AIA-Konica Minolta Digital Health Hackathon

We want the best healthcare for all, but it must be accessible and affordable. This will continue to be an important driver of success for all countries.

The potential of technology to prevent, diagnose and treat disease and improve our well-being is poised to enter a new phase of dramatic growth. It is not just innovation in technology that will provide improved outcomes, but the business models that deliver the solutions.

We wanted to explore whether we could create solutions that moved beyond existing applications, some of them may just be collecting and displaying data. The future is ensuring the data is part of a closed loop system that provides updates, actions and monitoring to evaluate efficacy.

At the AIA-Konica Minolta Digital Health Hackathon we challenged participants to create solutions that would outline the vision of what healthcare in a Smart Nation – Singapore – should look like.

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Advances in digital technology, including the miniaturisation of electronics, have changed the landscape in terms of disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment on a tremendous scale. This helps ensure everyone – not just patients – is proactively, adequately and continually evaluated.

Smart use of technology will enable the deployment of more data-driven, localised solutions, calling on the intervention of healthcare professionals only when required.

The recent launch of the national HealthHub is an important step in making our information available to healthcare providers when needed. In time, we can all enjoy better, more personalised services, as the hub is connected to a range of systems.

Taking greater control over our healthcare

There is a myriad of health applications for mobile phones – our most personal device – from self-tracking to medication reminders to self-diagnosis, which as an example, taps into imaging technologies and analytics to let users to detect skin problems.

Applications for greater self-awareness of our own health conditions enable the public to be more proactive in seeking information and getting advice on their conditions and symptoms. This has massive positive implications on disease detection and management, and hold great potential to reduce the load on the healthcare system.

We can also now use Internet of Things (IoT) to remotely monitor and capture conditions and then transmit to healthcare professionals. Services in the ‘cloud’ leave physical clinics and hospitals to focus on acute conditions, emergencies and more hands-on treatments.

• How can we use pervasive mobile technology to simplify once-complicated tasks and enable us to better understand our health conditions? • How can we bring the clinic or hospital via the ‘cloud’ into the Smart Home? • How can we close the loop – from self-assessment to curated management options to preventative activities?


Modifying our behaviour to drive better outcomes

Everyday, we read about the ageing population and the increase of chronic disease, and at the same time, advances in understanding and capabilities in disease prevention and treatment – and of course, as a combination of these factors, the increase of healthcare cost to society.

There is a disconnect: we know more than ever what is causing health problems, yet many don’t seem to practise “prevention is better than cure”. Accepting that people live longer and have access to new procedures means we need to manage cost and proactively improve healthcare and our wellbeing.

So much about general wellness has to do with Us. Our behaviour.

• What systems or applications can we design to enable behavioural change? • How can we empower people to have greater awareness of their health and take more responsibility to adopt strategies for preventable conditions? • We want solutions not just for ourselves but also for our families, so we can tackle such emerging problems as childhood obesity.


Improving our health and well-being at home via our workplace

Increasingly, corporations realise that the health and well-being of their employees is not something to be managed just in their own time. Most working adults spend more than a third of their lives at work, so developing a healthy lifestyle needs to include work time.

For the employers, the benefits are enormous – reduction in absenteeism, sick leave and presenteeism, as well as increased productivity and overall positive impact on the bottom line. Incorporating healthy lifestyle programmes in the workplace leveraging peer support increases the success of the programmes. Such support can boost employee camaraderie and drive team effectiveness.

Indeed, in recognising the importance of a more holistic approach to health and wellbeing, forward-thinking employers will have happier, more productive employees.

• What new innovative models aligning new and existing programmes in and out of the workplace can we design for corporations? • How can we leverage technology and analytics to test, learn and implement better programmes?

If you’d like to learn more about the themes and challenges of the hackathon, and about the rapidly changing healthcare space, join us at the Pre-Hackathon Workshop!


