Elsevier hacks

Inspiring Innovation

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.

Renaboo Innovation SpeakerClaned Innovation Speakerlthcare Innovation Village SpeakersSpeakers from Renaboo, CLANED and GE Healthcare Innovation Village

Names of Start-up Companies

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.

The Challenges

Challenge #1

Help medical students to learn, retain and assemble facts into wider concepts (e.g. anatomical structures in a clinical context)

Challenge #2

Help medical students plan, monitor and evaluate their learning so they are in control of their learning and they know when they have the relevant level of understanding or have achieved the right level of mastery of the topic.

Challenge #3

Help medical students to translate the theory they learn in medical school into clinical practise.

At the Event

Being here is just incredibly exciting.  The mix of people that are here, the ideas, the passion that is going around.  The creativity as well; it's just really energising and very stimulating.  Prizes aside, being here is already a prize.

Mao Fong Lim, King's College London, United Kingdom

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.

Med students pitching to form teamsDrawing of the How to Build a MVP presentation

Left: Medical student Nathan Ratner pitching his idea to fellow students Abhishek Gannu and Saloni Kapoor  
Right: Medical student Mao Fong Lim's illustration of How to Build a MVP workshop

Team Dr You working hardTop Junior Doctor hard at work

Left: Team members Jyrki Turunen, Renan Nabak,Yen Yi Lee and Anne-Marie Kladny from Dr You
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.

Lego Viking figuresParticipants taking part in pub quiz

Left: Entries for the best Lego Viking
Right: Participants gathered into teams at the pub quiz

Colouring-in anatomical drawingsFarm walk

Left: Illustrations from Netter's Anatomy Coloring Book
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.

Antti Mauno presentingAlice Leung presentingSaloni Kapoor presenting

Medical students Antti Mauno (University of Helsinki), Alice Leung (Western Sydney University) and Saloni Kapoor (AIIMS) present to the judges

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

Curriculights team photo