Join other students and researchers in the first-ever NeurotechEU Hackathon in Stockholm on 31 May – 1 June 2023!
We are thrilled to invite you to a challenge-driven and user-centred NeurotechEU hackathon! As a student or researcher, you will work in teams, drawing from all your experiences and expertise to find new and creative solutions to a complex and multifaceted challenge relevant to the NeurotechEU alliance.
So, what is the challenge?
After a 50 % majority vote in the NeurotechEU Student Council, the teams will be working on a challenge related to mental health. The chosen angle and exact theme will be revealed on the first day of the hack.
Profile of participants
The beauty of a hackathon is the different perspectives of each participant. Students (bachelor, master, PhD) and researchers within the broad field of neuroscience are the target group.
Why a challenge-driven hackathon?
A challenge-driven hackathon aims to unite people with various perspectives and engage them to work intensely to accelerate innovative ideas, solutions, and potential paths forward to pressing and relevant issues.
NeurotechEU is organising this hackathon in cooperation with Openlab Sthlm, an innovation centre working with social innovation in the public sector for ten years, together with the City of Stockholm, Region Stockholm and the four Stockholm universities, including Karolinska Institutet. Openlab believes that great societal innovations come from a deep understanding of the needs and experiences of the people connected to a challenge, ensuring relevant solutions that solve real needs. To support this way of thinking, the user-centred and creative problem-solving method design thinking is applied.
The Hack agenda
During the hackathon, which will take place on 31 May and 1 June, facilitators, coordinators and a back office will energise and support the teams and guide them through the hack process.
- We begin by deepening our understanding of the challenge by defining the needs of the people connected to it. There will be several resources and experts available for the teams to help them gain insights.
- Based on these insights, the teams will work together to find several potential ideas and solutions.
- The teams will devise one final idea, which they will pitch to a jury panel that will grade the projects based on specific assessment criteria.
- And finally, the award ceremony where the winning team will receive a nice prize.