Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Prague – IKEM played host to the second year of an international creative marathon entitled Global Smart Health Hackathon Prague 2019. The ICZ Group also provided support to the event this year. Eleven diverse challenges were put before 20 teams in the inspirational and pulsating environment of this prestigious world healthcare facility. The mission of those involved was to think up a solution to one of them and take it to the prototype stage within 72 hours. In several cases the challenges were real scientific and treatment-related challenges from IKEM operations.
Photogrpahy: Minister of Health of the CR Adam Vojtěch + winners
Expert mentors, including Business Consultant at the Healthcare Section of ICZ Tomáš Hrůza, were even available to the contestants during the night in this continuing marathon. The teams were also able to use a range of technology, both software and hardware. All within the real surroundings of a hospital, meaning that ideas could be discussed with patients and healthcare staff themselves, bringing improvements to individual solutions in full operation.
The panel of experts, in which ICZ was represented by Specialist in Computerising Healthcare Michal Opatřil, had a tough task indeed. Not one single team dropped out and all solutions were very well-worked, innovative and impressive in light of the time which the competing teams had to process them. The panel evaluated individual projects from the perspective of their innovativeness, business potential and technological advancement. The highest number of votes and the grand prix, presented by Minister of Health of the Czech Republic Mr. Adam Vojtěch, were eventually won by a project for blind diabetics from the ČuprTým workshop trio. This helps blind diabetics, or those with visual impairments, interpret the glucose levels measured in their blood. It is a functioning solution with major potential because this illness in particular is frequently accompanied by a worsening or complete loss of eyesight. Second place was taken by Binary Trio, which concentrated on the analysis of samples of Langerhans islets in the IsletNet medical system. Third prize was won by members of the Hax Partyzan team for a solution to validate the results of artificial intelligence in the IsletNet system. What is more, the second and third placed projects can be applied directly in research practice at IKEM.