FAQs

Here you will find the answers to all the questions you may have about the Health Hack as it is in its first year. Don’t see yours? Reach out to us and we would be happy to make sure it is answered. 

Where can I learn more about DayOne?

We welcome you to visit the official DayOne site, which contains information about all the ways we support and strive to shape the future of health, including Catalyst projects, our network of over 2,000 healthcare innovators, our yearly conference and more. Check it out here: DayOne.swiss

What do the principles of the Health Hack stand for?

Patient-centric: we are all patients or potential patients. Patient are at the core of the DayOne Health Hack initiative, they help define challenges based on their own personal experience as well as that of their peers; “patient champions” are present during the hackathon providing both first-hand knowledge and inspiration.

Aspirational: “do good, feel good”. The participants are purpose-driven.

Creative and collaborative: release IP constraints, open source software/hardware is encouraged, connection to ongoing open-source initiatives is highly encouraged; in case proprietary platform are available, the participants “vote with their feet” and chose the tools they prefer during the event.

Relevant and scalable: use industrial-grade techs and patient-relevant data sets to create realistic options for innovation impact during the hackathon. The tech available at the hackathon should be scalable and fit for purpose, to enable the potential for continuity of projects after the hack.

Feasible: curated challenges, the teams sprint for “doable” hacks. The curation process aims at connecting the patient challenges to the tech available in the ecosystem sponsoring and supporting the hackathon event. No ideation at this stage, but breaking down the patient challenges in “doable” bits, and possibly selecting challenges deemed possible to be met with tech kit available during hackathon (e.g. data sets, computation, hardware etc.) provided by supporting partners

Supported: Ideation occurs at the hackathon. Participants are mentored and supported during the hackathon (e.g. by facilitators, tech experts).

Visibility and Continuity: selected results are invited to show their results at the DayOne conference/ (hyperlink to dayone conference). Teams are encouraged to continue projects after the event.

What are the building blocks of the Health Hack?

The event will be a purpose driven “aspirational Hackathon”: the participants are called to “do good, feel good”, rather than seek a financial reward. Patient-centricity is key: patient groups and caregivers are called to help define challenges, to be present during the hackathon and “own” their challenges providing inspiration and feedback to participants.

The principle of creativity and collaboration requires an underlying alignment with the purpose of the event and trust. It can be facilitated by taking inspiration from open source/hardware movements and releasing IP constraints so that new ideas can be generated. A priori ownership of results by sponsors is excluded.

In order to increase potential impact, the aim is to use relevant and scalable industrial-grade technologies and data sets. To inspire and energize, as well as to manage expectations of the participants, the challenges should be feasible by the teams sprinting during a two-day hackathon and will therefore be curated by experts together with the patients prior to the event in order to ensure realistically addressable hack projects.

Finally, while many teams will simply disband, it is important to enable visibility and continuity for selected results which could find a home in an existing organization and its projects, be further developed as an online patient community project, or even incorporated as a start-up company. The DayOne Conference will provide a platform for the teams to pitch and have their idea challenged by an established innovation community.

What are the key dates for the Health Hack journey?

Initiated and operated by Basel Area Business & Innovation, the DayOne Health Hack will engage the community and ecosystem in the organization of the hackathon. This will be realized by a series of workshops and activities, some of which may require iteration. Here is the journey at a glance. Join us for the upcoming events, make sure to sign up for the newsletter so you can be in the know.

The hackathon will start Friday late afternoon for pre-events and end on Sunday afternoon with the pitching of the results and awarding the best projects. The goal is to reach a close proof-of-concept by co-creating a prototype of the solution. During the hackathon mentors will be present to help the teams. All the teams will be offered the opportunity to pitch their solutions at the DayOne Conference followed by an open innovation workshop session together with healthcare innovation experts to bring the projects to the next level.

Health Hack journey dates

Where can I learn more about the kick off event for the Health Hack?

In April, we had the kick off event “Tech for patients.”  Read the recap and find the recording of the event here, for if you missed it, to bring you up to speed.

How does the DayOne Health Hack work?

As an aspirational hackathon, the DayOne Health Hack supports patient communities and their caregivers to become “Health Hackers”, and to take the initiative to tackle their needs. The patients will be joined by healthcare professionals and tech enthusiasts from the Swiss Innovation ecosystem to co-ideate feasible solutions to their challenges.

