Code4Life Inter-University IT Virtual Hackathon 2020

Our people are changing healthcare through technology

At  Roche, more than 98,000 employees worldwide are working towards one goal: to solve some of the greatest challenges for humanity using science and technology. Every day, our work impacts the lives of millions of patients all around the world. Technology is driving that innovation, find out about the roles that are core to delivering digital solutions in healthcare. 

Code4life was introduced in Malaysia in 2019. This year, Roche Services & Solutions Operations APAC will be  organising  our 1st ever virtual hackathon and are inviting university students based in Malaysia to team up and work on real life personal healthcare simulations. Throughout the programme, participating teams will be partnered with our Roche mentors who will guide them in developing solutions. The winning team will receive an attractive cash reward. More details will be coming your way.

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Theme of the Hackathon

Theme 1 : Healthcare Digitalisation

In line with our purpose of “Doing now what patients need next”, Roche would like to invite you to submit ideas and solutions in the technology space which directly benefits patient care and support by enhancing access to our medicines and diagnostics, generating actionable insights and pioneering products while also shaping ecosystems.

Theme 2 : COVID-19

2020 has been an extraordinary year with the global COVID-19 outbreak. As we gear to embrace the “New Normal”, we are looking for ideas from a technology perspective which helps organisations to adapt and operate in the new normal.

Here are some ideas and examples in Digital which Roche is currently working on that you can draw inspirations from:

  • Digital biomarkers provide enhanced patient insights using mobiles, wearables and gaming devices for diseases like Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and Huntington’s Disease. The use of a remote digital monitoring platform has the potential to provide new insights into Huntington disease progression outside the transition clinical trial setting.
  • Automated analysis of medical imaging data to enhance Real World Data. Automated analysis appears to outperform radiologist-to-radiologist agreement (~80%) for tumor volume
  • Early detection of diseases using technology and insights derived from past human experiments and results
  • Improving healthcare professional’s experience by using AI and Chatbots
  • Improving patients’ experience using Virtual Reality and Virtual Assistance
  • Insights from the current country conditions to predict what lies ahead and how to reach out to as many patients as possible
  • Visit this link to learn more about Digital Innovations at Roche.

Why should you participate?

Roche is a global pioneer in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics focused on advancing science to improve people’s lives. The combined strengths of pharmaceuticals and diagnostics under one roof have made Roche the leader in personalised healthcare - a strategy that aims to fit the right treatment to each patient in the best way possible.

Be part of the Code4Life Inter-university IT Virtual Hackathon 2020 to learn and transform the future of healthcare through innovative technology solutions by improving the quality of diagnosis and treatments for patients.

Come and learn, interact and network with technology experts from the healthcare industry and win exciting cash rewards - build interesting and innovative stuff and have some fun!

Registration Criteria

The Hackathon is open to all great minds with strong interest in innovation and are studying at universities in Malaysia.

  • Active students who are currently enrolled with a registered Public/Private Malaysian University or College and students who recently graduated in 2019 and 2020 are welcome to participate.
  • International students enrolled in accredited Malaysia Universities or Colleges are also encouraged to participate.
  • All level of studies (Certificate, Diploma, Undergraduate, Postgraduate) may register.
  • Students from non-technology related courses are also welcome.
  • Maximum of 4 students per team.


Hurry and submit your proposals by 31st July 2020!

Link to registration form


  • All team members, competitors, judges, mentors, et al, must practice decorum and be respectful of each other at all times.
  • Each Hackathon team will consist of between 1 to 4 participants and must be from the same tertiary institution.
  • Participants from the same team can be students of different nationalities, age groups, study courses/fields or semester intakes.
  • Teams may be required to provide documentation of enrollment proof in tertiary institutions and any other documentation for confirmation of compliance with participation requirements.
  • In the event a team member needs to be replaced or added, organisers must be notified immediately. However, the organisers reserves the right to disqualify the replacement or additional team member(s) if he or she does not meet the requirements.
  • Teams may be disqualified from the Hackathon at the organisers’ discretion. Reasons for disqualification may include but are not limited to breaching the Code4Life Hackathon 2020 (Malaysia) Terms, behaving in a way that violates the code of conduct, fraud and/or plagiarism.


  • All work on a project shall be done during the hackathon period from July to November 2020.
  • Teams may use ideas which they had prior to the event but teams must ensure ideas are innovative, creative and original. Should the organisers discover ideas have been plagiarised, the team shall be disqualified and team members will not be allowed to re-participate in the Hackathon.
  • Teams may use libraries, frameworks, or open-source code in their projects.
  • Teams are fully responsible and accountable for their solutions and shall ensure their safety and well as the safety of property at all times.

Timeline and Process Flow

Malaysia, Roche

Meet the Judges

Edward Chin

GIS Account Manager

“You can build quite powerful applications simply by connecting apps and making the user interface simple and intuitive.”

Malaysia, Roche

Pauline Chong

Head ERP for APAC

“I see technology innovation as a new beginning in changing how we transform and enhance our lives.”

Fred Lu

Pharma Informatics Site Head

“I look forward to seeing innovations which don't necessarily need to be rocket science but solve real-life human needs.”

Przemyslaw Gzik

Team Manager - Quality Management

“Hope to pave the way for emergence of technology and healthcare in the minds of the young.”

Meet the Mentors

Santosh K Sivan

Team Manager - Application Services APAC

"Embrace this unique opportunity, which brings you one step closer to innovate in life's most important asset - Health"

Malaysia, Roche

Arup Kamal

Lead Information Architect

“Witness innovative ideas that are simple yet effective, technical yet humane”

Ameir Ibrahim

Programme Manager

“Tech is redefining how patients get access to the right treatment. I am excited about what new innovation the students will propose to improve the lives of patients around the world.”

Jaspreet Singh

ETL Information Developer

“The challenge is not just discovering the right solution, but to discover the right business problem!"

Satishkumar Velayalhan

Team Manager IT Service Desk

“I'm eager to see the next generation of individuals surprising us with the power of fresh ideas, combined with technology.”

Malaysia, Roche

Shaiu Ring Tee

IT Business Partner

“I love to see creativity and innovation of the new generation. Explore all possibilities, do not create a boundary when there’s none! “

Selvah Karthikesu

Data Center Lead APAC

"You may say technology has changed the world today, but what changed everything is our passion!"