Pre-Hackathon Workshop

Programme Outline • Welcome by Prashant Agarwal, Director EDGE and Managing Partner EDGE LAB, AIA • Welcome by Rachel Goh, Director Business Innovation Center (Asia Pacific), Konica Minolta & Allan Sumiyama, Key Representative, Konica Minolta R&D Headquarters • Panel Discussion: Hackathon challenges & opportunities: – Prashant Agarwal, Director EDGE and Managing Partner EDGE LAB, AIA – Jimmy Wong, Deputy Director, Business Innovation Center (Asia Pacific), Konica Minolta – Julien de Salaberry, Chief Innovation Officer, The Propell Group – Dr Wong Mun Yew, CEO & Founder, Asia Genomics and Partner – Business Development, Formation 8 • What healthcare access problems are you trying to solve? – Veronica Chew, Healint • What to expect at the hackathon by Derrick Chiang, CEO, Padang & Co • Idea pitching and team formation

Date Tuesday, 8 December Time 6.30pm to 9pm Venue Workcentral, #06-01, Singapore Shopping Centre, 190 Clemenceau Ave, Singapore 239924

Hackathon – Day 1

Programme Outline • Welcome from AIA and Konica Minolta • Recap themes and challenges • Idea pitching and team formation – for those of you who are not already in a team • Mentor consultations to help you develop your idea / prototype (Check out a full list of the mentors here.)

Date Saturday, 12 December Time 9am to 9.30pm Venue Workcentral, #06-01, Singapore Shopping Centre, 190 Clemenceau Ave, Singapore 239924

Hackathon – Day 2

You’ll get to add final touches to your prototype and get ready for the final presentations.
Programme Outline • Presentation clinics to help you refine your presentation • Team presentations to judging panel • Judges’ deliberations • Results announcement / closing

Date Sunday, 13 December Time 9am to 6pm Venue Workcentral, #06-01, Singapore Shopping Centre, 190 Clemenceau Ave, Singapore 239924


Check out the speakers who shared their insights about the hackathon challenges at the Pre-Hackathon Workshop, mentors that were present at the hackathon to support teams and the members of the judging panel for the final presentations on Sunday.



Prashant Agarwal, Director EDGE and Managing Partner EDGE LAB, AIA Allan Sumiyama, Key Representative, Konica Minolta R&D Headquarters Rachel Goh, Director Business Innovation Center (Asia Pacific), Konica Minolta Jimmy Wong, Deputy Director Business Innovation Center (Asia Pacific), Konica Minolta Julien de Salaberry, Chief Innovation Officer, The Propell Group Dr Wong Mun-Yew, CEO & Founder, Asia Genomics & Partner – Business Development, Formation 8 Veronica Chew, Advisor & Co-founder, Healint  


Prashant Agarwal, Director EDGE and Managing Partner EDGE LAB, AIA Joanna Ong-Ash, Head of Brand and Corporate Communications, AIA Singapore Jimmy Wong, Deputy Director Business Innovation Center (Asia Pacific), Konica Minolta Karen Wong, Director, ‎Healthcare Cluster, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore Lian Yanru, Programs Partner, EDGE LAB Jan Reinmueller, Principal Advisor, KPMG Innovation Ventures Gaurav Goel, Associate Director, KPMG Innovation Ventures Edmund Lim, Customer Experience Manager, KPMG Innovation Ventures Dr Wong Mun-Yew, CEO & Founder, Asia Genomics & Partner – Business Development, Formation 8 David Ng, Consultant (Former Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Prudential) Dr Adam Chee, Founder & Chief Advocacy Officer, BinaryHealthCare Sophia Van, Vice President, Big Data & Smart Analytics Centre, Swiss Re  


