Bringing together medical students around the world, Elsevier announces finalists for hackathon competition

Dubai, August 7, 2017 Elsevier, the information analytics company speicialising in science and health, has announced the students that will attend and participate in the Elsevier Hacks event. After two months,1,500 written applications,147 videos submissions and over 150,000 votes, the Elsevier team is announcing 16 medical students from around the world to take part in the Elsevier Hacks event.

Elsevier Hacks is a unique event bringing medical students from across the world together with experts in coding and design to build solutions to challenges in medical education. Finalists will travel from India, US, Australia, UK, Venezula, Jordan, The Netherlands, to participate in the 48-hour event taking place before the opening of  the Association of Medical Educators Conference in Helsinki from the 25th-27th of August, 2017.

Abdallah Ayyoub from Jordan was selected as the Middle East representative. Abdallah is a third-year medical student who stated: “I was extremely happy when I knew that I will be a part of this event that gathers a great, passionate and creative people pitching in to fulfill our goal of hacking medical education.”


As part of the application process the candidates submitted their ideas on how to answer the challenges faced in medical education through innovative applications of technology. Key themes that emerged from the students across the globe focused around building reasoning skills between what they are learning and practical application in administering patient care.

Speaking ahead of the event, Jan Herzhoff, Managing Director for Elsevier Education stated: “We have been wonderfully surprised and overwhelmed by the response from the medical students. It is  inspiring to see their passion and enthusiam to tackle challenges using technology . The quality and creativity of the responses was very encouraging.”

Herzhoff continued: “At Elsevier we are keen to partner with medical students and empower them to think beyond the current challenges they face in medical education. Technology is enabling us to transform the way medical educators teach and the way medical students learn and prepare for becoming great doctors. Events such as the Elsevier Hacks provide great opportunities to foster creativity and innovation and arrive at tangible solutions.”

“The Elsevier team is immensely proud to have a student from the Middle East represent their fellow medical students at the ground-breaking Elsevier Hackathon event, ” said Belinda Tudin, MEA Elsevier Education Director. She added: “This collaboration is testament to the energy and enthusiasm of students in finding new ways of confronting tried and tested studying methods and for Elsevier, it is an opportunity to learn from and be inspired by the resourcefulness and innovative ideas of the doctors and nurses of tomorrow. This collaboration coupled with the advances in today’s technology will help to realise enhanced study outcomes and ultimately improve the level of service these students will be able to provide in their professional careers.”

For more information visit: To find out more about the Elsevier Hacks events visit: