Over 70 healthcare professionals and technology experts came together on the 22nd and 23rd of June for the Dublin Health Hack: a 24 hour marathon to create an app which improves healthcare. The winner created a solution providing games to support children with Cystic Fibrosis to do their exercises.

Healthcare professionals were given just 1 minute to pitch their ideas and challenges to the audience of innovative developers and designers. Over 10 teams were formed and 24 hours of dynamic brainstorming and coding ensued, shining a light on the pace at which innovation can be explored.

On Sunday, teams presented the results of their work to a panel of judges spanning the spectrum of healthcare, academia and business.

Bairbre Nic Aongusa, Assistant Secretary General at the Department of Health presented the prizes in a number of categories including Productivity, Health Benefits and Potential to Make a Billion.


The overall winning solution is a device, linked to a CFit iOS game, aimed at helping children with Cystic Fibrosis to do vital exercises. The judges were impressed with the way team “Kipster” created a solution that met a real health need through a novel overlap between hardware, software and gamification.

Other winners included:

  • The midwife-led Smart team that generated a system aimed at improving efficiency, safety and time management for community midwife teams.
  • The CPD Health Hub team that produced an application aimed at improving health professional training using gamification and social media. This was deemed to have greatest commercial potential.
  • The Asthma Adventure Team that developed an app to incentivise compliance with asthma medication, targeted at children aged 8+. 

Messages of support were received from both Dr. James Reilly, T.D., Minister for Health and Sean Donaghy, Director of eHealth in Northern Ireland. "We fully support the Health Hack in Dublin this weekend as a terrific opportunity for both experts in healthcare and in technology to explore creative innovations that will take us into the future", said Reilly.

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