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new-12342133-utrecht-computer-science-students-win-health-hackfest-brussels-2014The winner of the Health Hackfest 2014 held June 4-5 in Brussels was Health Hack HU - a health application which indicates whether a person who takes certain drugs is allowed to eat certain types of food.  It was developed by Wouter Benninga, Sebastiaan Vendrik, Robin Timmermans, Thomas Spiegelenberg and Karim Anmiri, a group of our third year Computer Science students from HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, who specialize in Advanced Software Engineering.Bp06Tu7IMAATtwa

The runner-up was Foodie, developed by Friedger Müffke and Kiruwka Moklyuk  which was an application for Android and Google Glass that helps people find out quickly whether to buy a product or not.


Hackathon for Health @ World Research and Innovation Congress

There's some 10 Billion Euro from the EU Up for Grabs for Health Tech Startups... Want Some?

Health Hackfest 2014 Brussels

Network, meet, hack and show your brilliant ideas to people who hold Horizon 2020 purse strings to over €10 billion!

The first Health Hackfest 2014 is happening on 4-5 June as part of the prestigious World Research and Innovation Congress for Health in Brussels. This Hackfest is an amazing opportunity for both sponsors and participants to learn and build networks with the organisations and people empowered to deliver massive investments to health innovation in Europe over the next six years.

IBM is introducing their brilliant new enterprise-grade app development toolset called Bluemix, which is now open to third party developers under a new Beta Programme. They will also be talking about the future of Watson in the Benelux.

The Health Hackfest 2014 is a 2-day hackathon for software developers, hardware hackers, designers, researchers, entrepreneurs, business developers and healthcare professionals wanting to have a positive impact on the future of healthcare. Our objective is to provide a forum to create solutions and inventions, empowering those with brilliant ideas to take on exciting challenges and drive innovation in health.

By tapping into the many APIs and SDKs from health technology companies, and more than 100 publicly available APIs, participants of all skill areas will team up to cultivate new ways of solving old problems--brainstorming over two days to build new friendships and networks, and most importantly, design new products and services.


Horizon 2020 Fund and WRIC for Health

In addition to creating great solutions with brilliant people, don’t miss this unique opportunity to network with key people who hold the purse strings to the €10+ billion slated for health funding from the Horizon 2020 programme. These people will be attending the parallel event on the same days and in the same venue – World Research and Innovation Congress for Health. And many of them will be a part of our adjoining Health Hackfest!

Horizon 2020 is the largest government fund for innovation the world has ever seen, with €80 billion available overall. One of the core principles of Horizon 2020 is to include subject-matter experts, so this is the perfect opportunity for all involved to learn and build new relationships.

The bulk of the €10+ billion reserved for health is targeted for software and hardware solutions rather than drug research--recognizing that technology plays a pivotal role in the new Horizon 2020 framework.

The Horizon 2020 program is a global fund and people and companies from outside the EU can apply. This is a brilliant opportunity for app developers interested in health.

New Technology and Health

Web and mobile-based devices are becoming increasingly important in diagnosis and treatment where a doctor is not immediately available. To demonstrate the effectiveness of these technologies, Health Hackfest 2014 will bring together a wide range of bright, enthusiastic people with multiple talents. Together they will use these technologies to address current health care challenges and present the results back to those attending the event.

For more details on health hackathons please read these two excellent articles:

Are Hackathons the Future of Medical Innovation? A new way to think about progress in health care”,  by Brian Palmer at Slate Online and another strong piece by Sam Welch from Publicis called “Inspiration from Health Hackathons”.

This novel initiative is supported by W3C (The World Wide Web Consortium) who are currently working on semantic web standards, data storage and sharing.


Our partners, who reinforce the Hackfest kudos of looking to encourage creativity and innovation, have made this event come to life! In particular we would like to thank IBM for providing the bulk of the funding to make Health Hackfest 2014 a reality!


If you are interested in a partner package with further details please contact Richard Kastelein at expathos@gmail.com


Hackfest Schedule

Day 1 - 4th June 2014



08:30 Registration & Welcome refreshments
09:00-10:00 APIs and SDKs get pitched by sponsors.
10:00-10:30 Meet the Mentors & Networking (Creatives and Technologists)
10:30 Hackfest starts!
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
17:00-17:30 Winding Down for Day

Day 2 - 5th June 2014



08:30 Welcome refreshments
09:00 2nd day of hackfest starts
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-1500 Judges arrive and start to mingle with the hackers
15:00-16:00 Presentations to take place for the judges
16:00-16:30 Hackfest winners announced and award presentation

Our Hack Judges

These folks play the vital role of determining who deserves to be crowned a Hackfest champ. As experts in their field they will take the time to meet our hack teams, evaluate the concept and review the presentation before deliberating over our deserving winners.

