• {Life Science} meets IT

    Hackathon, Heidelberg, 19th-21st May 2017

On 19th – 21st May 2017, EIT Health Germany GmbH, Heidelberg Startup Partners e.V. and Heidelberg University will organize the second “{Life Science} meets IT” Hackathon in Heidelberg. This unique event will bring together enthusiastic young professionals and students to develop innovative solutions for current and future healthcare challenges with the help of IT. Young entrepreneurs, engineers, IT specialists, designers and many more are invited to join this inspiring event.

Check out the documentation of the 2016 event and stay tuned for more information!


inspiring participants


real world challenges
(or bring your own)


high value prizes


hours of action


The following mentors and experts will be available to support progess of your challenge. We are currently adding mentors, so make sure to check back regularly.

Karin Arregui

Karin Arregui

Professor at the University of Applied Sciences Mannheim

Karin Arregui is Professor at the University of Applied Sciences Mannheim where she teaches Biotechnology Entrepreneurship among other subjects. She coaches healthcare start-ups and mentors laureates of the Cartier Entrepreneurship Awards. An alumni of Singapore’s jfdi start-up accelerator program she has coached Hackathons on Digital Health and other topics. Prior to her academic career she worked in medical device development. She studied chemistry at the RWTH Aachen and at the University of California Los Angeles and holds an Executive MBA from INSEAD.

Ciaran Behan

Ciaran Behan

Co-founder and Managing Director of Course Resource UG

Ciaran has a broad technology development and innovation background and continuously seeks ways to apply his energy, experience and agile approach to new and exciting challenges. Whether, mentoring individual life science professionals or developing novel training approaches for life science organisations, Ciaran leverages the many aspects of his broad technology and management background and experiences.

Ciaran has a degree in Controls and Robotics from the University of Hull, along with almost twenty five years of technology devleopment experience. His early career developed rapidly inside some of the largest multinational software corporations (Lotus (IBM), Microsoft and Oracle - where he became Director of Internationalisation for the CRM division). Later he reignited his passion for robotics, through life science technology development at his successful biotech startup, Biobotica LLC and later at EMBL Heidelberg. Most recently Ciaran has moved into a mentoring, coaching and consulting role at his Course Resource startup as well as being heavily involved in the Heidelberg Makerspace movement.

Andrea Kranzer

Andrea Kranzer

CEO of balloonas GmbH

Dr. Andrea Kranzer is an angel investor, investing in IT- and healthcare-Startups. Her special areas of expertise are strategy development, business modelling and marketing. Besides that, she is founder and CEO of „balloonas.com“, an internet plattform, which provides new ideas for kids birthday parties. She holds a PhD degree in healthcare economics and worked in Life Science/Medical for Roche Diagnostics, Bertelsmann and a consulting Company.

Frank Rust

Frank Rust

Co-founder, SOMMERRUST GmbH

As an Innovation Consultant, Frank always aims for the sweet spot at which viability, technological possibilities and customer needs meet. He is the co-founder of SOMMERRUST, a new consultancy that focuses on business model innovation and transformation for established companies.

Together with his co-founder, Frank has developed a user-centric methodology that uses both classic strategic management and Start-Up tools as well as Design Thinking in order to create innovations that deliver real value to the customer. Previously, Frank worked several years as a Design Thinking Coach and Solution Architect for SAP.

Daniela Amann

Daniela Amann

Head of Division Customer Retention & Provision at the Schwenninger Health Insurance

After having worked for many years at the German Employee Health Insurance (Deutsche Angestellten Krankenkasse - DAK) and the Technician Health Insurance (Techniker Krankenkasse – TK) and a degree in health economics (ebs) and as a systemic coach (CuBe), she has been working for the Schwenninger Health Insurance since 1998. As Head of Division at the Schwenninger Health Insurance she is currently responsible for contract design with care providers, provision management, cooperations and developments of offers. She has experience in various strategy projects for customer retention, offer innovations, organizational development and provision management, as well as in participation in congresses and lecturing about these topics in Germany and abroad.

Sonja Wilkens

Sonja Wilkens

Startup Support Manager of the City of Mannheim

For many years Sonja has been supporting startups. She gained experience as conveyor referent of an investment bank, as research assistant of the University Mannheim and has been working for more than 10 years as startup support manager. She is primarily in charge of funding issues.


Accommodation (as in hotel or hostel rooms) is not included in the ticket price. Most likely we will have to close the hackathon venues for a couple of hours per night (security and cleaning), so please make sure you have a place to sleep. We have reserved some hotel and hostel rooms.


Hotel Website
Keyword: „LifeScience meets IT“

approx. 2km from event venue
Special rate: Single Room 54€
Special rate: Double room 78€


The {Life Science} meets IT Hackathon is a joint initiative of EIT Health Germany GmbH, Heidelberg Startup Partners e.V. and Heidelberg University.

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