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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Information resources for IBM Cloud

Why should I blog about this topic? You can just “google” and find the resources by your own. I write this blog post, because I want to share briefly my experience with you and I hope you can save time, when you get started with IBM Cloud development.
This blog post is about following major IBM Cloud information resources:

The work of a developer has a wide range, and can be very different, by starting from addressing user needs, to what is the right architecture and technology, including method and the tooling. In other words developers wearing different hats of roles at the same time even when the role is not directly assigned to them.

Let’s start this blog post with my definition for information resources:

“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.
Following my own statement I first define my expectations, before I will write about the resources.

What are my expectations on information resources?

When I searching for development topics, I have mainly two different high-level  categories in mind, the “content” and the “consumability”.

A little bit more about the category “content”.
These are my three major topics:

  1. Getting executable code
    Is there sample executable source code? It would be perfect, if I directly find matches to my technical or use case problem.
  2. Wanting the right method/tools
    Which development processes is out of the box supported, to support my daily “development” work, to organize myself? Today agile is the usual way.
  3. Searching for the right architecture
    How to get help to choose the right architecture approach inside IBM Cloud.“Which components do I need to implement my application in IBM Cloud?”

A small spoiler: the first expectation is fulfilled in each the of given IBM Cloud information resources. Each of them pointing to sample code in github.

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How to use VCAP with a 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, if you plan 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.

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?”


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 you need to understand Cloud Foundry, IAM and IaaS.

I will concentrate in this blog post 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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