ISPE 2017 Europe Annual Conference in Barcelona, Spain 3 - 5 April 2017

Young Professional Hackathon

Want to shape the future?

Register for the inaugural ISPE Young Professionals Hackathon! This event will take place on 1-2 April, preceding the 2017 Europe Annual Conference. Take part in a unique and collaborative working session, where young professionals from all disciplines in the pharmaceutical industry, from all over Europe, will meet.  The event comprises introductory speeches, keynote presentations, support through moderators, a networking dinner with industry leaders, pharmaceutical industry professionals, and Young Professionals.


Adapted from the IT Industry's Hackathons, Young Professionals from all backgrounds will meet in Barcelona to try to solve one of the biggest challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry - Digitalisation and Industry 4.0. 

Guided by Gert Mølgaard (Mølgaard Consulting) and Damian Greene (PharmaBioSource), Young Professionals will get first-hand insight and feedback from experienced industry leaders.

Our two moderators are supported by three keynote presentations:

Christian Wölbeling (Werum), Teresa Rodó (Merck Group) and Michelangelo Canzoneri (Sanofi), who will provide a glimpse on topics like workforce, facilities of the future, end-to-end logistics, and production control systems.

Christian Wölbeling Photograph
Christian Wölbeling
Teresa Rodo Photo
Teresa Rodó
Christian Wölbeling Photograph
Michelangelo Canzoneri


The Schedule

Day 1 - Saturday, 1 April 2017
12.00-13.00 Registration, welcome, timetable, security (20 minutes)
Coach: Gert Molgaard—Factory of the Future (20 minutes)
Damian Greene —Delivering Industry from 1.0 to 4.0 (20 minutes)
13.00-14.00 Christian Woelbeling: Introductory Speech: Industry 4.0 in Pharma Operations (20 minutes)
Dr. Teresa Rodo: Quality and Regulatory Affairs in Digitalized Pharma Ops (20 minutes)
14.00-14.30 Robert W. Landertinger—Challenge Definition + Prize Categories
15.00-15.30 Participants pitch own challenges (define connection with higher level topic)
15.30-16.00 Surprise + networking break for team definition
16.00-19.00 Hackathon with coaches
19.00-23.00 Networking dinner with ISPE leaders
23.00-00.00 Shuttle back to hotel
Day 2 - Sunday, 2 April 2017
00.00-06.00 Hackathon with Young Professionals only
06.00-07.00 Joint breakfast
07.00-09.00 Preparation of presentations
09.00-10.00 Presentation of concept to coaches
10.00-11.00 Presentation in front of Global Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Leadership Forum (GPMLF)
11.00-13.00 Joint lunch + award ceremony
13.00 Goodbye
14.00-16.00 1st European Young Professional Chairs Meeting

Why Attend?

ISPE’s Young Professionals Hackathon is not only a great opportunity to get conceptual experience and work interdisciplinary, it is much more.

You will get the opportunity to actively shape your future workplace by presenting to the Global Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Leadership Forum (GPMLF) and leading managers within the pharmaceutical industry. Furthermore, you will get the opportunity to network with pharmaceutical industry professionals from different backgrounds, companies, and levels of experience.


Why should I be interested in the Young Professionals Hackathon?

Do you like challenges? Would you like to have a better understanding of different disciplines within the pharmaceutical industry? Are you interested in spending time working together with both other Young Professionals and Senior Experts solving interesting real-world problems?  This is the opportune time to attend and experience all this.

Who can participate in the Young Professionals Hackathon?

The Young Professionals Hackathon is open to any student registered at a college, university, or educational research institute. It is open for students at the undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral level, or student transitioning to Young Professionals.

Furthermore it is specially aimed at Young Professionals with less than ten years of work experience.

Is there a charge to participate?

No, there is no charge to participate

Do I need an invitation?

No invitation is required, however we encourage you to sign up promptly, as spaces are limited.

Who are the judges that will evaluate the teams?

ISPE Leadership

What are the prizes?

Interesting, industry-related materials have been sourced as prizes – do not miss out!

Will there be wireless internet access?


What do I need to bring?

Your laptop

What materials are provided?

We will provide wireless internet connection, plenty of pens, paper, markers, and flip charts. We will also provide plenty of delicious food and drinks.

Where can I register?

Online: Register Now »

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