• Catalyst for Creativity, Innovation and Co-Creation
• Entrepreneur in Emerging Technologies & Experiences
• Fellow & Connector of the Royal Society of Arts
@juris_tweets jurjensohne inﬁniteplayground @inﬁnitePG
“committed to ﬁnding innovative, practical and
game-changing solutions to today’s challenges”
Hackathons (a.k.a. hackfests, hack days, codefests) are events where computer
programmers - and others involved in software development - meet to collaborate on
computer programming. Occasionally there is a hardware component as well.
Who use their computer security related
skills and knowledge to learn more about
how systems and networks work to
help to discover and ﬁx security holes.
Who use the same skills to write harmful
software (like viruses, trojans) and illegally
inﬁltrate secure systems with the intention
of doing harm to the system.
“White Hat” Hackers “Black Hat” Hackers
Computer Security Experts Computer Criminals
… a place for self-expression and creativity through technology.
Where people with technical, scientiﬁc and artistic backgrounds come together
and collaboratively code on industry-changing solutions.
Communal Competitive Facebook
’80 - ‘90
THE PURPOSE & AIMS
The purpose of this hackfest is to support the healthcare industry
and startup scene with ICT tools to stimulate for the creation of
innovative, relevant and scalable solutions.
Our aim is to empower the participants with their ideas,
to provide the right environment to develop their ideas into prototypes,
to stimulate for collaboration, and to make them feel recognised and
appreciated for their creativity and efforts they put into the projects.
How do we bridge the skills between research and technology? How can
technology play a supportive role, addressing the grand challenges in healthcare?
What funding programs are available for projects and researchers? How can
they tap into this source of support?
How do we consolidate a market which is multinational, multilingual, multicultural
“fail early, fail often and fail fast”
“if you fail in Europe, you’re done”
Attitude European investors: Previous failure is a sign not to invest
Attitude American investors: Multiple failures shows tenacity and experience
Form an EU hackathon force to utilise this new phenomenon to tackle problems and
find solutions – from civic issues to entertainment, down to health and environment.
Blend international cooperation and competition to help facilitate innovation.
Thank You& hope to see you around at the hackfest next door!