Manager Community and Events, Healthcare Innovation - DayOne
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Approximately 70 software developers, technology enthusiasts and creative minds met for one of the first hackathons in Basel area at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design (HGK). The so called „BaselHack“ was organized by the association that was founded mid 2017.
„In regards to digital technologies we experienced a positive development within the past few years. We now have a vivid community of software developers, so it was obvious that an event like the BaselHack was needed in the region of Basel,” says Stefani Gerber, president of the association.
She was not the only one convinced about this idea. Within a short amount of time, the association grew to over 20 active members. Next to the organization committee the BaselHack was soon supported financially by sponsors convinced by the concept of the event: Baloise, Adobe, Bluesky and Actemium as well as the regional partners FHNW, Smart Regio Basel, Canton Basellandschaft and BaselArea.swiss.
The interest was also high in the software community. About 70 participants grouped into eleven teams who worked hard and very enthusiastically on the development of their ideas, with the goal to present a working prototype within 30 hours.
From traffic optimization to healthcare
The underlying challenges for the teams were very diverse, with a slight dominance of topics from the public area. They covered projects for traffic optimization, innovative concepts for retirement schemes or healthcare. Other teams dealt with the visualization of chats, automatic updates of contact details on our smart phones, digital regulation of light systems or the automatic evaluation of a beer tap.
At 4pm sharp on Sunday it was “hands-off-time“ and the jury had the difficult task to evaluate the projects and declare the winning teams. As a member of the jury, Martin Christen from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) was impressed by the quality of the delivered projects: „Every team succeeded in convincing the audience with a functioning prototype.” The first award - a golden keyboard – went to the team “Clockchain“.
The project offers a unique platform for a “time account”. Offering time and doing tasks for other people in the community will be stored in the time account. This time asset can later be retrieved and swapped for work done by others. The transaction itself was implemented via Blockchain.
The silver keyboard was awarded to the team “Smart Contacts” for developing an application that automatically keeps the contact information in our smartphones up to date. The bronze keyboard for the third rank went to “My side effect”, an app supporting patients and physicians with information regarding adverse effects to optimize the medication.
All in all, everyone amongst the sponsors, participants and the organisation team agreed at the final apero: The first BaselHack ever was just the start of an amazing journey yet to come. Everybody is already looking forward to the upcoming event in 2018.