BDL Accelerate 2016 HealthTech Hackathon

When 2-4 November, 2016

Where Beirut, Lebanon

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    BDL Accelerate 2016 HealthTech Hackathon is bringing the health sector closer to startup community

    Banque du Liban (BDL) Accelerate 2016 has joined forces with Garage48 and HackingSurgery to organize the first HealthTech Hackathon on November 2, 3, 4 in Beirut, Lebanon. The hackathon is all about realizing ideas about IT apps or platforms that address the health & medical industry.

    Get ready for 48 hours of coding, building, designing and thinking BIG to bring valuable impact to the health & medical industry.

    We are bringing together 100+ physicians, coders, designers, marketing & business experts from around the world* to build innovative and disruptive concepts. Teams will work for 48 hours and deliver a beta-prototype on the final day. The best projects will have the opportunity to be on the main stage at BDL Accelerate.

    The Winner of The BDL Accelerate 2016 HealthTech Hackathon will be awarded a $10,000 Cash Prize to continue the development of their idea into a full working IT tool. More prizes and surprises to be announced.

    The hackathon will be a very unique experience with the vibrant community energy, top-notch mentors and “no powerpoint” rule. This is your opportunity to disrupt the health & medical industry.

    The event will take place on 2-4th of November, 2016, in Beirut @ BDL Accelerate 2016 Conference

    * Selected applicants flying in for the Hackathon will be provided with accommodation.

    More about the event:
    BDL Accelerate 2016 HealthTech Hackathon in Collaboration with Garage48 and HackingSurgery

    Banque du Liban (BDL) Accelerate is the only innovation and startup in the world that is inclusive, because it’s free. We don't charge our attendees, so that everyone, from all walks of life, can learn, engage, be inspired, and connect with industry experts, investors, like minded individuals, and changemakers from around the world. Last year, over 100 top-tier speakers from 53 countries flew to Beirut to inspire an audience of 6,623 attendees from around the world. This year, we're anticipating over 10,000 attendees, with 2,000 registrations recorded in the first week alone. Learn more about this year’s event at:

    Garage48 is a 48-hour intensive development event to work out physical gadgets, new web and mobile applications to bring new startups into life. Are you an engineer, marketer, designer, health industry specialist or a passionate visionary? If yes, join the ultimate hackathon in Beirut! Garage48 event is a mixture of a hackathon and an exercise from a bootstrapper’s bible. With origins from Estonia & the Silicon Valley, Garage48 events evolved being the first of its kind events in rapidly developing tech countries: Ukraine, Latvia, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Oman & elsewhere.

    HackingSurgery is a series of events organised by Touch Surgery. These events are intended for healthcare professionals, business specialists, designers, engineers, and other problem-solvers who want to develop technological solutions for problems faced by the healthcare community. By coming together for sessions of intense brainstorming and research, these dynamic and diverse groups present software or hardware solutions that would impact doctors, hospitals, medical staff and ultimately patients.
    Wedneday, 2nd November
    • 17:30 - Check-in, networking, coffee, snacks
    • 18:15 - Opening remarks
    • 18:45 - Presentation of ideas
    • 19:45 - Coffee Break
    • 20:00 - Presentation of ideas continues
    • 21:00 - Team formation
    • 22:00 - Team work begins!

    Thursday, 3rd November
    • 09:00 - Coffee & light breakfast.  Development continues
    • 10:00 - Checkpoint #1
    • 11:00 - Mentors go around
    • 13:00 - Lunch
    • 13:45 - Product development...
    • 16:00 - Inspirational start-up story
    • 19:00 - Dinner
    • 19:45 - Product development...
    • 20:00 - Checkpoint #2. Development continues...

    Friday, 4th November
    • 09:00 - Coffee & light breakfast. Development continues
    • 10:00 - Checkpoint #3
    • 11:00 - Pitch drill session #1
    • 13:00 - Lunch
    • 14:00 - Pitch drill session #2
    • 17:00 - Coffee break with light meal/snacks
    • 18:00 - FINAL EVENT: presentations of projects
    • 20:00 - Winners & networking

    NB! Schedule is tentative, changes are possible and likely to happen.

    GET READY section for participants

    We'll start on Wednesday (2nd November)  at 17:30 with opening doors. Please come on time, as the registration process might take some time. This time before the official opening is a great opportunity for getting to know the crowd and to network. See the agenda for further information.


    Positive attitude, open mind and lots of energy! Everything you need for a rapid product development.

