Students competing in biomedical innovation through real-world challenges


Are you an ambitious student ready to embark on a journey of discovery, learning and growth? If so, Health Hack by AstraZeneca is just the right place to gain hands-on insight into the fast-paced world of innovation in the biomedical field!

Health Hack by AstraZeneca is a set of Balkan hackathons spread out through four Balkan countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Serbia&Montenegro. The competition invites students of Pharmacy and Medicine to apply their skills, creativity, and passion to think of creative solutions in real-life medical related challenges. Over the course of two days, you will work in teams to brainstorm, prototype, and pitch innovative solutions to a specific healthcare problem.


Cardiovascular, renal and metabolic diseases

Respiratory and immunological diseases

Vaccines and immune therapiees

Rare diseases

Dates & Schedule


Ljubljana, Slovenia – May 10-11, 2024
Zagreb, Croatia – postponed to fall 2024
Belgrade, Serbia – May 24-25, 2024
Sofia, Bulgaria – May 31-June 1, 2024

GENERAL SCHEDULE (may differ slightly from country to country):


(official program 4PM-7PM, the teams can work on the property until later)

  • Registration
  • Welcome ceremony alongside meeting the mentors for thorough Q&A
  • Team work on the premises
  • Location closure: 10PM

Location opens: 7:30 AM

  • Morning intro with coffee
  • Team work on the premises with mentors
  • Solution deadline
  • Solution pitches 4PM
  • Award ceremony

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May 10-11



Fall 2024



May 24-25



May 31-June 1


  • Connect with fellow students and industry leaders.
  • Experience how innovation is shaping the future of healthcare.
  • Collaborate with mentors from AstraZeneca and digital health clusters.
  • Learn ideation and pitching skills.
  • Practical awards for all the participants, and career consulting with senior management team of AstraZeneca for each team member of the winning teams of the competition.


The Health Hack in Slovenia wrapped up successfully with two winners emerging. Chosen by the jury, the winners are members of the Solidago virgaurea group (Meta Furlan, Gaja Pušnik, Tinkara Žula, Tjaša Škerl Rifelj and Vesna Slatinek), while according to the audience's choice, the winners hail from the Klirtim group (Amadej Šenk, Mark Muravec, Justin Okai, Liza Habjan and Pia Uršič).

In sunny Belgrade, two days of innovative thinking, hard work, and brainstorming produced winners of the Health Hack competition! There were two challenges, and jury members choose one winning team per challenge. For the Breast cancer challenge, the winning team was Sentinel - Luka Milićević, Nikolina Aničić, Lenka Ilinkić and Milica Bošnjak. As for the Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease challenge, the winning team was FarmaFenomeni - Nikola Milosavljević, Petar Taslaković, Filip Jovčić and Đorđe Milojković. All of the teams showed incredible creativity, dedication, and understanding of the needs of patients in Serbia, as well as excellent presentation skills!

Rules and FAQ

Who can apply?
Calling all future change-makers ready to revolutionize healthcare!
  1. If you are a student in the final years of studies (4th and 5th year of Pharmacy, 3rd - 6th year of Medicine).
  2. Students who can be on a location throughout the whole competition.
  3. Students, who have not been employed by AstraZeneca for any student work nor the internship program.
Can I apply as an individual?
Yes, you can apply as an individual or as a part of the group. If you apply as an individual, you will be assigned to a newly formulated group of individuals or to a team with less than 4 participants.
What is the maximum number of applicants allowed per team?
The team is formulated by 4 to 6 members. If the team is smaller, you can still apply as a team, but you may get additional members assigned to you, for the team to consist of 4 to 6 people.
Can international students apply?
The competition will be held in the local language and not in English, but international students are welcome to apply!
Is there a participation fee?
Can I choose the challenge I want to work on?
Yes, you can choose the challenge, although there is no guarantee you will get your preferred option from the offer. We will be issuing challenges to teams based on the order in which they complete the application form. Act quickly to secure your spot and receive your preferred challenge!
What do I have to bring with me?
Bring your computer or another digital tool you will work on, comfortable clothes to work in during the challenge.
What about food and beverages?
We will take care of your tummies, so your brains will have the power and energy to work at their best. Therefore, there is no need to worry about food and beverages. We are committed to accommodating dietary preferences. Vegan and vegetarian options will be available during the event. Please indicate any dietary restrictions in the application form.
Can we sleep over at the event location?
Unfortunately, there is no possibility of sleeping at the event location. However, it will be possible to work until late hours on Friday and arrive early on Saturday morning.
What will the pitch look like?
The pitch will be held in the local language. You can prepare a short presentation in PowerPoint, prepare a video, or find another creative solution to present your idea! It should last up to 7 minutes. After that, the judges will have 5 minutes for the Q&A.