The Victoria Health Hackathon


Thank you to all the participants of the First Victoria Health Hackathon.

Winning Teams

Overall Winners ($750): Vivek Pissay, Jayesh Vekariya, Possum Nuada, Pallavi Phutane, Maximilian Krempl addressing Challenge #4 Forensic Nurse Examination Program (Paging system)
Second Place ($500): The Micromanagers - Brent Godau, Maryam Jahanshahi, David Hamdi, Gordon Borchart addressing Challenge #1 Novel sieving device for separating microspheres
Third Place ($250): de Novo - Vanessa Chan, Emma Darby, Liam Welgan-Gunn, Gerrit van Rensburg addressing Challenge #1 Novel sieving device for separating microspheres
Honorable mention the MicroCoffee Filters team who also address Challenge #1

We are hosting the first ever health and regenerative medicine themed Hackathon here in Victoria during September 2018. Hackathons are focused events which bring together interdisciplinary teams to develop innovative solutions to front-line healthcare problems. This event is being held with support from NSERC, the UVic Centre of Biomedical Research, the BC Regenerative Medicine Initiative, Starfish Medical, and Island Health, VILS, VIATEC, and from UVic the Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Science, RPKM, and CAMTEC.

CASH PRIZES FOR 1ST, 2ND AND 3RD PLACE TEAMS Sponsored by Island Health
and Special PRIZE donated by CAMTEC Facility for Biomolecular Sample Preparation (FBS)

Event format: 

On September 7 we held the kickoff event where we presented 5 challenges to the hackers and enable them to create teams. The teams have until the hacking weekend to think about their approach to challenges. During this period, we will have a team of mentors who will answer questions about the challenges during that time.

The hackathon itself will take place at Fort Tectoria September 28-30 with the solutions being judged on Sunday with an awards ceremony to follow.

Friday, 28 Sept
6:00 - 7:00 PM Mingle, Food and Refreshments
7:00 PM  Offical Presentation outlining all guidelines
7: 30 PM to Saturday 6:00 PM - Hacking

Saturday, 29 Sept
Hacking all day until 6:00 PM

Sunday, 30 Sept
10:30 AM Presentations, Judging and Awards with Brunch

The most important thing to have is enthusiasm for tackling important health related challenges! 

Information from the Kick-off Event

Presentation Victoria Health Hackathon:

Health Challenges Information Sheets and Presentations with Mentor information included

Challenge #1 Novel sieving device for separating microspheres

Challenge # 2 Non-agitating device for patients living With dementia

Challenge #3 Developing terminal devices for prostheses

Challenge # 4 Forensic Nurse Examination Program

Challenge # 5 Real-time Fall Prediction & Prevention in Hospitalized Patients

Teams accepting the Challenge

Challenge #1 Novel sieving device for separating microspheres

   MicroCoffee Filters: Evan Dungute, Mike Davidoff, Abhishele Chatrath, Sukhi Singh,  Alex Meudez
   de Novo: Vanessa Chan, Emma Darby, Chloe Bremner, Liam Welgah-Gunn, Gerrit van Rensburg
   The Sieving Wonders: Laura Lavallee, Jose Guerrero, Anna Fei, Noushin Nabavi,
    Alyssa  Zicari
   The Micromanagers: Brent Godau, Maryam Jahanshahi, David Hamdi, Cordon Borchert

Challenge #2 Non-agitating device for patients living With dementia
    Team Rocket:
Sahil Dawka, Sara Quist, Katrina Good, Manjinder Cheema

Challenge #3 Developing terminal devices for prostheses

   JASS: Jaskaran Sini, Ablinau Garg, Sujay Damani, Samantha Roy
   Hymh: Misha Hasan, Helena Tyson, Yichun Zhao, Helen Spry, Emily van der Kamp

Challenge #4 Forensic Nurse Examination Program

   Anton Nikitenko, Sameer Grewal, Possum Nuada
   Vivek Pissay, Jayesh Swami
Challenge #5 Real-time Fall Prediction & Prevention in Hospitalized Patients

   FallFix: Dee Hoyana, Jessica Janse van Rensburg, Adeshina Alani, Ivan Martell, Narmadha  Chandramohan, Dennis Natembeya

If your name isn't listed and you would like to join a team or start a new one please contact me at 

Mentors available to assist that aren't part of a challenge:

Kris Gadareh, CEng, FIMechE;
Kris is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the UK Institution of Mechanical Engineers (  He has a background in education and the design, development and application of assistive device technology in the rehabilitation of patients with neurological disorders.
Research interests are in the investigation and measurement of balance instability in patients with peripheral nervous system disorders, as well as fall prevention
and recovery in the elderly population.

Ludovic Begue,
Consultant in business intelligence;
Experience sponsoring iot hackathon with a law firm and hosting an internal hackathon on public health data in my previous consulting company agile DSS in Montreal. New in Victoria.

Mohsen Akbari, Professor, Mechanical Engineering;

After spending 24 hours hacking from Friday September 28th until Saturday September 29th, the teams gathered on Sunday to give 5 minute presentations to our distinguished panel of judges listed below:
Alexandra Reid – NSERC Research & Innovation Development Officer
Angeli Mitra - Infection Prevention Professional from Island Health
Charlie Lamb- Physician at Saanich Medical Centre and Saanich Peninsula Hospital
Gajanan Sahasrabudhe - Manager of Platform & Integration at Island Health
Hamza Khan – Ophthalmologist at Island Health
Jason Haffner - Radiologic Technologist at Island Health
Jerome Etwaroo - Associate Director of the Innovation Centre at the University of Victoria.
Manik Saini – Director of Health Technology Assessment at the Ministry of Health
Mia Maki - Academic Director at the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria
Michael Reece - Director of System Operations at Island Health
Nick Allan – Biotech Manager at StarFish Medical
Paul Stinson – President of CAPRA International
Peter Payne - Executive in Residence at Innovate BC

The teams were evaluated on the following criteria:
Quality of the solution (25%)
Originality of the solution (25%)
User experience (25%)
Scalability of the solution (25%)

Along with Cash Prizes provided by Island Health ,cool trophies were printed by the Victoria Hand Project

Contact the Centre for Biomedical Research if you have any questions

or 250-472-4067