The Final 16

From over 1,500 applications from 88 countries we can finally reveal the 16 medical students who will be taking part in Elsevier Hacks in August, 2017.

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Working with developers and designers in an innovative workspace in Helsinki, these 16 medical students will design and build solutions to solve challenges in medical education.


Name: Ngar Wing Alice Leung
University: Western Sydney University
Year of Study: 3
Country: Australia
Why do you want to take part in Elsevier Hacks?

"I believe that the skill-sets that I would gain from working creatively with such a wide variety of talented individuals from different backgrounds would empower me to transform education and learning for students in my city and home country."

Name: Eliza van Wulfften Palthe  
University: Utrecht University
Year of Study: 2
Country: The Netherlands
Why do you want to take part in Elsevier Hacks?

"Taking into account my passion for medicine and the fact that my determination to solve problems heightens when medicine is involved makes this opportunity seem like a dream to me."

Name: Lee Yen Yi  
University: University of Edinburgh
Year of Study: 4
Country: United Kingdom
Why do you want to take part in Elsevier Hacks?

As a millennial studying medicine, I am excited to share my learning experiences with my peers and industry leaders as we learn from each other, identify challenges in the current medical education landscape and propose innovative solutions. I am motivated to apply my skills and experiences to work in teams to enhance the learning experience for medical students in this open ecosystem of the digital age."

Name: Abdallah Ayyoub  
University: Balaqa Applied University (BAU)
Year of Study: 3
Country: Jordan
Why do you want to take part in Elsevier Hacks?

"Because I totally believe that the face of teaching and learning  medicine can be much better , and honestly I like  to be in a situation of changing things to be better than it was , especially when meeting different brains from all the world."

Name: Nathan Ratner  
University: University of Minnesota  
Year of Study: 2
Country: United States of America
Why do you want to take part in Elsevier Hacks?

"I want to take part in the hackathon because there are challenges that medicine is facing that require creative technological solutions. Doctors see medicine from a specific perspective, programmers from another, and designers from yet another perspective. It is the opportunity for each discipline to step out of their specific way of thinking that creativity can flourish and new solutions can be born."

Name: Álvaro Prados Carmona  
University: University of Córdoba  
Year of Study: 3
Country: Spain
Why do you want to take part in Elsevier Hacks?

"I think I am a suitable candidate, open minded and who has performed at a high level during enough years to understand how the system works, but who still has time to feel that the changes would benefit myself. Last but not least, I could also mention understanding of technology and previous experiences at both participating and organising national and internationals events, but I think I had better leave something to talk about face to face."

Name: Renan Nabak   
University: Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais   
Year of Study: 3
Country: Brazil
Why do you want to take part in Elsevier Hacks?

"Because I love medicine, both in the field of university and study it, but also as medical practice."

Name: Abhishek Gannu
University: University of Manipal
Year of Study: 1
Country: India
Why do you want to take part in Elsevier Hacks?

"I've experienced both one year of medical school as well as one year of engineering school. So this would be the best platform for me to use my technical proficiency and medical knowledge for the advancement of field of medical education."

Name: Víctor Alfredo Sanna Vásquez
University: University of Carabobo
Year of Study: 5
Country: Venezuela
Why do you want to take part in Elsevier Hacks?

"I would like to participate in the hackathon as it would allow me to contribute knowledge and points of view about the educational methods we have in underdeveloped countries."

Name: Anne-Marie Shirley Kladny  
University: Julius-Maximilians-University Wuerzburg
Year of Study: 4
Country: Germany
Why do you want to take part in Elsevier Hacks?

"Medicine, research and development are such great things and I am happy for every day, when I can learn something about it. I am willing to learn from different cultures, to focus on solutions more than on problems, to make a change."

Name: Fiona Johnston  
University: University of New South Wales
Year of Study: 3
Country: Australia
Why do you want to take part in Elsevier Hacks?

"I am a hard-working, enthusiastic and creative individual with a great teamwork ethic, I simply cannot express what an exciting opportunity this event would be and the level of dedication I would bring to the Hackathon community."

Name: Demetrio Agustin Rodriguez Fajardo
University: University of Guadalajara
Year of Study: 2
Country: Mexico
Why do you want to take part in Elsevier Hacks?

"Hackathon events are for me a unique opportunity to collaborate with specialist from different study fields to develop innovative solutions to common problems, I am fascinated by the idea of being part of an event where ideas, creativity and knowledge are the central axis in the construction of a project."

Name: Gloria Quansah
University: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Year of Study: 4
Country: Ghana
Why do you want to take part in Elsevier Hacks?

"It's been said that passion is what gives meaning to our lives. It's what allows us to achieve success beyond our wildest imagination. This is what drives me to register for Hackathon- that I too may add on to this wonderful community."

Name: Xie Qin  
University: Wuhan University
Year of Study: 5
Country: China
Why do you want to take part in Elsevier Hacks?

"I can speak English, French and Chinese, three most popular languages on earth; I am in the last year of medical education, so I know better about this educational system than freshmen; I'm from China, which has about 600,000 medical graduates every year, any renovation will be a meaningful change to this world."

Name: Alexis Guédon
University: Université de Nantes
Year of Study: 6
Country: France
Why do you want to take part in Elsevier Hacks?

"I would like to meet and work with other people from other countries and universe to make this project progress and maybe make a new revolution in this medical student world."

Name: Saloni Kapoor
University: All India Institute of Medical Sciences  
Year of Study: 5
Country: India
Why do you want to take part in Elsevier Hacks?

"As the first generation of students with access to high speed internet and smart phones, it is upon us to shape how technology will affect medical education. The hackathon is the perfect opportunity to scale up, test ideas, learn, and create magic."