After an early registration and breakfast, the BCS Hackathon will be formally kicked off with a few words from Prof Tony Young, the NHS National Clinical Director for Innovation, and the Hack-faculty team.
Hackers will then meet their teammates ready to hear the choice of clinical challenges they can chose to tackle. These will be pre-selected high impact clinical painpoints that are common to many frontline staff across the NHS.
The teams will then start working together in their Hack-space, to brainstorm and develop their ideas into workable solutions.
Also on Day one will be the first of our Mentor clinics, where experts from industry and healthcare will sit with teams to offer insights and advice to help shape the ideas.
Fully rested the teams will reform and refuel with Breakfast. Most of Day Two will be focused on getting the pitch ready for our judges. A final mentor clinic will allow teams to sit with a venture capitalist to work through and polish the business plan. Once their idea is as fully developed and the business journey planned, the teams will be given support in creating a winning pitch.
Then it’s pitching time. Each team will pitch and be questioned by our panel of clinicians. The winning team will not only win seed capital to start their idea on its way, they will then pitch to the President of the British Cardiovascular Society and the entire BCS conference delegates.