    Please take your:


    3-5m power extension cord (as power might be on distance)

    mobile phone

    all chargers


    photo camera to take and share photos


    sleeping bag and towel (in case you would like to stay overnight)

    credit cards for domain registration

    business cards (if you have any)


    Ideas are presented based on "elevator-pitch" method within 90 seconds. Event host and audience can ask 1 to 3 short questions.

    You can prepare 1 (one) PDF slide to support your pitch. You should send the slide by Tuesday noon latest (1st November), at the e-mail (Subject: name of your project).

    Consider following key points:

    • Briefly describe your background (10 sec)

    • What is the name of the idea? (5 sec)

    • What's the idea all about? What is the problem your idea solves? Target user count and description (30 sec)

    • Technical solution and if there is a revenue model (in case of non-profit idea, how the maintenance and further development costs will be covered?) (30 sec)

    • Minimum viable product and plan for 48 hours. Who do you need in your team? (20 sec)

    NB! Practice your pitch to your friends or family before you present! 90 seconds goes really fast!


    After pitching is over, we will put all the ideas on the wall. Every participant will choose their favorite idea and this is how teams will be formed. Usually 14 to 20 best ideas will get enough interested people to get the "green light" for the implementation.

    Average team has about 5 to 7 people and the team should be "balanced" - covering all required roles like necessary engineers, designer, a project manager (team lead/visionary), marketer and a health sector specialist in order to get the product/service ready in 48 hours! Minimum size for a team is 4 people and max is 8 people.

    If some ideas get too few people or not balanced teams (probably unable to build the service), the idea will be dumped. Those people should choose another idea/team.


    After forming the teams, organizers will give a room/space for every team for the weekend. You should start by dividing roles, setting the product vision, customer journey and start working right away.

    It is very important that you have a project manager (team lead) in the team - one of his tasks is to keep the focus of the team, one eye on the clock and the other on the team progress. 48 hours is really a short time.


    We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on Thursday and Friday. So, you could focus on work and building your product.


    We have arranged international mentors to work with the teams throughout the weekend. Some of them are more technical, some more business savvy. Be open and ask for their advice and contacts. They are there to help you!

    Please wear your name badge during the whole event, this will help to encourage networking and gets you inside through security guards. Otherwise be open, get to know new people, share your ideas and give ideas/feedback to other teams.

    MOST IMPORTANT - have fun!


    • Friday afternoon 14:30 pm is the deadline. Either you have your service ready or not, time will tell.

    • Every team will practice their demo together with mentors and jury members for 10 minutes to make the final adjustments and make a better presentation.

    • We do not allow any Powerpoint presentations for web services - we want product live demo!

    • The final demo event starts at 5:30pm

    • We will pick teams randomly. Every team gets 3 minutes for product demonstration (+1 minute for questions).

    • We admit, that the development process is the ultimate importance. But we still have a jury, to evaluate the results and choose the top projects.


    take your sleeping bag & mattress and you'll have a possibility to stay overnight in the venue. We have prepared a separate room for all the dreamers:)    

    • If you have further questions, please see the Agenda and FAQ below. If you don't find an answer there, then please write us at

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • What is BDL Accelerate HealthTech Hackathon 2016? It is an intensive hackathon where people pitch ideas, form teams and build prototypes or sometimes full service over the 48 hours. This will be the very first hackathon with such great variety of international mentors and participants and we are really glad to be part of it with Garage48 and join your startup community.  

    • Who can participate? Registration is open to anyone. We are looking for people with different roles - front-end developers, back-end developers, mobile developers, designers, marketers, entrepreneurs, project managers and health sector specialists, but also other people interested in building a cool project within 48 hours. If you register to the hackathon event, then we expect you to be ready to work on the project also after the hackathon is over.

    • I don't have my own team? Can I come? Sure, BDL Accelerate HealthTech Hackathon 2016 is about networking, meeting new people, hacking, building new services and finding new friends. After pitching ideas on Wednesday evening, all participants will choose their favourite idea and form a team on-site. You should carefully review all pitched ideas, talk to the team members, negotiate, brainstorm and finally find a best matching project for yourself. Then join this team and start working on the project.

    • How to submit and pitch an idea? We ask all participants to submit their ideas already when registering but also share your idea to our Facebook group before the event. This allows other participants to review their idea, ask questions and possibly to develop the idea further. On the hackathon event, there will be about 30-35 slots for ideas.

    • How long is the pitch? On Wednesday night there are 90 second pitches for each idea, followed by 2-3 questions from audience/mentors. You can have one slide (PDF) to support your pitch.

