The future of healthcare
online hackathon

19-21 February


Are you committed to your and others’ health? Do you think it's vital to provide the best possible healthcare worldwide?

Hack&Heal is a 48-hour long online hackathon focusing specifically on healthcare. This event provides an opportunity for developers to work together and help this sector with technological innovations.

What’s our goal?

We are looking for innovative solutions that are realistic and sustainable. The hackathon will be divided into challenges based on our partners' current problems.
The exact challenges will be published a few days before the event, so stay tuned and watch the website’s updates!

About the event


Registered participants


Mentoring sessions


Submitted project




Registration period: 5th January - 17th February

19 February 2021 - Friday

  • 10.00 - Opening ceremony
  • 13.00 - 20.00 - Mentoring sessions
  • 17.00 - 17.30 - Healthcare panel discussion
  • 23.59 - First draft submission deadline

20 February 2021 - Saturday

  • 10.00 - 10.30 - Service design workshop
  • 10.30-18.00 - Mentoring sessions
  • 17.00-17.30 - Pitch workshop
  • 20.00 - Second draft submission deadline

21 February 2021 - Sunday

  • 10.00 - Submission deadline
  • 10.30 - 13.30 - Community evaluation via Gavel
  • 14.00 - Challenge winners announcements
  • 15.00 - Live pitch of the challenge winner ideas
  • 17.00 - Closing ceremony


Each Category Winner will receive a prize of € 1,500*

The absolute community winner will receive an additional prize of € 2500

* According to the partners’ offerings it can be material, experience or money prizes. Prize subject to local tax laws in certain countries.

Do you want to make an impact?

Don't hesitate to register now!


Why apply?

Network & community

Get connections to professional partners and other open minded innovators


Consult with product and business development experts and get valuable feedback on your solution


Develop the future of one of our most important industries with your idea


Brainstorm with your or other teams, gain experience and even take home the grand prize

We are seeking mainly for students who have fresh ideas that could make a difference but are in need of financial or professional support. Nevertheless, if you are not a student anymore however have an extraordinary idea, do not hesitate to apply!

Any innovators from around the world are welcome! Submit your solution for one of the challenges and help us to renew healthcare worldwide!


One of the key elements of hackathons is mentoring, where experts help teams improve their solution. Let us introduce the Hack&Heal mentors

Boldizsár Elek

Project manager, Turbine

Dániel Pál

System Administrator, South-Pest Central Hospital

Dr. Tamás Bábel

Health Innovation Professional

Juraj Mičko

Software Engineer, Deepnote

Emese Bányász, MD

Assistant Medical Advisor, Fellow of Infectious Disease, South-Pest Central Hospital, COVID Vaccination Center

Gábor Nagy

Team Manager, evosoft Hungary

György Bodoky

Head of Oncology Dept, South-Pest Centre Hospital Budapest

János Pénzes, MD

Digital Center Of Excellence Lead, Gedeon Richter PLC

László Mérő

Staff Model Developer, Turbine

Levente K-Pápai

Medical Data Scientist, YourAnastomosis

Péter Bohács

Digital Marketing Manager, Gedeon Richter PLC

Otto Skoran

Senior Director, Strategy & Innovation, Doktor24

Soma Kárpáti

Scrum master & Senior PM, MSD Pharma Hungary

Tamás Békási

RIS Business Creation Manager, EIT Health InnoStars

Veronika Horváth

Chief Commercial Officer, Forhercare

Viktor Szabó

Digital lead, MSD Pharma Hungary

Zoltán Attila Szabó

Java Dev. Lead, Codelit Zrt.

Zsolt Szombathelyi

Advisor to the CEO

István Barta

Senior Innovation Manager, MKB Fintechlab

Erzsébet Vizaknai

Senior Innovation Manager, MKB Fintechlab

Mary Alcantara

Head of Startups, MKB Fintechlab

Beatrix Bedő

Founder, CEO, Program Lead, Impact Hub Budapest

Ákos Gerébi

Digital Campaign Manager, MSD

Lajos Kovács

IT CTO, Gedeon Richter Plc

Éva Keszi

Data privacy legal advisor, Gedeon Richter Plc.

Rebeka Haraszti

Policy&Communications Specialist, MSD

Dr. Péter Benke

Physician, South-Pest Central Hospital, COVID Vaccination Center

Mihaly Simon

PIT Enterprise Architect, Gedeon Richter Plc



János Pénzes, MD

Digital Center Of Excellence Lead, Gedeon Richter PLC

Veronika Horváth

Chief Commercial Officer, Forhercare

Zsolt Szombathelyi

Advisor to the CEO, Gedeon Richter PLC

Lajos Kovács

IT CTO, Gedeon Richter


Dániel Paksy

Managing Director, Janssen Hungary

Dr. János Szlávik

Head, Department of Infectology, South-Pest Central Hospital

Dr. Péter Benke

Physician, South-Pest Central Hospital, COVID Vaccination Center

Zita Siminszky

Medical Director, Janssen Hungary


Ákos Gerébi

Digital Campaign Manager, MSD

Viktor Szabó

Digital lead, MSDy

Zoltán Polányi

Market Access, Policy & Communications Directorm MSD

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?