  • hughmiles Hugh Miles

    Owner, Solon Information Systems

    Hugh Miles has worked in the software industry for thirty years. He is currently CTO of Atamate Limited as well owning his own software company. Hugh has been involved in diverse application areas: Engineering, CASE, Finance, Legal, Pharmaceuticals, Web content management, Natural language processing,

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  • ericp Eric Pru'dhommeaux

    Sanitation Engineer at World Wide Web Consortium

    Eric is a sanitation engineer employed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), working in Cambridge MA at MIT's fabulous Stata Center who has worked at all three hosts: MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) in the USA, the

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  • scottwilliams Scott Williams

    Founder of Uloo

    Scott Williams is the founder of Uloo, a company which concentrates on integrated customer experience strategies and the power of data and social channels to empower customers. Made up of an independent network of freelancers, free thinkers, creative technologists, content makers & weirdos (when needed)

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    Max Del Vita

    Founder of Klappo

    Max Del Vita is the founder of Klappo a company which focuses on applying semantic technologies and BigData to food to create a single point of access for developers, retailers, producers and content providers to create value added application and services. Built by an

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The Facts

When: 4th & 5th June 2014

Where: World Research and Innovation Congress, Brussels 

Eureka! Secretariat, Brussels, Belgium
Rue Neerveld 107
1200 Bruxelles

How to get there: Click here for Google Maps

Start time: Kick off at 9am

Dress code: Comfys, daps and anything else you will feel comfortable in.

Visit WRIC 2014 for full details


WRIC Hotel List
Budget Accomodation


Frequently Asked Questions

Still left with any burning questions about the show? hopefully you can find the answer below but if not feel free to drop us an email on expathos@gmail.com

  • Over ten billion euro up for grabs? You can't be serious! +

    That is some serious cash! Well it's not actually prizes folks... BUT - some of the people holding the purse strings for that money (and more) are judging Health Hackfest and/or speaking at WRIC Health event. If you want to network and tap into ridiculous enormous bags of money,  this is simply an amazing opportunity for both sponsors and participants alike to gain knowledge and build networks with organisations and people who have been slated to deliver massive investment into health innovation in Europe over the next six years as part of the largest ever government fund for innovation the world has ever seen at €80 billion euro.
  • Who can attend? +

    Anyone. It's not all about coders and developers (though their skills are immensely valuable of course). If you are a designer, a UX or UI interface specialist,  a scientist or professional, a writer, a seasoned entreprenuer or startup junkie - or just someone with a brilliant idea - you are more than welcome to attend!
  • The event is free? +

    It sure is. There's no charge for those who want to attend the event and hack. 
  • What is the goal of the event? +

    The goal of the event is to rapidly prototype, over two days, ideas into reality (or as close as you can get). Judges will favour ideas born and worked on at the event over pre-built products that simply tap into APIs  - even if the former are not completely ready. Our goal, as organisers, is to help ensure that great ideas don't fall into the wayside post-event as is common with many hackathons. Our aim is to open up something similar to a Creative Commons bank of ideas post-event to those hackers who are willing to allow their ideas to be further worked on in the future by other parties. 
  • What is the World Research and Innovation Congress for Health? +

    Themed ‘How we do research – maximising impact through collaboration’, the World Research and Innovation Congress – Pioneers in Healthcare is the event that will educate and inspire scientific healthcare professionals by providing insights into funding opportunities, the latest issues in healthcare and developments shaping the future of healthcare research. WRIC for Health will address key issues such as international collaboration, funding for research and support for research excellence. Attendees will benefit from a dynamic programme comprising keynote presentations, workshops and interactive panel sessions.
  • What is a hackathon? +

    A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects. Occasionally there is a hardware component as well. Hackathons typically last between a day and a week in length. Some hackathons are intended simply for educational or social purposes, although in many cases the goal is to create usable software. Hackathons tend to have a specific focus, which can include the programming language used, the operating system, an application, an API, the subject and the demographic group of the programmers. In other cases, there is no restriction on the type of software being created.
  • When do we find out the briefs? +

    Sponsors briefs will be made available to all participants approximately one week prior to the start of the hack. We will also introduce registered hackers to each other so groups can start to be formed, if you so wish
  • What should I bring? +

    Laptop or tablet, comfortable clothing and any gadgets or tools that may help your team win!
  • Who owns the Intellectual Property? +

    The intellectual property rights of hacks produced at the event belong to the attendees, and not to the organisers, sponsors, or partners In the past, at other Hackfests, sponsors have requested to license, buy or back new startup ideas, but those deals are outside of the scope of the event and up to the groups or individuals to decide on the future of products or services designed.
  • What will I be provided with? +

    Power sockets, WIFI, hot & cold refreshments, food, seating, and beanbags for the lean-back hackers! 
  • How big are the prizes & will I be able to take home on the plane? +

    Details of all prizes will be posted on the website prior to the start of the hack. If you havent pre-planned any transportation for potential large prizes the hackfest team will assist in arranging suitable delivery to your selected address.
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