25-27 October 2019
Prague / Czech Republic




Winning teams

1st prize
Data Gardeners
3rd prize
2nd prize
Fluffy Capybara
Special prize

Welcome to the Novartis Neurological Hackathon 2019!

What is a hackathon?
It is a focused 24 hours marathon of nonstop hacking during a weekend event where you and a small team get to build something new and exciting, alongside a whole bunch of like-minded people.

And what is the aim?
Hackers and innovators from the Czech Republic and Europe met to invent something new that can help a lot of people, cities, companies and others.

This Hackathon was focused on

helping people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis.

More than 70 hackers worked on the next big game-changing ideas in neurology.
Are you interested in and ready to hack brains? Have a look below to know what this Hackathon looked like and hack with us next time!

Prize Money for 3 winning teams

1st prize: 100.000 CZK

2nd prize: 50.000 CZK

3rd prize: 25.000 CZK

We already know the winners and will try to support them with other experts so we really help patients suffering from Multiple Sclerosis to cope with their daily challenges!

Hours of hacking
Delicious meals & coffee breaks
What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple Sclerosis is a neurological disease affecting ability of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to communicate with each other. Nerve cells communicate through transmission of nerve impulses over long neurites that are encased in an isolating substance. When suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, Immune system attacks the isolating substance and destroys it.

The disease affects mostly young adults (20 to 40 years old) & women 2-3 times more often than men.*

There are 2 to 150 patients per 100 000 inhabitants worldwide.**
Estimates refer to 15 to 18 thousands patients only in the Czech Republic.*

In life with Multiple Sclerosis, decrease of energy and life after being wheelchair bound are the major issues.

** Rosati G. The prevalence of multiple sclerosis in the world: an update. Neurol Sci. 2001 Apr;22(2):117-39
You can learn more about the illness here.

What do people with Multiple Sclerosis say?***

“Unfortunately, the disease symptoms are different in everyone’s case as well as progression of the disease is not the same for all. Someone is diagnosed and in a few months he’s in a wheelchair, another is holding for many years with minimal symptoms.”

“It started quietly – I couldn’t move my hand, occasionally it was tingling me. Things fell out of my hands. Then, I woke up one morning, and my legs were completely dead. I panicked as I did not know what it was.”

“Being more tired, I paradoxically started enjoying life more. Now, I strictly separate work and my private life, do more sports and above all I spend more time with my family. You never know when a relapse will come and then you might never stand on your feet again.”

“My life with Multiple Sclerosis? It was all about much bigger exhaustion compared to what I was used to.”

*** Social Media Listening for Multiple Sclerosis, performed for Novartis by Ipsos Healthcare, May-2019
  • Challenges Collection START

    Ideas for Challenges starts being collected
  • Challenges are collected

    Challenges are known and published

  • Hackers START applying

    3,2,1,… you can send your applications!

  • Hackers applications closing

    Hackers are on-boarded

  • Invitation of hackers

    Selected hackers will be invited to the Hackathon

  • Main event START

    Novartis Neurological Hackathon will start on Friday October 25th at 4 p.m.
  • Post-event

    Follow-up meeting for winning teams
    (Specific date TBD)


What challenges we focused on?

1. Personal motivator
Help patients to cope with multiple sclerosis by motivating them to do physical and mental exercises regularly, recommending a healthy diet, and reminding them to find life balance.

2. Stress detector
Develop a solution to detect and communicate the stress level and tiredness so that other people can understand the mood of the patients.

3. Home rehabilitation devices
Come up with devices that can rehabilitate or stimulate human body parts (e.g. neck) in domestic conditions.

4. Measurements needed for diagnosis
Create a device or software to measure/monitor various contributing factors that can affect the conditions of the patients and use them to predict the level of progression or possibility of relapses. These factors include vitamin intake, pulse rates, weather condition, plumb exposure, performance tests such as the Time 25-Foot Walk.

HubHub Palác ARA, Prague

Have a look at pictures from Neurological Hackathon 2019


  • FRIDAY 25 October
  • HubHub Palác ARA, Prague

16:00 Registration and Coffee
17:00 Group Photo
17:15 Welcome & Keynote Speeches
17:45 Multiple sclerosis introduction
18:15 Challenges presentation
18:30 Data & Tools Presentations
19:00 Mentor Introductions
20:00 Teams Formation

  • SATURDAY 26 October
  • HubHub Palác ARA, Prague

08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Recapitulation of Challenges & Rules
09:15 Hacking Starts
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Hacking Continues
19:00 Dinner
21:00 Hacking Continues

  • SUNDAY 27 October
  • HubHub Palác ARA, Prague

08:00 Breakfast
11:00 End of Hacking & Pitch Preparation
11:30 Lunch
12:00 DEMO Ceremony Starts
15:00 Winners Announced
15:30 Networking
16:30 Goodbye

One day follow-up meeting will be organized for the winning teams in Prague in November / December.
More details will be provided at the session.

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Network & Knowledge Partners:

CEE HacksPrague Maker Faire

Sdružení mladých sklerotiků ERGO Aktiv

Technology Partners:

Confidence Digital

Venue partner:

HUBHUB co-working space

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