EmergencyEye Hackathon attracted more than 100 international hackers to save lives

Winning teams at EmergencyEye Hackathon

More than 100 international hackers from India, the Philippines, Spain, Romania, Benelux, Poland, England and Germany spent 48 hours in a marathon, some without sleep, working on programming solutions for people with acute cardiac arrest.

The “Hackathon Am Ring” was under the motto “Save lives with your hack”, hack means here: Programming new codes and connecting software solutions, which usually try to shield from each other.

Eight teams not only developed new codes in the 48-hour #hackathonamring marathon, but also developed the projects up to the prototype and submitted to a jury.

The three winners have developed great things in 48 hours up to the prototypes:

  • A team has developed an App for smartphones, measuring the quality of the resuscitation activities and transmitting this data to the rescue center for informed support. Thus, resuscitation by lay can be better guided from the control center.
  • A second team has developed a data platform, fueled with data through remote access to smartphones to enable better decision-making in an emergency case.
  • A third team has developed a software solution to connect rescue services and healthcare services. The solution also provides a video connection from lay person to the rescue center for better information and decision support.

EIT Health Germany was also happy to see that some of the biotech students from the University of Heidelberg who are part of the BETP Programme, which is supported by EIT Health, were among the winning teams. The event was part of the development of EmergencyEye®, which has been supported by EIT Health, part of the European Union’s Institute for Innovation and Technology and one of the world’s largest public sector initiatives, since January 2018. Katharina Ladewig, Managing Director of EIT Health Germany and Jan-Philipp Beck, CEO of EIT Health e.V., represented EIT Health and spoke at the event, together with Stephanie Bechtel and Anke Neziraj from EIT Health Germany.

The project EmergencyEye® was developed by the start-up company Corevas GmbH & CO.KG and is implemented in an international consortium consisting of 11 partners with the aim of reliably guaranteeing remote access to smartphone-based information and functions in health crises and emergency situations.

While the RAMSES (Remote Access to Medical Information on Smartphones during emergencies and Health Crisis) project is developing and standardizing the interface and platform for the smartphones, the project directly prototypes the potentially life-saving product EmergencyEye® up to proof of concept.

The partners of Corevas GmbH & CO.KG in the project RAMSES are the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Rheinisch Westfälisch Technical University Aachen (RWTH Aachen University), the University of Cologne and the University Hospital Cologne, the Catholic University of Leuven and the Interuniversity Microelectronics Center in Leuven (imec), BIO Clustermanagement NRW GmbH, ISE mbH, Liki Mobile Solution and the Nofer Institute in Lodz.GetSpeed ​​Performance GmbH & CO.KG was involved as a strategic partner in the conceptual design and implementation of #hackathonamring. The event was further supported by Vodafone as Media Partner, the Nürburgring as the venue, WIGE Solutions for the entire technology on site and the Otto Beisheim School of Management (WHU) with lectures and coaching sessions.

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