First hackathon in mental disability care successful

During the first nationwide VG Hackathon people with mental disabilities, healthcare providers and industry joined forces. They tackled the question of how people with mental disabilities can be better supported with the help of technology in the future. As partner and host, Rabobank was actively involved in this event that 34 institutions participated. Koraal won the hackathon (SeeMe app), Abrona won second prize (brush teeth coach) and Bartiméus won the third prize (EyeEyeCaptain). The audience award went to Philadelphia Care. They came up with an app that gives people with mental disabilities more control over their finances.

99 hours of brainstorming

From Monday 9 to Friday 13 April, innovation managers in the 'Network VG innovators' joined forces in teams to devise and work out ideas for four days (99 hours). It is no coincidence that Rabobank was a partner as many institutions that are involved in the care for mentally handicapped people are customers. Rabobank employees also participated in the hackathon with their (financial) expertise.

Rabobank in the jury

Rabobank supports innovations that are necessary to keep healthcare healthy in the future. Apart from being partner and host, Rabobank was also represented in the jury by Michel van Schaik, Rabobank’s Healthcare Director. He mainly looked at the presentations with 'financial spectacles'. "I paid attention to whether an innovator is creditworthy," he says. "In other words, I asked the question: would I want to invest in this company as a bank?"


After four days of intensive brainstorming, the teams presented their ideas during the Demoday on Friday, April 13th. This final meeting took place in the Auditorium at Rabobank’s headoffice in Utrecht. The closing event was trending topic on Twitter.