Metis Neurotec


HackZurich 2021

This year we successfully participated as a team at HackZurich (24.09. – 26.09.21). From a total of 155 projects, we were among the top 25 and thus in the finals.

Briefly about HackZurich: “Founded in 2014, HackZurich rapidly became Europe’s largest and most prestigious Hackathon. Every year, 600 international participants, selected from a global pool of 5500 applications, representing several elite universities from more than 85 countries, are invited to Zurich. Here these tech talents develop highly innovative web-, mobile- and hardware applications during a 40-hours hackathon in teams of 2 to 4 people. For this Hackathon, international companies and organizations of different industries provide participants with hardware, brand new technologies, tools, and APIs to spark the creation of new prototypes.

HackZurich represents a unique opportunity to touch base with new technologies, innovation opportunities and a selection of the world’s best tech talents. The focus at HackZurich is firmly on fun, exchanging knowledge, and the unique atmosphere and opportunities for mutual learning and inspiration.”

– HackZurich


In the final, the 25 best teams publicly presented their developments to the HackZurich audience. Team Metis developed the Patronus app during the Hackathon. While the app was developed solely by the Hackathon and is not part of the Metis portfolio, it shows how an implementation of movement therapy can look like in the form of an app:

„PATRONUS is using mobile sensors to digitize a personalized dementia treatment with the help of AI, helping to extend the healthspan of dementia patients and providing relief for carers.”

– Devpost

As a team of medical technology engineers from KIT who want to fight dementia, we developed the Patronus App at HackZurich. Our focus here is the so-called risk factor treatment. Here, our digital platform offers assistance for doctors and their patients, but also for caregivers and health insurers. It helps to monitor risk factors and treat them in a targeted manner; on an outpatient basis and systematically. Patients are equipped with mobile sensor technologies to enable a holistic treatment approach through behavioral training. This motivates patients not only to take walks, but also to engage in new activities through gamification, such as a point system for exploring new places. At the same time, stress is reduced through mindful breathing and living. The basic goal is achieved when the patient stays focused and active, as this stimulates neurogenesis, creating a natural resilience against dementia.

Credit for Content: Devpost

We are looking back to an inspiring, innovative and exciting weekend in Zurich, where we were able to further strengthen our team’s spirit. Special Thanks go to Garmin, Swica und Zurich Insurrance.


AHEAD® – Empowering Hightech Ventures

“AHEAD is the central platform between the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the national and international entrepreneurship ecosystems. As one of Europe’s premier technology transfer programs, we invest our passion for science into a new generation of deep tech entrepreneurs.”

– AHEAD Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

life science factory®
As part of the AHED Program from the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft we benefit from a one-stop-shop for an enormous source of deep tech ventures and at the same time will find the technological competence for your deep tech need. Therefore, the AHEAD Program gets the right experts at our side, who draw upon their own entrepreneurial experience and support our team through trainings, in-depth workshops, and 1on1s. Thus, AHEAD enables us as a startup and founders to benefit from Fraunhofer technology and bring innovative high-tech products to market. Here, we are supported through focusing on the right problem at the right time, making sure we have the right experts at our side and connecting us to our network for a faster market entry.
Last week we accomplished the AHED Bootcamp. This is a 4-day critical entry gate, to assess our venture readiness levels with experts from industry, entrepreneurship as well as team, market and product development coaches to create a tailored roadmap for our startup with their feedback.

Here, we reflected on and planned our next steps in discussions with mentors from the specialist area. Key indicators such as the market, team, product and venture readiness level were evaluated. The goal was to create a well-founded plan of action for the startup based on the results of the readiness level analyses. We were also able to network with other startups and practice our company pitch. It is interesting to notice, that we were accepted as an external startup by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for the AHEAD program, while many other teams are already part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

Within the AHED Program of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft we will also take part in the Phase I & II to gain more support through networking events, workshops, coaching, co-working, access to Fraunhofer laboratories to bring our technology to market.

Credit for Content: Fraunhofer Gesellschaft