The Education Committee (EC) of the European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT) is a formally established committee of ESOT aiming to advance transplant education in Europe for all disciplines related to the field of transplantation.
The Basic Science Committee promotes scientific issues and transplantation research within ESOT. An active basic science community and an efficient translation of innovation into the clinic are crucial for the future of transplantation medicine.
The European Transplant Allied Healthcare Professionals (ETAHP) reaches out to allied healthcare professionals throughout Europe in order to ensure the best care possible for all transplant patients, with the aim to optimize patient outcomes.
The Young Professionals in Transplantation (YPT) is the Network for Junior Transplant professionals of ESOT, representing all young transplant clinicians and scientists who are beginning a career in transplantation and organ donation.
The mission of ECTORS is to provide a forum for discussing and stimulating novel developments in the fields of cellular therapies in organ transplantation, organ regeneration and generation of new organs from stem cells and biomaterials.
ECTTA is the forum for experience exchange on treatment of patients with end-stage heart and lung failure. Our aim is to improve outcomes for the patients.
EDTCO aims to support health care professionals to provide clinically effective programmes on organ and tissue donation, procurement and transplantation.
EKITA is the Organ Expert Section of ESOT on kidney transplantation in Europe, providing a forum for kidney transplantation professionals to exchange scientific information and views aimed at providing the best service to European patients .
The European Liver and Intestine Transplant Association (ELITA), previously known as the European Liver Transplant Association (ELTA), is a section of ESOT. Its membership represents the expertise on liver and intestinal transplantation in Europe.
ELPAT is a European platform that brings continuity and progress in European research and dialogue on "Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects of organ Transplantation". ELPAT currently consists of over 160 experts from more than 25 European countries.
EPITA is established to provide a forum for those working in the field of pancreas and islet of Langerhans transplantation or any other alternative form of beta cell replacement in Europe, to exchange scientific information and views related primarily to providing the best service for patients in Europe requiring pancreas or islet transplantation.
VCA has opened a new era in the field of transplantation, reconstructive and restorative surgery. This Section brings together 10 representatives of major European teams at the forefront in this field.
ESOT is delighted to launch the first edition of the ESOT Hackathon to identify and develop tools to serve the transplant patient community.
Whether it is an idea, a scenario, a prototype, an app, an interface, a proof of concept or a turnkey solution, we are looking for innovative approaches to improve the well-being and quality of life for transplant patients.
Project submissions, further development and jury will happen through online means. The key dates of our open innovation event can be found in the Programme Tab.
Our challenge is open to any individual or team that wishes to work together to design, develop and build digital solutions help transplant patients in Europe and beyond. We want to bring together a diverse group of people to collaborate and have fun whilst helping our patient community.
If you are a: computer programmer, software developer, graphic designer, writer, interface designer, patient, doctor, nurse, caregiver, you work in a university, start-up, not-for-profit organization, or patient association, we invite you to participate in our challenge.
If you are selected in the first round of projects, you will benefit from a series of coaching from top experts in innovation. You will be guided through business modelling, design thinking, and pitching and will have the opportunity to speak to experienced coaches throughout the process.
If you are part of the three selected winners, you will be invited to our prestigious award ceremony that will take place in Athens with ESOT leaders and industry. It will be an invaluable networking opportunity where you will be able to meet leading transplantation professionals from across Europe.
We know that money is probably not the main reason that you take part in our program, but if you are one of our three winners, you will also receive a small monetary prize, alongside many other surprises.
We hope this will be only the start of a new adventure for you!
You can download the Code of Conduct of the hackathon here
At the beginning, all recipients have to face and accept their disease requiring an organ replacement, then they have to face a long waiting time before they can finally get a transplant. Without proper support, all of these factors are sources of uncertainty and, consequently, anxiety. Until the transplant happens, the long-awaited holy grail is to start a new life.
After transplantation patients have to face many new challenges. Doctors and caregivers provide patients with medications to take and a list of do’s and don’ts to minimize the risks after a transplant, especially due to their state of immunosuppression, and slowly patients start to learn some tricks that are useful in their recovery.
There may be complications along the way: the smallest infection can become exceedingly difficult to treat but also restrictions on diet and everyday life can be difficult to understand and accept. Patients’ relatives may not always understand their condition: the disease is cured now and they have a new organ that we all have been waiting for. Why are they still so weak? Why all these medications? Will we ever go back to our “normal life”?
These are merely just some of the medical, psychological, and everyday life anxieties and situations that transplant patients face.
Transplant patients need a helping hand throughout their journey, a guide that can help them navigate the uncertainty and overcome it.
At ESOT, we believe that technology can help patients, empowering them to make the right decisions within their new lives. We are launching a challenge and ask YOU to help us to develop tools that can help them.
Due to the current health pandemics uncertainty within Europe, the first Edition of the ESOT Hackathon 2021 will take place online, through an open innovation program spanning over a period of 4 months. Project submissions, further development and jury will happen through online means. The key dates of our open innovation event can be found in the Programme Tab
Inspirational Event (online) 22 June 5-6 PM: RECORDING AVAILABLE HERE
A 1-hour online event aiming to introduce the hackathon and its objectives. You will hear about renowned members from the ESOT community.
Team formation (behind the scenes) – Week of 28 June 2021
Participants who register as a team can indicate whether they are looking for additional team members with specific background or expertise. For participants who register as an individual, there are two options: they are matched with an existing team depending on requested background and expertise or they are matched with other individuals. In all teams, the goal is to cover multiple backgrounds and stakeholders (patient, nurse, doctor, IT, business, marketing) as much as possible.
Challenge kick off (online) – 2 July 2021
A 1-day online event where the teams choose a challenge and come up with ideas for solutions and business model options. The day ends in a pitch where the challenge owners can provide feedback. A jury chooses the top-10 teams to proceed to the next phase of the hackathon.
Design thinking workshop (online) – 3August 6-8 PM CET: A 2-hour online event about design thinking.
Business modeling workshop (online) – 19 August 2021, 6-8 PM CET : A 2-hour online event aiming to introduce various business model options. Teams collaborate to investigate the options and discuss pros and cons
Collaboration time and coaching (online) – mid July to mid September 2021 : The teams collaborate on a regular basis, on a timing that works for them. Every two weeks, they check in with a coach to discuss progress (using the plan designed with the coach) and get feedback.
Pitching workshop (online): 28 September 2021, 6-8 PM: A 2-hour online pitch training. After the workshop, the teams will have a week to prepare for the final pitch.
Final Final pitch and jury (online) – Timing: 9 October 2021 : A jury of challenge owners and stakeholders will choose the winning team(s).
The ESOT Hackathon 2021 Jury:
• Gillian Berry, EIT health Alumni (Ireland)
• Anna Forsberg, ETAHP Chair (Sweden)
• Giuseppe Feltrin, EDTCO Board Member (Italy)
• Pisana Ferrari, Patient Advocate (Italy)
• Luca Segantini, Chief Executive Officer (Belgium)
• Vassilios Papalois, ESOT President 2019-2021 (UK)
• Claudio Procaccianti, Chiesi, (Italy)