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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.

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