UCB leads epilepsy hackathon to support patient needs through digital tools and services

On 24-26th April, 2015, developers, designers and epilepsy experts (doctors and patients) will come together at two simultaneous hackathons in Brussels, Belgium and Atlanta, US.


The Goal

To build innovative new digital tools for people with epilepsy and their caregivers.

“Epilepsy affects millions of people all over the world. At UCB, we want to support patients, their families and caregivers, with digital solutions that can connect them to valuable sources of knowledge and experience that can make a meaningful difference to their day-to-day living,” said Erik Janssen, Vice President Global Patient Solutions Epilepsy, UCB. “Hackathons are rapidly establishing themselves as a fast, effective way to develop innovative digital healthcare solutions. Creative, highly skilled online developers and designers relish the challenge of coming up with practical, workable prototypes that can be of real value to people with a severe disease such as epilepsy.”

At the Hackathon, digital experts will join forces with epilepsy specialists and patients to build  prototype digital tools aimed at supporting people living with epilepsy. Participants will face four broad challenges including accessing effective support and reliable information, empowering people to talk about their epilepsy, and knowing what questions to ask following diagnosis.

As well as developing digital solutions, teams at ‘Hack Epilepsy’ will compete for prize money for the most innovative prototype. Each team’s proposal will be judged according to its:

  • Ability to meet the real needs of people with epilepsy
    Creativity, innovation and originality
    Feasibility of implementation
    Quality of presentation and demonstration

For more information and to register for Hack Epilepsy, go to www.hackepilepsy.com