Being one of the coaches at the largest Healthcare Hackathon in Europe

I want just to give you a brief personal impression about 1 ½ days of my last week as a Developer Advocate at IBM.

Being one the of coaches at the largest Healthcare Hackathon in Europe was incredible.

The Hack was supported by the University Hospital of Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH), Merck , the Kieler Nachrichten and IBM .

Around 150 hackers worked for two days in 25 international teams including students, companies and startups.  More numbers you can find on the official webpage Healthcare Hackathon in Europe .

For me:

We as humans, health is our most important asset, at the Healthcare Hackathon it was brought to the foreground again with the help of technology and new ideas.

Here I want just to highlight some ideas, I was personally impressed.
I put my free interpretation for each of these challenges under each bullet point of the challenges.
Note: Some of the linked information is in german.

The winner wasHospimotion-and-Hospitainment-VR 
“Getting better by playing your physiotherapy game in “VR”.”

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Usage of information sources for implementations in IBM Cloud

Why should I blog about this? Of course, you can just “google” and find the sources by your own.

I write this blog, because I want to share briefly my experience, about the different IBM Cloud information sources: the IBM Cloud Documentation, the IBM Developer and the IBM Cloud Garage, when I did implementations with IBM Cloud.
I hope when you read this blog, you can save time finding the right information in the future.

Let me start this blog, with this following statement:

“Finding the right information, depends on your expectation”

This is a simple and obvious statement, but from my perspective simple knowledge must be repeated, to get the right attention.

What are my expectations on information sources?

When I start searching for implementation topics, I have mainly two different high-level expectation categories, the “content” and the “consumability”.

Here are my three major expectations on the content, when I search for implementation topics in IBM Cloud.

  1. First expectation I want sample source code, which is executable. The best would be, if my finding directly matches to my technical or use case problem.In short words: “I need to get executable code!”


  2. Second, the development process topics are relevant for implementation. Mainly how to organize myself. Today agile is the usual way. How does this work?Short: “I want the right method/tools, which do support my daily “implementation” work!”


  3. Third, I want help in finding the right architecture for my implementation approach inside IBM Cloud.“Which components do I need to implement my application in IBM Cloud?”

My first expectation is fulfilled in each the of given information sources. Each source points to sample code in github, which can be used to build a running applications.

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Can I use VCAP, when I have a Cloud Foundry application and IAM enabled service in IBM Cloud?


this blog is relevant for you, if you use Cloud Foundry applications inside IBM Cloud.

BTW: This topic is related to the content of my last blog.


One of the cool things using Cloud Foundry apps in IBM Cloud is the easy and extremely flexible deployment of those applications. With the usage of VCAP variables you can avoid to edit/touch the code, when you want to deploy new instances of your Cloud Foundry application and the related services.

This blog will help you to avoid potential pitfalls in the future, you maybe step in.

For more information related to VCAP usage, please take a look in the IBM documentation. (

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“What are major elements to organize my services, apps and devices in IBM Cloud?”


I just started in the Developer Advocate role and now I want to start blogging about my experience in Cloud development, mostly related to the IBM Cloud usage. If you want follow this journey,  you can subscribe to my blog.

The first topic I want to address is:  “What are major elements to organize my services, apps and devices in IBM Cloud?”, when you access the IBM Cloud with your account ID.



I would say, if you got a basic understanding of these following topics, you will avoid some common pitfalls you maybe step in, when you don’t know this simple background.
Keep in mind Cloud Foundry, IAM and IaaS.

I will concentrate in this blog on the organization elements for services/apps/devices  and not on the user access rights or user access management. This blog does not provide a suggestions of naming conventions or organizational guides.

At the moment IBM Cloud uses cloud technologies like Cloud Foundry, IAM, IaaS and more, with a single entry under one umbrella. That means, you can access all these, just with a single logon.

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