    • How are the ideas selected on the event? Afterwards when ideas are pitched, each participant will choose the idea that s/he wants to work on. Ideas that are able to gather a sufficient team around them will prevail. People who have chosen the ideas that are not able to gather proper team will have join other teams.

    • If I present an idea at the BDL Accelerate HealthTech Hackathon 2016 event, can someone steal it? Of course :) Hackathon has many participants, including journalists, bloggers and tweeters - your idea will not remain a secret. So, if you think you have a top-secret, patentable, Nobel-prize worthy idea, then don't present it in the hackathon ;). On the other hand, if you have an idea that has been sitting in your head for some time, waiting for right time or right people to be put into practice, then this hackathon is a great place and environment for make it happen!

    • Is 48 hours enough? Yes and no. 48 hours is more than enough time to take an idea, build a working prototype, alpha or beta service and make it publicly available for users, potential customers. (Unless you are building a nuclear reactor, new drug, a spaceship of something similar, of course). However, to make your prototype, alpha or beta into a viable business, much more work after the event is needed. We encourage (and give preference in selection) to those participants, who show an interest and willingness to continue working on (successful and promising) ideas after the event!

    • Is it a startup competition to get funding? Not really. The main idea of the event is to build startup community, find new friends and meet people, build something cool in 48 hours. But it's not so much about winning the prize or getting financing. You might get financing as well, and as a matter of fact our Main Prize is 10 000 USD in cash, but that's not the main goal. This hackathon is mostly an experience of building a new (working) project in 48 hours, meet and work with new people whom you probably would not meet otherwise.

    • How big is an ideal team? In our experience, best teams have between 4 and 7 members. Each team should be self-sufficient by having all the main roles (business and product vision, design, programming, marketing, business development, health sector specialist) covered.

    • Can I buy a domain and set up hosting account before the event? Yes, you can do various preparations for your project unless you start designing or coding. We encourage you to think of the project name, business model, short term and long-term plan etc. But it's not allowed to do any coding work on the project before the BDL Accelerate HealthTech Hackathon event.

    • What happens to the developed products and services after the event? The project built during hackathon event is owned by the team who built it. So it's up to the teams to decide how do they take it forward. Some ideas are very likely to be developed into successful businesses, others struggle to find a feasible business model and fade away. Organizers are encouraging teams to continue developing the ideas and provide mentorship, but ultimately, the success or failure rests solely with the members of the team.

    • Is the hakathon a continuous 48-hour marathon or can I sleep during the event too? Sleep is for the weak. (Just kidding). While some teams pulled all-nighters at the last events, most successful teams did take time to get a full 7-8 hour sleep, come back in the morning refreshed and were fully productive during the day. We provide floor space for foreigners in the venue in case you want to save on hotel costs. Also, we will provide selected applicants flying in for the hackathon with accommodation.

    • Can I leave the conference and come back at any time? The BDL Accelerate HealthTech Hackathon is a 48 hour event, with 24 hour security on site. You can come and go as you please but you will need to keep your name tags and armbands on at all times. We encourage you to spend as much time as possible during the hackathon event with your team.

    • What if I have been accepted to the hackathon event as a participant but can not come to the event? Please notify us by e-mail as soon as possible about such changes so that we can give your spot to someone else in the waiting list.

    The Mentors 

    Ragnar Sass
    Founder and CEO at Salto Network, Co-founder at Pipedrive, Founder at Lift99
    Andres Susi
    Tech Entrepreneur
    Kair Käsper
    Head of Engagement at Pipedrive
    Helen Kokk
    Design Product Lead
    Alvar Lumberg
    Engineering Lead at TransferWise
    Agu Suur
    Head of Development at Clanbeat
    Kristel Kruustuk
    Founder & CEO at Testlio
    Jüri Kaljundi
    Co-founder at Garage48 and Koosloodus Foundation
    Adel Tabchy
    Professor of Medicine at American Board of Medical Oncology
    Loubna Bouarf
    CEO & Co-Founder, Machine Learning Expert at Okra Technologies
    Ussamah El-Khani
    UGI Surgery, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
    Naveen Cavale
    Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgeon
    Ali Bahsoun
    Research Lead at Touch Surgery
    Axel Sylvan
    Doctor and Founder at My Recovery
    Max Armani
    Ultra High Net Worth & Family Office Advisor at UBS
    Mathew Farkas
    Entrepreneur and Founder at Blueprint Health
    Jean Nehme
    Founder at Touch Surgery

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