• {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!


Course of Action

Participate in our Life Science Meets IT Hackathon and enjoy an exciting weekend with inspiring and like-minded people.
The following course of action is a overview of the events.

Friday 19.05.2016

17.30 Registration

18.00 Welcome

18.20 Presentation of Challenges and Teambuilding


20.00 Start working

Saturday 20.05.2017


11.00 Coaches and Support

12.00 LUNCH Lecture

13.00 Coaches and Support


Sunday 21.05.2017



13.00 Pitch Training

16.00 Final Pitches

18.30 DINNER and Networking


inspiring participants


real world challenges
(or bring your own)


high value prizes


hours of action

  • Standard Ticket
    79 €
    • 54 hours of intense action and networking
    • Catering from Friday evening till Sunday evening
    • Interesting challenges
    • Competent coaches
  • Early Bird Ticket (ended)
    39 €
    • 54 hours of intense action and networking
    • Catering from Friday evening till Sunday evening
    • Interesting challenges
    • Competent coaches
  • Pitch / Ceremonial Award Ticket
    19 €
    • Entrance to the final pitch presentations and award ceremony (Sunday afternoon and evening only)
    • Drinks and snacks
    • Networking


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.

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.

Bodo Brückner

Bodo Brückner

Entrepreneurship Manager at German EIT Health GmbH

After his studies of Biology at the University of Heidelberg, Bodo Brückner was awarded his doctorate at the Center of Molecular Biology (ZMBH) in Heidelberg. He then started postdoc positions at the Instituto de Parasitología y Biomedicina "López-Neyra" in Granada (Spain) and at the DKFZ in Heidelberg. At the DKFZ he worked on cancer epigenetics and was involved in several translational research projects with Cancer Research United Kingdom, Clavis Pharma ASA, Bayer HealthCare and Beiersdorf AG. He also worked as a consultant scientist (2011-2016) and as as an innovation manager at BioRN Clustermanagement (2011-2015). To foster life science entrepreneurship and the creation of start-ups, Dr. Brückner teaches Master and PhD students at the Biotech Entrepreneurship Training Program at Heidelberg University. He is also an expert for Science4Life.

Since April 2015, Bodo Brückner has been working as Entrepreneurship Manager at German EIT Health GmbH. He is also member of the EIT Health Education Committee and leads the Digital Hub in EIT Health Campus.

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.

Eligiusz Skwara

Eligiusz Skwara

CEO at Concepts2Capital GmbH

Eligiusz is the founder and CEO of Concepts2Capital GmbH, a business-consulting company located in Mannheim, Germany. His expertise lies in the areas of Company Building, Business Development and Investor-Readiness. His motto: The ability to think in Value Chains and Business Models is crucial, when building innovative and successful companies.

Before he founded Concept2Capital, Eligiusz was investment manager of a venture capital fund. He started his career at Ernst&Young in the transaction advisory department, serving national and international clients.

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.

Helia B. Schönthaler

Helia B. Schönthaler

Technology Transfer Manager at technology transfer heidelberg GmbH

Dr. Helia B. Schönthaler is a Molecular Scientist by training and has worked for many years at international institutions in different research areas. Her research was published in 26 publications. She obtained additional training in Science Management and Entrepreneurship at the IE Business School in Madrid and could gain first spin-off experiences there. Helia now works as a Technology Transfer Manager with a focus on spin-offs for the technology transfer heidelberg GmbH. Her task is to identify and evaluate inventions, as well as taking care of business ideas and startup projects.

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.

Katharina Klotzbach

Katharina Klotzbach

Director Startup and Competence Center CUBEX41

Katharina accompanies innovative MedTech-Startups in close collaboration with the Mannheim Medical Technology Cluster. Within her role as center director she supports amongst others founders and founders to be to integrate themselves and their business idea into the strong network of research, industry and clinic as well as into the diversified startup environment Mannheim.

Raquel Riera

Raquel Riera

Head of Innovation and Talent Development

Raquel Riera, she holds and MBA for ESADE and a Postgraduate degree in Management of Innovation and R&D projects. She has more than 5 years of experience in specialized consultancy in life sciences in Antares Consulting and EY developing projects in the healthcare sector for several types of clients, including insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and healthcare providers, among others. She is now Responsible of the Innovation Fellowship program at Biocat.

Silvia Ramirez

Silvia Ramirez

Project Manager Biocat

Silvia Ramirez owns a PhD in Biomedicine, degree in Biology and Master in Pharmaceutical Industries by CESIF. Prior to joining Biocat, she worked over 5 years as a researcher in the Oncology department at IDIBELL, Barcelona. Later, she continued her career as a Postdoctoral Fellow in The Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, being awarded with a Boeringher Ingelheim fellowship. For her last 3 years, she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at BioMedX Innovation Center, Heidelberg, sponsored by Merck. Nowadays, at Biocat, she is responsible for leading strategic projects that favour growth and consolidation of the biotechnology and medical technology sectors in Catalonia, especially those related to promote the creation and growth of heathtech companies.

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€


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Hackthon: Life Science Meets IT