A sprint-like event where participants team up and create solutions to real-life challenges in an intense period of time. Using creativity, technology and mentoring, the week results in prototypes, fresh new concepts and innovation.

What is Hack&Heal about?

Hack&Heal is an online hackathon where we are looking for students, fresh graduates or early stage startups who are willing to solve our partners’ challenges in the area of healthcare during 48 hours.

I have an idea, what do I need to do?

  1. Find your teammates. Or apply solo, and ask to be added to a brand new team if you want. Lone wolves are also welcome.
  2. Register!
  3. Join us on February 19 and start brainstorming.
  4. Work on your solution with your team via Slack.
  5. Feel free to request mentoring on your project from experts.
  6. Submit your project video by 10:00 on February 21
  7. Take home your prize!

How can I submit my project?

To submit your project create a 2 minute video pitch, upload it to YouTube and link it on the submission form, along with a GitHub repo. The video can have you talking, a live app demo (if you have one), some cool animation, etc... whatever fits best. The jury will then evaluate projects based on the pitch and submission form. Please observe these conditions strictly as in other cases we will unfortunately not be able to evaluate your project.

What does the evaluation method look like?

There will be three kinds of evaluation methods. On the one hand, the challenge’s owner will provide a 3-4 member jury of experts from its company who will evaluate the projects based on the pitches and submission forms. And on the other hand, all projects will be available and can be evaluated by other competitors too through the JunctionApp. Finally, for the main prize, each challenge winner and the best 3 ideas according to the community will do a live pitch and with an audience voting we will announce the absolute winner of the contest.

How can the competitors evaluate each other?

JunctionApp uses an algorithm named Gavel to judge projects. In this pairwise-comparison-based algorithm participants review each other’s projects. The system incorporates a lot of research on mathematical psychology along with fancy math, resulting in a fair and scalable reviewing system. The user is always given two projects to compare, asked to vote for the better one and compare the newer project to the next one (and so forth). This way, one doesn’t have to take in consideration what the absolute perfect, nor what the absolutely worst project would look like. It’s enough to decide the better one of the two that the system suggests. In addition, participants are naturally curious to understand why a certain project has won. Peer reviewing gives them the possibility to have an overlook of other projects and cast their vote for the winners.

What are the evaluation criteria?

The proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • 25% - Prototype
  • 20% - Feasibility
  • 20% - Impact/value
  • 20% - Innovativeness
  • 15% - Presentation

Is participation free of charge?

Yes, you can enter the hackathon for free.

What is the official language of the event?

The event’s language is English from start to finish, including the mentorings and the pitch sessions.

Didn't find what you were looking for?

Please contact us at the email address below for any assistance or join our Slack workspace and we will help you out.

Where is Hack&Heal organized?

The event is held 100% online. We use an open Slack workspace as the main platform for communication, Junction App for the hackathon submissions and Hopin for the opening, closing ceremonies and additional programs of the event.

How do I register as an individual?

Just simply register via the Junction site and choose No when asked if you’re applying as a team.

What about team size?

A team size can be between 2 to 5 people. If you’re looking for brand new team members, head to Slack. The event is held 100% online. If you need additional help please contact someone from our team (e.g.: Vanda_organizer)

How do I register as a team lead or as a team member?

Through the website link that paces you to our registration platform.

As a team lead:

  1. Registering via the Junction site, choose Yes when asked if you’re applying as a team.
  2. Click the ☰ icon in the top left corner of the page and go to Team page.
  3. Click „Create a new team”.
  4. The platform will generate a unique team code. Send this to your team members using mail or any other method. It is not possible to share the code directly via Junction.

As a team member:

  1. Registering via the Junction site, choose Yes when asked if you’re applying as a team.
  2. Click the ☰ icon in the top left corner of the page and go to Team page.
  3. Insert the code to „Join an existing team”. If you haven’t received a code from your team lead, ask them to re-check these instructions.

It’s not possible to share through the Junction App, so please share the team code between all team members for example by email.

When do I get to know the categories / challenges?

In this hackathon there won't be different categories, teams will need to come up with solutions to challenges given by our partners! Each partner will prepare with one challenge, and we will share them with you a few days before the competition starts. This way everyone has an equal chance, and it helps us keep the hackathon spirit, since participants will have a short amount of time to come up with their ideas! We'll announce these challenges on this website, so stay tuned!

What will the live pitches look like on sunday?

7 teams will do a live pitch (the 4 challenge winner and the top 3 from the community evaluation) on Sunday in a previously decided order. They'll have to make a presentation with basic informations about their solution and pitch it within 5 minutes. During the pitches the audience can ask questions in the chat and if there is an interesting question the MC will ask this from the team. Once the teams have presented their idea, the audience will appr. have half an hour to vote for the team they deem best through JunctionApp.



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