Product Forge

Product Forge organises hackathons and meetups that support early stage entrepreneurship.

Welcome to Product Forge

Join us for Europe's largest annual health hackathon where hundreds of health professionals, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, designers and technologists will be spending 75 hours realising the future of health and social care.

Open to everyone from unlikely innovators to seasoned founders; whether you want to launch a startup, develop a product within an existing organisation, solve a problem that you have studied at university, or just develop new skills, this event will leave you equipped will the mindset, teammates and tools for disruption.

This year we're exploring integrated care and data driven innovation and our tracks will include sports & mental health, social care, emergency & unscheduled care, healthcare for the homeless and cybersecurity in healthcare. If you want to explore a topic outside the main themes we'll have a wildcard track for other challenges within health and social care.

Product Forge is a career defining experience which welcomes professionals from all backgrounds, ages and levels of expertise. 

We connect people who do not normally have the opportunity to work together, in an environment that fosters meaningful relationships over shallow connections. 

Participants join cross disciplinary teams who are tasked with identifying and solving a real challenge within their chosen subject track. Teams are coached by industry experts through each stage of the event. 

You'll be immersed in a real product development process, leaving you equipped with the mindset and skills to take your project forward after the event, or to develop new ideas. 

Product Forge is a creative playground that encourages focused work whilst supporting positive physical and mental wellbeing. We provide healthy food, wellness activities, and around the clock access to breakout and rest areas. 

You own everything you develop at the event and set your own metrics for success. Whether your goal is to develop your skills, solve a specific business or technical challenge, find a co-founder, or simply meet like minded people - we're here to help.
Product Forge opens on Thursday at 5pm with networking and team formation, and runs through to Sunday at 9pm. Participant tickets include ten meals and 24hr access to the event venue. Children are welcome if accompanied, and we have showers, quiet rest spaces and baby changing facilities.

What will you be doing? Your team will be tasked with developing a new digital product. Each day comes with a specific focus; customer discovery, prototyping, and presentations. Don't worry if you haven't done anything like this before; you'll be supported by some of the best minds in health tech, from data scientists, seasoned entrepreneurs and front line NHS staff. If terms like customer discovery are new to you though, there's an optional ticket add-on which includes four 30 minute workshops which we would recommend.

You don't need to have an idea or know anyone else who is going before you register - all you need to bring is a laptop and your enthusiasm! Most of our participants haven't met prior to arriving so don't worry if you're coming by yourself; mentors will be on hand at all times to help you find a team and get the best from the event.

Non-technical? No problem! Events like these are not possible without the input of subject matter experts, designers, researchers and service users. Creativity happens at the intersection of different disciplines and anyone with an interest in digital health can make a valuable contribution.

Can't make the whole event? While you'll get the best from the experience if you can join us from Thursday evening, don't consider it a deal-breaker (please note that attendance from Thursday evening is required for CPD certificates). Drop us an email and we can arrange for you to join us at a later time.