participants strolling through the local countryside
After 48 hours, the teams presented their prototypes in front of a panel of experts from AMEE and Elsevier. Each team was given three minutes to introduce and demonstrate their prototype, with two minutes allowed for questions at the end. The judges deliberated for 30 minutes before unanimously announcing the teams awarded first, second and third place.
When Faculty Hack
It wasn't just the medical students who worked hard during the hackathon, a team of faculty members worked to build a prototype which would solve a problem experienced by medical educators