5 Hackathons

Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Maastricht, Nijmegen, Utrecht

More than 500 participants

Patients, Healthcare Professionals, Designers, Developers, Entrepreneurs and Students.

5 – 14 april

Save the date and go the one of the city pages to participate!

Bringing innovation to health & care in the Netherlands.

Dutch Hacking Health will be organized for the fourth time in April 2019. It is an event where technology, design, entrepreneurship, healthcare and patients are brought together during a weekend. Hacking Health aims to transform healthcare by connecting teams, which usually rarely collaborate, who search for human-centric solutions to front-line healthcare problems.

Participating cities






The week of Dutch Hacking Health 2019


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Latest news

What about intellectual property?

In general the following guidelines apply as set by Hacking Health. Since the event is set in the Netherlands, Dutch patent- and copyright laws also apply.

Is my idea for a pitch any good?

Yes! As long as your idea is related to healthcare and a possible solution can be prototyped technically, digitally or visually. Sparkboard is our online platform where you can present your idea/problem before the start of the weekend. Participants will be able to browse the different projects to see what interests them. A good way to… View Article

Do I have to pitch an idea?

It is a great opportunity to do so and form a great team to work on your idea, so we highly recommend it! You can also pose a problem if you like. But, no it is not obligatory to pitch an idea. At the start of the weekend, several participants will pitch their ideas and… View Article

Winners of 2018

Nation winner

Team Life

Art of dying/art of living
In dutch society we seem to be at ease with talking about death and dying. However, simultaneously and paradoxically, we have banned death and dying from our society: people are seldom actually confronted with death in their daily lives, unless it is in their personal circle. Cemeteries and hospitals are outside the living areas, and inside the hospitals the dying happens out of sight. This results in a troubled relation with death. Rather than being a natural part of life and a source of inspiration to give meaning to life, death is seen as a medical failure, a ‘heavy’ topic, a domain to avoid. This results in unnecessary fear to confront the final stage of life, and by going through medical treatments for too long, to a bad quality of dying. Hospice De Vier Vogels wants to counter that development: how could design interventions bring back into society the awareness of death and dying as natural parts of life? How could design make people aware of the art of dying as a source of inspiration for the art of living?
Bekijk project

Team Panda

Providing freedom is a widely valued theme in the nursing homes of elderly care institution Pieter van Foreest. The architecture of buildings can limit dementing elderly in their mobility range. These limitations cause unrest in their daily being. Pieter van Foreest is looking for tailored, smart solutions to provide safety and privacy, aswell as freedom for the elderly residents. Are you up for the challenge?

Bekijk project

Team SyncVR

Reduce the child’s anxiety and stress before surgery to prevent trauma. It’s very important for the child (the patient) and her/his parent(s) to know what they can expect and how to control those different situations. The vision is, learning by doing!

Bekijk project


De sociale innovatieve toolkit, door en voor verpleegkundigen, het medicijn tegen werkstress. Zie ook Nurses4Nurses

Bekijk project

Who should join?


Designers and (service) design thinkers can help to build digital & physical solutions that focus on human needs, creating the right experience for each solution based on the journeys of patients andp professionals.


A patient has the most knowledge about having & experiencing his/her disease. To work on meaningful innovations we need to have patients on board, explaining what they need and how a solution might fit in their lives.


The group that’s most familiar with hackathons. Developers are needed to help teams create their first working prototype. Using programming languages, data science or any other technical experience to realise ideas.


The challenges in healthcare require new ways of thinking, new businessmodels and concept to deliver care. These entrepreneurial minds help to work on sustainable health(care) innovation.

Healthcare Professionals

Health(care) professionals with ideas that require technical assistance – doctors, surgeons, nurses, administrators, etc – are encouraged to come and present their ideas or join a team to help them with their experience.


Although your skillset might not be listed in the other descriptions, it could still be very usefull. So bring your fresh perspective, new insights and use your skills to further improve healthcare.

Participating cities in 2019

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