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Health Hack Academy

A competition to find solutions of healthcare challenges
Health Hack Academy is a competition with the aim to find solutions to challenges from the healthcare sector. Each competition is designed based on actual needs/challenges from life science industry and healthcare. Health Hack Academy contributes both to finding solutions to challenges, as well as to strengthen the competitiveness of the Stockholm region by increased collaboration between participants and problem owners from different businesses and with different experiences.

The increasing digitization in society enables new types of services and products. By allowing curious people with different competences to meet around a challenge new ideas will emerge. Inspired by the 2012 and 2013 Health Hack Day we took the initiative to further develop the concept into an innovation competition, a hackathon, in 2014. Previous themes have been mental health among young people and Internet of Things for Health.

The form of Health Hack Academy changes every year and we have noticed some important success factors: the challenges must be developed in collaboration with those who has a need for a solution, and must be specific, yet engaging and leave room for creativity in the team; as many different relevant skills as possible should be represented among the team members and the team should be supported by experienced service and product designers. We have also provided support to winning teams in prototype production and given them the opportunity to present their product ideas in relevant contexts.

The aim of Health Hack Academy is to contribute to social benefit by new solutions as well as to strengthen the Stockholm region’s competitiveness. Participants gain knowledge and increase their network of contacts through participation, which creates conditions for growth. The interest of participating in Health Hack Academy has increased every year and the competition is now an important event at the Stockholm health tech arena. Health Hack Academy contributes to the emergence and development of new ideas. As an example the company Meloq was formed after the founders participated in Health Hack Academy.

Do you want to know more? Please contact us or visit Health Hack Academy.