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AmCham Recommends The third edition of Hacking Health Hackathon, Bucharest, June 8-9, 2019

The third edition of Hacking Health Hackathon, Bucharest, June 8-9, 2019

by Janssen, Johnson & Johnson Romania

Organizers: Johnson & Johnson Romania in collaboration with Smart Everything Everywhere

  • The objective Hacking Health Hackathon project is to generate innovative ideas and IT & C solutions that can have a positive impact on the health of patients in Romania and can improve digitization of the Romanian health system;
  • Enrollment in the competition is open until June 2, 2019, on the event website, to software and technology professionals and entrepreneurs, as well as to students and health professionals who have an affinity with the IT & C environment;
  • Johnson & Johnson Romania will award each of the three winning teams with $ 5,000 pre-seed funding to implement the developed solution.

Johnson & Johnson Romania continues its collaboration with Smart Everything Everywhere and launches Hacking Health 3.0 for the third year in a row, the most important health hackathon in the Central and Eastern Europe. During the two days of work, participants from all over the country will have the opportunity to implement their knowledge and experience in order to develop digital and educative platforms that facilitate an improved access to medical services, treatments and innovative solutions in the health field. As in the previous editions, the strategic partners of the event are the U.S. Embassy in Romania and the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania (AmCham Romania).

This year, the event takes place in the context of and during Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, before the start of the eHealth Week. The following themes are suggested to the participants by the organizers:

  • Technical solutions that can contribute in preventing and treatment of patients in the following specializations: oncology, hematology and immunology;
  • Applications for mental health and for improving the quality of life from this perspective;
  • Medical devices of the future.

People and teams who are interested in participating are encouraged to enroll by using the form that is available on the official website of the project, http://health-hackathon.ro, until June 2, 2019.

“Through its three divisions – pharmaceuticals, medical devices and consumer products, Johnson & Johnson is the world’s largest company in the health field. We are determined to transform this field through the adoption of the digital revolution and facilitating the use of data in a smart, efficient and safe way, to the benefit of the patients, science and research. Hacking Health Hackathon aims at concentrating the community around a common working platform, so that the IT&C professionals, the students, the entrepreneurs, the doctors and the patients will receive the opportunity to suggest digital solutions for health, which meet local needs in the health system which are still served from this point of view”, stated Christian Rodseth, Managing Director of Janssen, the Pharmaceutical Company of Johnson & Johnson in Romania.

While part of the projects of the winning teams of the previous editions are already in advanced development stages, other have been already launched and are used by the general public. Also this year, renowned professionals who work in software companies in the medical field or in the health field, as well as entrepreneurs, will jury and will provide mentoring during the hackathon.

Being launched in 2017, the “Hacking Health” initiative comes in the context in which Romania is one of the most important IT hubs in the region, and mobile devices usage is constantly growing. At national level, 87% of the Romanians have a smartphone and admit that the main benefits provided are mobility and the accessibility of the information[1]. Yet, Romania is ranked the last in Europe in terms of digital performance and competitiveness[2], in opposition to the recommendations of the international accredited institutions in both the medical and economic fields.

The Hacking Health Hackathon 3.0 (June 8-9, 2019) will take plat at Nod Makerspace – No 160 Splaiul Unirii, District 4, Bucharest

About Johnson & Johnson

At Johnson & Johnson, we are united and inspired by the care of each person. Our main objectives are research and science - we bring innovative ideas, products and services that support progress in people's health and well-being. Approximately 130,800 employees of Johnson & Johnson's over 250 headquarters are working together with partners in the healthcare area in the interest of over 1 billion people every day, around the world. For more information, please visit: https://www.jnj.com/.

About Smart Everything Everywhere

Smart Everything Everywhere works for a swift and lean integration into the European Digital Single Market, building on Romania’s competitive strengths. SEE provides a framework for accelerating Romania’s transition into the digital age, leveraging the country’s untapped digital potential – enabling it to grow, scale and become a global innovation hub. SEE focuses on three pillars of the digital future: industry 4.0; smart cities and citizens and the digital state.


[1] "Use of Mobile Devices in Romania", Ernst & Young Romania and Doingbusiness.ro, 2016, Accessed: May, 2019

[2] „The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 2018 - Country Profile Romania”

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