Digital talents from all over the world are then invited to actually prototype these solutions using cutting-edge development tools and real-world datasets. The first edition would consist of a two-day event, Saturday to Sunday, with pre-events on Friday, attracting approximatively 150 participants.

Selected finalized “hacks” will then be pitched and challenged at the DayOne Conference in November 2020 and receive the support needed to start a project, be it as a start-up or within an existing organization.

What is the goal of the Health Hack?

With the launch of a patient-centric health hackathon, DayOne, an initiative managed by Basel Area Business & Innovation, aims to explore new ways to catalyze sustainable and cutting-edge health solutions. The DayOne Health Hack has the clear ambition to become the place to be for digital talents and creative doers who wish to make a difference in improving health outcomes for patients. Supported by the broad Swiss healthcare innovation ecosystem, this unique format will contribute to establishing an additional avenue to catalyze healthcare innovation, attracting world-class software engineers and developers to the field and delivering on the promise of a truly patient-centric approach.

How will you bring real world patient needs to tech and vice versa?

While user-centric approaches are now the norm in various industries, patients so far have rarely been directly involved at the starting point of the healthcare innovation process. It is now increasingly recognized by the healthcare industry that this will have to change by adopting more and more patient-centric approaches. As a neutral platform, the DayOne Health Hack presents itself as ideal playground to seriously explore this new frontier in healthcare innovation.

Digital capabilities are a major healthcare innovation enabler, and a disruptor as well. World-wide key healthcare stakeholders such as global pharma companies are engaged in digital transformations. However, software developers and savvy digital talents are global nomads and a scarce resource. They command high pay, are delocalized, and can chose projects and employers in many cases. Engaging digital developers and attracting them to the healthcare space is key endeavor for success. By proposing to co-create tangible solutions for real world patient needs, the DayOne Health Hack offers an appealing opportunity for digital talent to prove their skills in the broad field of healthcare innovation.

In spite of the large number of health hackathons that have taken place to date, astonishingly there seem to be a lack of truly patient centric approaches in most of them. Many hackathons build on a technology in a mostly corporate environment. For many participants, especially the most talented ones who are not after the next better job, such formats are a turn-off. In contrast, an aspirational hackathon is a much more appropriate fit to attract purpose-oriented digital talent.

How will patient challenges be defined?

We have been reaching out to patient communities to identify concrete challenges related to real world needs as well as recruiting patients to act as their owner. The patient champions, patient challenges and their context have beeen collected during a patient workshop in April 2020. EUPATI CH and Experientia are core partners for this activity.  Stay tuned for when we define the patient challenges that will be hacked. These will be posted on the site.

How will patient challenges be curated?

Translating the patient needs into hackable but challenging bits is a key element of the success of the DayOne Health Hack. The curation should match the patient challenges and tech capabilities, as well as identify mentors and facilitators for the event. This activity will provide a short list of challenges to be proposed to the participants before the event via the website. An independent, non-for-profit organization, Health Hack Lab, plays a core role in the curation.

How will you obtain the tech capabilities from the ecosystem?

The goal is to identify the core technology enablers (connectivity, software, hardware, power, data-sets, venue infrastructure…) available in the ecosystem that is relevant for the challenges and possible gaps. Issues such as security, data anonymization, but also attractive points for developers which can be offered need to be addressed. Technology experts, mentors and facilitators need to be identified. Some tech platforms could be presented during pre-event workshops to align the levels of competence and knowledge of different participants.  We invited the health tech innovation community to join us on April 7th in Basel in the Tech for Patient workshop kickoff which we co-created with core supporting partners.

We will be announcing our next call for Tech participants in the coming weeks. Stay tuned and sign up to participate to be informed about upcoming Health Hack events.

What happens in the two day event?

The hackathon will start Friday late afternoon for pre-events and end on Sunday afternoon with the pitching of the results and awarding the best projects. The goal is to reach a close proof-of-concept by co-creating a prototype of the solution. During the hackathon mentors will be present to help the teams. All the teams will be offered the opportunity to pitch their solutions at the DayOne Conference followed by an open innovation workshop session together with healthcare innovation experts to bring the projects to the next level.

What happens after the Health Hack?

While many teams will simply disband, it is important to ensure continuity for the results which could find a home in an existing organization and its ongoing projects, online patient community projects, or even a start-up company. DayOne one will further facilitate support for the projects in close collaboration with stakeholders of Switzerland’s innovation ecosystem.

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