Clive Anderson, Group Senior Regional Counsel, AIA Group Allan Sumiyama, Key Representative, Konica Minolta R&D Headquarters Dr Ng Wee Keong, Associate Chair (Research), School of Computer Engineering, NTU Ash Singh, Managing Partner, Nest Singapore and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, INSEAD Nick Teoh, Distribution Technology Partner, EDGE LAB
Prashant Agarwal, Director EDGE and Managing Partner EDGE LAB, AIA
A marketer, innovator and connector, Prashant has held senior leadership roles across disciplines. His customer-first orientation enables him to span industries as diverse as packaged goods, technology and insurance, and build brands across direct, retail and online (B2B and B2C). Prashant built Unilever’s rural distribution in north-India, managed Direct Marketing at CapitalOne (USA), was CMO at Genworth (formerly GE Financial), lead APJ Marketing at Dell, and was SVP Marketing at DBS. At AIA he created labs with A*Star and NTU to accelerate AIA’s innovation agenda. He is also an angel investor. Prashant has an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and an ExecEd Alum from Darden (USA), IMD (Switzerland) and IIM-A (India)
Joanna Ong-Ash, Head, Brand & Corporate Communications, AIA Singapore
Joanna is currently the Head of Brand and Corporate Communications for AIA Singapore with responsibility over the full spectrum of strategic brand management inclusive of brand governance, communication and engagement through to public and media relations, sponsorship, corporate social responsibility and digital engagement. Her role is focused on developing consistent end-to-end integrated communication strategies that enhance consumer preference to the brand and deliver sustainable customer value and demand-led profitable growth. For over 17 years, she has held senior marketing positions at several financial institutions including American Express, MasterCard Worldwide, DBS Bank and United Overseas Bank. Before joining AIA, she served at Aviva Singapore as the Head of Brand and Marketing Services.
Clive Anderson, Group Senior Regional Counsel, AIA Group
Clive Anderson is responsible for leadership and oversight to the legal function in support of AIA’s operations in Singapore, Thailand, China, Taiwan and Indonesia. He also has responsibility for AIA’s Intellectual Property Portfolio as well IT contracting. Prior to joining AIA, Clive worked for a multi-national financial services firm where he was the Chief Technology Counsel, responsible for the firm’s global IT contracting and outsourcing initiatives before taking on the role of Chief Counsel for the firm’s Individual Wealth Management operations. He was responsible for the oversight of all legal and compliance issues for the firm’s sizable wealth management business.
Allan Sumiyama, Key Representative, Konica Minolta R&D Headquarters
Allan is responsible for new business development and technology strategy at Konica Minolta, including healthcare. He also oversees the effort to transform how Konica Minolta innovates, by defining and implementing a lean innovation process and training the next generation of leaders within the Konica Minolta R&D and new business development organisations. He is a visiting lecturer at Waseda Business School’s MBA program in Tokyo, teaching a course in technology management. Prior to Konica Minolta, he spent over 15 years in business development and marketing of enterprise software products and e-commerce. platforms in the Japanese market.
Rachel Goh, Director, Business Innovation Centre, Asia Pacific, Konica Minolta
An entrepreneurial corporate leader, Rachel has 32 years of experience in creating IT Solutions Business. Her forte is in pioneering new business and turning in profits. Most recent senior management roles held were as Vice President of Business Applications at SingTel, Director of Application Services, Asia at Hewlett-Packard/Electronic Data Systems, and Consulting Director at SAP.
Jimmy Wong, Deputy Director, Business Innovation Centre, Asia Pacific, Konica Minolta
Jimmy has more than 20 years of startup and operating experience and spent 15 years working at startups and multinational companies in Silicon Valley. He also worked extensively with Asia Pacific customers and partners in China and Singapore, and was instrumental in starting and growing the Asia Pacific regional business at various Silicon Valley companies. Jimmy held business and marketing management positions at Juniper Networks, Nortel Networks, Hewlett Packard, and Alteon WebSystems, a leader that defined a completely new market for load-balancing Web switches in the data center that successfully went IPO, and was subsequently acquired by Nortel Networks in 2000.
Karen Wong, Director, ‎Healthcare Cluster, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
Karen has over 22 years of experience in the Singapore Public Service, of which 19 years were spent with the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA). Karen also served as Chief Information Officer at the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports from 2005 to 2007 and Information Systems Manager at the Subordinate Courts of Singapore from 2002 to mid 2005. In her current appointment as Director (Healthcare and Wellness) in the Development Group of IDA, Karen is responsible for strategising, planning and implementing transformational sector-wide programmes with healthcare partners in both the public and private sectors in support of the larger Smart Nation vision for Singapore.
Nick Teoh, Distribution Technology Partner, EDGE LAB
Nick is the Distribution Technology Partner for EDGE and Associate Director of Distribution Platforms for AIA Group. His team provides support to AIA’s 16 countries in the implementation of new technologies which transform the advisors’ day to day operations and enhance customer experience, including the interactive Point of Sale (iPoS) platform that enables AIA advisors to engage with their customers in a completely paperless manner anywhere and at any time. Born in Malaysia, Nick studied and worked in Australia before moving to Singapore. He holds a Bachelor of (Computer) Engineering and Master of Information Technology from the University of Melbourne and a MBA from Melbourne Business School.
