HealthHACK: Students on the hunt for intelligent health solutions

Published: 22 March 2024

Text: Anne-Marie Korseberg Stokke

Photo: Angelique Culvin

For the third consecutive year, OsloMet recently organized HealthHACK. This time it was in collaboration with The Life Science Cluster in Oslo Science Park. Students were challenged with real issues related to health and technology.

HealthHACK is a hackathon where OsloMet students tackle various issues related to health and technology. The Life Science Cluster members Aker Biomarine, Calluna Pharma, Arctic Bioscience, and Inven2, present the challenges and students from fields such as pharmacy, biology, AI, engineering, and entrepreneurship spend two intense days working towards a solution.

"Students get to tackle real-life examples from four members of the cluster. They present their results to a panel consisting of representatives from the Norwegian Medicines Agency, the industry, the university, and an investor. So they get to test their ideas in the real world," says Hanne Mette Kristensen, CEO of The Life Science Cluster.

From left: Hanne Mette Kristensen (The Life Science Cluster), Vibeke Telle-Hansen (OsloMet) og Anne Berit Walter (OsloMet).

Better health with better technology

Intelligent Health is a strategic initiative at OsloMet seeking to strengthen education, research, and innovation in health and technology. Intelligent Health aims to use technology to provide knowledge and solutions that promote health and prevent disease.

"The goal is to achieve better and more research, new knowledge, and expertise that are necessary for society. We want to collaborate more with the surrounding community, both private and public actors, and involve more disciplines within the university. We greatly appreciate the collaboration with The Life Science Cluster, which serves as a neutral partner for us towards the private sector," says Vibeke Telle-Hansen, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences at OsloMet.

At the end of the HealthHACK, the students participate in a pitch competition where each group has 10 minutes to present their innovative ideas.

Fatima Ali (on the left) and the other students had two intense days of work at OsloMet and in Oslo Science Park..

"This has been a fantastic experience. We have worked together in interdisciplinary teams to build something new and create innovative solutions. It has been very rewarding to see the value of the knowledge I have gained through my studies and to be able to use it in collaboration with others. This will be valuable when working in teams later in my career," says Fatima Ali, a student at Oslo Met.