People

Miroslav Palat (judge & mentor) joined Johnson&Johnson Medical as a Economic Outcomes Specialist to become Director, Clinical and Economic Outcomes Central Europe in 2000. Responsibilities periodically included market access, line management, process management and strategic planning. 2005 – 2008 he developed and implemented EMEA-wide the concept of Strategic Affairs, an integration of the health economic, medical, government and communication functions. Since 2008 he serves as the president of CzechMed – a trade association of the medical devices industry. He represents it’s positions towards the government and payers of health care. Herein he ccordinates with similar groups in the EU via the European health technology association MedTechEurope.


Kateřina Vacková (judge & mentor) I am a 27 yo young doctor and entrepreneur based in Prague, Czech Republic. I successfully finished my studies at the First Faculty of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. Three years ago I founded a non-profit organisation Loono with the mission to motivate people to think about their health in time after my personal experience with cancer. I have won the Social Innovation Prize and was endorsed as a Young Leader in the 30 Under 30 list by Forbes Magazine. I get up at 6 am everyday and practice yoga. I love surfing, coffee and Vietnamese cuisine. You can usually meet me wearing a white shirt and red lipstick.

MUDr. Tomáš Šebek (judge & mentor) has completed his general medicine studies at the First Faculty of Medicine of Charles University. In 2004, he founded a company and as an entrepreneur he operates a unique medical website www.proLekare.cz (for HCPs) and a telemedicine project www.uLekare.cz (for PTs) – the number one Czech website in the health category and further virtual hospital. In 2010, he joined the international organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and went on his first mission in Haiti. In 2013, he started working in the surgical intensive care unit of the Hospital of St. Francis in Prague. Tomáš is a consultant of general surgery with almost 16 years of surgical experience. He currently specializes in laparoscopic procedures of the abdominal cavity and, as a war surgeon of Doctors Without Borders missions (MSF), treats abdominal, thorax and limb trauma.

David Kadleček, PhD. (mentor) earned a degree in artificial intelligence. Before joining IBM, he worked for startup companies in Czech republic and in Sillicon Valley. He has about 20 years of experience in designing and implementing IT systems. Nowadays, David is inteupreneur at IBM building innovative agile teams that are developing solutions in financial sector, health, manufacturing and smart cities. These teams or rather labs have startup mentality, connect business with technology and university research, and leverage unique synergy between IoT and machine learning.

Jan Pulkrábek (mentor) I am person who loves puzzle solving – I can solve Rubik’s cube in less than 2 minutes, I love to play chess and all kinds of games. This passion drives me both in my personal and professional life. I am taking each new project, problem or obstacle with this attitude and I am trying to figure out the best solution from all angles and based on criteria which I am given. Now I am Head of Product Dáme jídlo.

Jan Rosický (mentor) is currently responsible for a global expansion of Invent Medical company that he co-founded. Invent Medical’s goal is to use 3D scanning, 3D printing, digitalisation and automation to develop a new generation of smart advanced orthotic and prosthetic products. He previously worked as a business development specialist in medical companies and a senior UX designer. As the only Czech, Jan received a prestigious international award by Royal Society of Arts in London for his design concept of a new generation banking digital platform. Jan was included in the “30 Under 30” list of talented young Czechs by Forbes magazine.

Lucie Kvapilová (mentor) is a part of CEAi as a Product manager working on development of AI-based biotech & healthcare SW products. Apart from that, she is organizer of Machine Learning Meetups Bratislava. Her previous experiences include mobile app products and biotech R&D focused on portable sensors. Her major is Molecular Biology and Biotechnology with specialization on electrochemistry & biophysics area. One of Lucka ‘s biggest passions is use of new technologies (both HW and SW) together with data to facilitate innovation in bio- and health- sciences.

MUDr. Jarmila Zipserová (mentor) has a long-term specialization as a Physical, Balneological and Medical Physician rehabilitation. She is an expert in the latest therapeutic rehabilitation methods with foreign background and has several years of experience with TheraSuit®. Jarmila has completed several courses of this method.

Mgr. Bc. David Soviš (mentor) is a graduate of Physiotherapy at the Faculty of Physical Culture of the Palacký University in Olomouc. David gained experience at rehabilitation clinics in Olomouc and in hospital in Uherské Hradiště. Besides physiotherapy, he also devoted himself to the study of rekreology. His motto: “Don’t use it, you lose it”.

MUDr. Jiří Náhlovský (mentor) is a physician board certified in paediatrics with 10+ years of experience working in neonatal and paediatric surgery intensive care units. He is also a university teacher fluent in Czech and English language. He likes solving puzzles and delights in explaining complex medical concepts to non-professionals. He likes the challenge that lies in trying to simplify medical problems without making the explanation reductive. His hobbies include travelling, literaure and playing board/card games (MtG).

MUDr. Radek Fiala (mentor) is a vascular surgeon. He graduated in 2004 from Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague, completed his specialist training in vascular surgery in 2012 and currently is the head of vascular unit at Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, University Hospital Motol, Prague. Besides vascular surgery his clinical focus is vascular disorders in pediatric patients, kidney transplantation in children, multi organ harvesting and heart valve dissection and processing. He is a member of several professional societies such as Czech Society of Cardiovascular Surgery, Czech Transplant Society and Society for Organ Transplantation. Since his studies he is interested in online medical educational projects and telemedicine. His motto is “If you never try you will never know”.

Zdeněk Kolář (mentor) is an active student of the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague and co-owner of JoTio Tech s.r.o. which was founded in the business incubator „PointOne“ in the middle of 2016 and deals primarily with IoT projects. Within the company, I am in charge of the development and testing of hardware from the design of the electronics to the 3D printing technology. One of the other domains are modern wireless networks for battery sensors. In the field of healthcare, I see a great opportunity to deploy modern technologies that can really help. In my personal life, I am interested in intelligent buildings, cars and of course the development of society.

Patrik Prochazka (mentor), a psychologist and motivator, graduated from the Open Gate School and traveled to the United States where, thanks to the support of the Bakala Foundation and The Kellner Family Foundation, he completed his studies in psychology at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. He participates in a number of projects and leads his private psychological practice. There, as well as on his lectures at schools and in companies, with the help of his unique life experience, he leads people to understand that in life what we wish for is possible.

Filip Španiel, M.D., Ph.D. (mentor), Psychiatrist and neuroscientist, head of Department of applied neuroscience and neuroimaging at National Institute of Mental Health, Czech Republic. At his current position in NIMH, Dr. Spaniel organizes and participates in numerous projects in the field of neuroimaging and IT-aided relapse prevention programs in patients with psychotic disorders. Dr. Spaniel is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the 3rd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague.

Ing. Eduard Bakštein, Ph.D (mentor) is a researcher and data scientist with a focus on biomedical signal processing and machine learning. He is enthusiastic about applying artificial intelligence techniques to practical problems of medical diagnostics and patient future state prediction. In his research, he developed automatic methods for signal processing and analysis of brain activity in Parkinson’s disease, recorded using deep brain electrodes. Currently, he is the head of the lab at the Czech National Institute of mental health, aimed at automatic diagnosis and relapse prevention in psychosis and bipolar disorder.