19 March 2018 •Editor H|News
Human Kinetic Technology Hackathon: a solution within 24 hours
Although there were moments of silliness, the first hackathon for the Human Kinetic Technology degree programme was a serious matter all the same. Sixty students spent 24 hours looking for answers to pressing questions related to care and rehabilitation.
In a nutshell, a hackathon is an informal and a tad nerdy event involving small multidisciplinary teams looking for practical solutions within a clear time limit. The first hackathon for the Human Kinetic Technology degree programme took place on 8 March. After spending 24 hours racking their brains, second-year students Boris Boot, René Hoevenaar and Ties van Vuuren took home first prize – a challenge cup. They came up with a new way to prevent fall risks in elderly who use a wheelchair. Boris Boot comments, “It’s a really fun way to work together with lecturers and professionals in the field to come up with solutions to real problems.” The commissioning party, Sophia Revalidatie, was impressed by the results and plans to have the winning idea explored further during an internship.
View a summarised video of the event (film credits: Martijn van der Ent).
Creativity and enjoying each other’s company make for a good combination.
Students enthusiastically explored solutions for hours on end.