Lian Yanru, Programs Partner, EDGE LAB Yanru manages the research projects at EDGE LAB. Prior to that, she spent 5 years in the government sector to help local SMEs and start-ups build capabilities in the Intellectual Property (IP) Management, from IP creation to IP protection, and eventually IP commercialisation. She also has experience in IT systems design in the telecom industry.
Jan Reinmueller, Principal Advisor, KPMG Innovation Ventures
Jan is an experienced principal advisor with expertise in digital & analytics strategy. He manages the transformation of organization’s into digital enterprises by creating new business models and/or disruptive products. Jan brings international experience and knowledge of markets in US, Europe, India and ASEAN. He has managed global teams in multiple locations over the last decade.
Gaurav Goel, Associate Director, KPMG Innovation Ventures
Gaurav has 9 years of advisory experience in digital and banking strategy. He has broad global professional experience advising of leading organizations in ASEAN, Europe, Middle East and Australia region. More recently, he has successfully drafted digital strategy for Retail, SME and Private banks in APAC region.
Edmund Lim, Customer Experience Manager, KPMG Innovation Ventures
Edmund has broad range of experiences across the different aspects of digital businesses. His area of expertise focuses on Digital Strategy, Customer Experience and Digital Transformation. He has been involved in numerous digital transformation projects with high-profile multi-national clients from Retail, Healthcare and Pubic Services across the APAC region
Dr Wong Mun-Yew, Founder & CEO, Asia Genomics & Partner – Business Development, Formation 8
Dr Wong Mun-Yew is an investor, entrepreneur and a medical doctor. Mun-Yew is the Founder & CEO of Asia Genomics Pte Ltd, a venture-capital backed Singapore molecular diagnostics company. He is also the Singapore-based Asian Business Operating Partner at USA venture capital firm Formation 8 Partners, focusing on Singapore and South-East Asia. He was previously Senior Vice President at EDB Investments Pte Ltd, where he led the Cleantech investment team, and headed EDBI’s San Francisco office. He started investing when he joined healthcare investment firm Bio*One Capital in 2005.
Julien de Salaberry, Propell Group
Julien is the founder of The Propell Group and has over 15 years of experience in healthcare with leading brands such as Eli Lilly, Boston Scientific, Baxter, GSK, and Merck & Co. He is also an advisor to startups and incubators in healthcare & technology in emerging high growth markets, as well as being a private investor in early stage and promising SMEs. He is the co-author of iDisrupted (published Nov 2014), which focuses on creating an understanding of the significant technological changes that are just beginning to reshape our daily lives. He is also, together with his partners, currently launching HealthStartups Asia, which aims to create greater momentum in the Asia healthtech space by raising the visibility of exciting new startups which have set out to transform health services by leveraging digital technology in the Asia-Pacific markets.
David Ng, President & CMO, Silverline Mobile
David is currently President & CMO of Silverline Mobile, a mobile and smart home service designed to help older adults live healthy, connected and secure lives. He is passionate about all things healthcare and ageing related and would like to see how technology can help people stay healthy, easily access healthcare at lower costs and live well. David was previously the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Prudential Singapore, responsibility for driving product development, customer marketing, analytics, high net worth markets, investments and corporate communications. He also led the company’s initiatives in healthcare strategy and the Life Insurance Association’s collaboration with the Ministry of Health in the implementation of Medishield Life. He has spent over 12 years with Prudential working in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and across the Asia Pacific region in distribution, product, business development, strategy and marketing roles.
Dr Adam Chee, Founder & Chief Advocacy Officer, BinaryHealthCare
Dr Adam Chee works with BinaryHealthCare, a social enterprise that strives to bridge the eHealth divide by enabling sustainable innovation in patient-centered care. Adam brings 13 years of experience and expertise in strategy & operations, technology & workflow advisory, implementation & adoption of eHealth across ASEAN, North Asia and the Middle East. Adam had a successful career in the IT industry before venturing into Health Informatics in 2002, where he works across the healthcare ecosystem, including the primary care sector, private & public tertiary hospitals, research institutes, government health agencies and NGOs across the globe.
Veronica Chew, Co-founder & CMO, Healint
Veronica leads the marketing and business development efforts at Veronica has over 14 years of experience in medical devices and pharmaceutical industries, bringing affordable innovation into emerging markets. Her work with GE Healthcare is often coined as “reverse innovation” and cited in publications such as Harvard Business Review and Businessweek.
Sophia Van, Vice President, Big Data & Smart Analytics Centre, Swiss Re
Sophia Van is Vice President of Big Data & Smart Analytics Centre at Swiss Re, a leading global reinsurer, where she is leading Big Data organization transformation for APAC to continue strengthening Swiss Re position as a knowledge company and a thought leader in this evolving area. Previous to her current engagement, she established expertise in using smart analytics to support sales, CRM, strategy development, and operation for insurance and healthcare industries.



