21 amazing teams participated at the AIA-Konica Minolta Digital Health Hackathon on 12 and 13 December 2015. With ideas that either help monitor health, modify health-related behaviour or improve health via the workplace, each team gave their best shot at creating technology solutions fit for a Smart Nation...
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.
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!
Date Tuesday, 8 December Time 6.30pm to 9pm Venue Workcentral, #06-01, Singapore Shopping Centre, 190 Clemenceau Ave, Singapore 239924
Hackathon – Day 1
Date Saturday, 12 December Time 9am to 9.30pm Venue Workcentral, #06-01, Singapore Shopping Centre, 190 Clemenceau Ave, Singapore 239924
Hackathon – Day 2You’ll get to add final touches to your prototype and get ready for the final presentations.
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.
SpeakersPrashant 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
MentorsPrashant 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
JudgesClive 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
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
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: http://www.upsingapore.com/code-of-conduct/] 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.