DevDays 2019

NOVEMBER 20-22, 2019

Student Track

Join the Student Track and compete for free DevDays entrance on November 21, 2019! 

Are you a student or teacher in medical informatics? Here is an opportunity for you to learn or teach HL7 FHIR, the information standard that is causing a seismic shift in the health IT landscape. DevDays is the largest and foremost FHIR event in the world. 


DevDays offers student discounts and free access on Thursday.
Here is how it works.

  1. Register for the Student Track before September 2, 2019 
  2. Learn FHIR through on-line tutorials on the DevDays website 
  3. Join the online hackathon with a use-case of your choosing

If your university supports your trip to Amsterdam (travel and stay): 

  1. Submit your application for the award competition before October 14, 2019

If you are one of the nominated teams:

  1. Prepare for your visit to Amsterdam and join us on Thursday, November 21, 2019
  2.  Present your results. A jury of FHIR experts selects the final winning team 

So, you can participate in the Student Track and learn FHIR, even if your university does not support your trip to Amsterdam. Just follow the steps 1 to 3 and learn about FHIR. But please note that you will need to join the competition to get a shot at winning free entrance tickets to DevDays on 21 November.  

When joining the competition and winning the tickets to DevDays, we count on your presence on Thursday, November 21, 2019. Please note that we offer student discounts during the entire conference, which takes place in Amsterdam from November 20 – 22, 2019. 


  • There is no cost associated with participating in the Thursday events for the nominated student teams. This includes the social event on Thursday evening.
  • In case you wish to extend your participation, the fee per attendee will be:
    – 2 days attendance: Wednesday & Thursday or Thursday & Friday: € 550,- (early bird – until September 30, 2019) or € 650 (from October 1, 2019)
    – 3 days attendance: Wednesday – Friday: € 1,100 (early bird – until September 30, 2019) or € 1,300 (from October 1. 2019)

Note: we have limited access for students. Registrations are processed on a first come, first served basis.


For any questions regarding the Student Track, please contact Niek van Galen.

Want to join? Follow the next steps!


Come out and hack! Please register by close of September 2, 2019.
This is your chance to be creative and compete for the DevDays Student Track Cup!

Register for the Student Track first 


To get up to speed with FHIR we recommend that you watch our online FHIR tutorials. 



Below are a couple of helpful links to help you get started with FHIR: 


To join the hackathon we ask you to prepare an open assignment. You are free to build anything you like as long as you use FHIR to exchange data. For example, send your blood pressure measurements to a FHIR server or build an app to fill out an online medical questionnaire.
Note you can find a list of available FHIR servers here: 

After finishing your initial assignment, complete the following steps: 

  • Try to connect to at least one other FHIR server than the one you originally used in your assignment. 
  • Discuss the changes you need to make to be able to talk to other FHIR servers and implement them. Test your work on at least one of the test-servers. 
  • Did you correctly apply FHIR? 
  • Can you make improvements to make your application easier to use? 

To connect to other Student teams, join the Student channel on Zulip:


Prepare a presentation of max 10 minutes and send (a link to) a video of your presentation to before October 14, 2019 (mandatory for Student teams joining the competition). 

 Your presentation should meet the following criteria: 

  • The presentation should be a team effort (all team members shoultake responsibility for at least a part of the presentation) 
  • Describe the contribution of each team member 
  • Describe your work and how you applied FHIR (e.g. architecture, which resources) 
  • Demo your app and interfaces with FHIR servers 
  • Reflect on lessons learned 

Please note that we allow students to elaborate on existing work on the condition that the contribution of the student team is clear. 


When you choose to participate in the competition (you can state this in the registration form), a jury of three FHIR experts will assess your work based on the following criteria: 

  • Effective use of standards (40%) 
  • Originality of the solution (40%) 
  • Presentation (20%) 

Nominated teams will be announced by 28 October 2019. Each nominated team will be invited to present their work at DevDays Amsterdam on November 21, 2019. Afterwards the final winner of the DevDays Student Track Cup will be announced.


If you are one of the nominated teams, prepare your visit to Amsterdam and join us at DevDays on November 21, 2019 for free. If you are not one of the nominated teams, don’t worry, you can still visit DevDays. We offer interesting student discounts during the entire conference. Please visit the registration page for more information about pricing and registration.


This is your chance to shine! Repeat your presentation for an audience of real FHIR geeks at DevDaysAfter a short break, the final winners of the Student Track Cup Amsterdam 2019 will be announced in a final award session. In addition, all participants will receive a certificate of participation.  

Please note that all teams that have completed step 4, may request digital certificates of participation until October 14, 2019. This includes unnominated teams and teams not participating in the competition. 

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