Check out the winning ideas from the hackathon!

Users’ heart rate used as a unique identifier to mitigate identity fraud, such as medical ID and data theft. Software detects arrhythmias to passively identify people. Can be used in hospitals, insurance companies, payments service providers, etc.   Back to ideas page

BRIO takes a family approach to healthcare with a platform that makes it easy and rewarding for users and their loves ones to get their health screening done. It provides recommendations on health screening services and a booking system. Targeted to young, tech-savvy users but also serves as a means of reaching older generation through […]

LifeStak is a lifestyle re-design tool that learns people’s routine and allows them make adjustments by scheduling health and fitness activities. Through machine learning, the platform gathers and incorporates continuous feedback to help users stay on track.   Back to ideas page

A mobile platform to allow patients to monitor blood sugar levels on a daily basis. The app provides realtime feedback to nudge diabetes patients to make better, healthier choices.


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The top two teams from the hackathon will get a chance to pitch for entry to the AIA-Konica Minolta Digital Health Accelerator.



What is UP Singapore

“Urban Prototyping” is a new movement where people from the public, private and people sectors come together to tackle the wide range of social and environmental challenges facing our cities. Urban Prototyping (UP) is a platform managed by Padang & Co, the Open Innovation Company, for crowdsourcing ground-breaking innovations – creating technology and data-enabled enterprises by giving participants access to new technologies and data. At the heart of this platform is a UP Singapore community of 8,000 innovators and change-makers.

Do I need to be able to code to participate?

Not necessary. We welcome people with different skillsets and would expect everyone to contribute to their respective teams. We ask you to indicate what type of participant you are at registration, so we know the mix.

It’s my first UP Singapore hackathon. What exactly will happen during the hackathon weekend?

Our hackathons are intended to be a fun work event, where people volunteer their time and skills to work on their ideas in teams.

The hackathon will start on Saturday morning. On Saturday, our mentors and support teams will be at hand help you develop your idea and prototype. Most of Saturday and Sunday consists of work time for the teams, so please bring your laptop and any other equipment or materials that you need to work on your idea / prototype. Food and drink are provided throughout the weekend.

The weekend culminates in pitch presentations on the Sunday afternoon, and prizes are awarded.

There is an idea pitching session that happens both at the workshop and on Saturday morning. If you have an idea, you can do a one-minute pitch to the audience to attract people to join your team. Do think about your pitch in advance!

Please also see the UP hackathon code of conduct. [link to:] Check out the UP Singapore blog post “How to Hack a Hackathon” for tips and tricks to make the most of your hackathon experience here!

Is attendance at the pre-hackathon workshop mandatory? What is in the workshop?

Attendance is not mandatory, but is highly encouraged. It will be a useful orientation to the digital health sector and is a good primer for the hackathon. We introduce the challenges and invite experts to give these the context.

How many people are allowed in a team? Must I form a team beforehand?

All teams should have 3 to 5 people. You will have two opportunities to form or join teams – at the Pre-Hackathon Workshop and on Saturday morning at the hackathon.

Are the participants free to use any technologies?

Yes, you are free to use any technologies. WiFi is provided, and please bring your own laptop.

Are the participants free to use external datasets?

Yes, you are free to use any external datasets that complement or mash-up with the datasets released for this hackathon. You shall be responsible appropriate use of these external datasets, subject to the originators’ terms and conditions.

What is the closing date for registration for the hackathon?

We accept registrations up to the start of the hackathon on 12 December. However, as space is limited, we encourage you to register as soon as you can.

Do the participants need to be present throughout the weekend? Must participants stay overnight?

There is no restriction on your movement. Just make sure that all the team members work out your respective roles and responsibilities. The workspace will stay open until 9.30pm on Saturday. But you are not required to work overnight. We’d like everyone to have a good night’s sleep and come in fresh on Sunday!

Is there any age limit for the participants?

There is no age limit. We welcome anyone of any age, so long as they have something to contribute. However, if you are below 18 years old, please let us know ahead of time, so we can prepare a parental / guardian consent form for you.

Why do you need a deposit of $15 at registration?

The $15 deposit is only to ensure that participants remain committed to attend the hackathon. Once you check in at the hackathon on Saturday morning, the full amount will be refunded.



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