Hack-a-thons

Catalyzing Innovation: CAMTech Hack-a-thons

Healthcare hack-a-thons champion the process of ‘co-creation’, in which serendipitous meetings of people across geographies and disciplines such as healthcare, design, engineering and business enable diverse teams to develop potential solutions in a time-limited format. Healthcare hack-a-thons are 48-hour events in which a group of curated individuals from different backgrounds come together to drive innovation in healthcare.

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Empire State Opioid Epidemic Innovation Challenge

The Empire State Opioid Epidemic Innovation Challenge served as an open-innovation platform for a diverse community to co-create innovations that have the potential to change the trajectory of local and national opioid crisis. The Challenge Summit convened clinicians, government representatives, public health experts and affected community members to facilitate a discussion of challenges and provide critical insight into the opioid epidemic. The Solutions Sprint served as an open-innovation platform for a diverse community to co-create innovations over a 48-hour period. Through cross-disciplinary collaboration, mentorship and award incentives, teams can accelerate ideas into breakthrough innovations with the potential to curb the opioid epidemic.

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6th Annual CAMTech Uganda Medtech Hack-a-thon

The 6th Annual CAMTech Uganda Medtech Hack-a-thon convened over 290 innovators from around the world to solve critical health challenges in low-resource settings. This year’s Hack-a-thon at Mbarara University of Science and Technology focused on innovating to improve community health services to attain universal health coverage. Teams worked during this 48-hour event to transform ideas into prototypes that have the potential to revolutionize health outcomes in Uganda and around the world.

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Gun Violence Prevention Program

During the Gun Violence Prevention Challenge Summit & Hack-a-thon, the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) employed a public health approach to gun violence prevention by generating innovations that can address gun safety, mental health, community resilience, and policy.

The Challenge Summit convened clinicians, government representatives, public health experts and affected community members to facilitate a discussion of challenges and provide critical insight into gun violence prevention. The Hack-a-thon served as an open-innovation platform for a diverse community to co-create innovations over a 48-hour period. Through cross-disciplinary collaboration, mentorship and award incentives, teams can accelerate ideas into breakthrough innovations with the potential to curb the epidemic of gun violence and improve the lives of survivors.

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5th Annual CAMTech Uganda Medtech Hack-a-thon

The 5th Annual CAMTech Uganda Medtech Hack-a-thon brought together bright minds from across the globe to develop innovative medical technologies that can improve neonatal and maternal health in low-resource settings. CAMTech Uganda awarded Team Kangaroo+ $780 USD/2,500,800 UGX and acceleration support for their affordable medical technology, a low-cost neojacket that warms and monitors the vitals of preterm babies in low-resource settings.

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CAMTech-X: Jugaadathon 

Competing against nine other teams during CAMTech-X: Final Demo Day, Team RespirAid of Bengaluru, India won $15K USD/10 Lakh rupees and six months of acceleration support for the progress they have made designing an affordable alternative to current manual/hand-held ventilation devices. RespirAid works with existing ventilation bags to ensure safer and more effective care for India’s urban poor. CAMTech-X Final Demo Day, held June 17, 2017 in New Delhi, brought together 10 teams from the CAMTech-X: Jugaadathon, India’s largest healthcare hack-a-thon that took place in March 2017 in five cities across the country. The winning teams representing the best innovations from each hack-a-thon received mentorship through the CAMTech team and network and traveled to New Delhi. In partnership with Lattice Innovations and GE Healthcare, teams presented their innovations to investors, corporate partners, healthcare organizations and other stakeholders.

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Opioid Epidemic Challenge Summit and Hack-a-thon

CAMTech and the GE Foundation awarded $10k to GEMs Boxes, a life-saving supply kiosk for people suffering opioid overdoses during the Opioid Epidemic Post Hack-a-thon Award Presentations. The event, held January 24th at MGH, invited participants from the hack-a-thon in September to showcase the progress they have made on their solutions addressing prevention, treatment and recovery for opioid use disorders. The award includes funding to help move the innovation further to market as well as six-months of acceleration support from the CAMTech Accelerator Program.

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CAMTech Uganda Global Surgery Hack-a-thon

Inspired by stories from the field and passionate about transforming cancer care around the world, more than 180 global health experts and innovators came together for a Global Cancer Innovation Hack-a-thon at MGH. Over the course of two days, hack-a-thon participants formed cross-disciplinary teams of clinicians, engineers, entrepreneurs and designers to develop solutions to existing cancer challenges, particularly those afflicting patients in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). From low-cost screening devices to patient empowerment tools, participants created more than 20 innovations in 48 hours and presented their prototypes to a panel of judges.

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Zika Innovation Hack-a-thon

In the face of the Zika public health crisis, more than 150 global health experts and innovators came together April 2-3, 2016 at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) for a Zika Innovation Hack-a-thon to develop new solutions to address the spread of the Zika virus and related outbreaks. Participants worked around the clock to pitch ideas, form cross-disciplinary teams, and present 15 innovations with the potential to combat Zika and other infectious disease outbreaks around the world.

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Global Cancer Innovation Hack-a-thon

Inspired by stories from the field and passionate about transforming cancer care around the world, more than 180 global health experts and innovators came together for a Global Cancer Innovation Hack-a-thon at MGH. Over the course of two days, hack-a-thon participants formed cross-disciplinary teams of clinicians, engineers, entrepreneurs and designers to develop solutions to existing cancer challenges, particularly those afflicting patients in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). From low-cost screening devices to patient empowerment tools, participants created more than 20 innovations in 48 hours and presented their prototypes to a panel of judges.

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CAMTech Diabetes Innovation Hack-a-thon

Committed to the concept of ‘Make in India’ and sourcing local health innovation, the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) at Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health, introduced path-breaking solutions at the CAMTech Diabetes Innovation Hack-a-thon at the Indian School of Business (ISB) in Hyderabad. The event brought together over 200 participants, industry mentors and organizers to develop innovative and affordable health technologies that can improve the prevention, diagnosis and management of diabetes in India. The event also included keynote speeches from distinguished leaders from the Indian healthcare industry, who challenged participants to focus on specific, diabetes-related problems, such as access to care, affordable treatment and a lack of awareness and education about diabetes.

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2015 CAMTech Uganda MedTech Hack-a-thon

The 3rd Annual CAMTech Uganda Medtech Hack-a-thon brought together over 200 participants and mentors from more than 30 universities and organizations from across Africa, North America and Asia for a weekend of ideation, innovation and co-creation. Held at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), the 48-hour event invited students, engineers, entrepreneurs, clinicians and end-users to collaborate and develop affordable medical health technologies that address identified clinical pain points in Uganda and around the world.

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2015 CAMTech INDIA Jugaad-a-thon

During the 2nd CAMTech INDIA Jugaad-a-thon, over 300 participants, industry mentors, organizers and volunteers came together to co-create and develop affordable health technologies that address reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) in India. The Jugaad-a-thon (derived from the Hindi word “jugaad” meaning an innovative fix or work-around), invites some of the world’s brightest minds to collaborate over a 48-hour period and develop solutions to identified clinical challenges through an open innovation platform. Prior to the Jugaad-a-thon, CAMTech INDIA held a Clinical Summit with clinicians, healthcare workers, government public health experts and patients from around the world to identify and discuss pressing maternal and child health challenges, as well as best practices in delivering care. The Summit also included a Technology Showcase for early-stage and newly-marketed medical technologies that aim to improve quality and access for RMNCH in India.

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2015 MIT Grand Hack

CAMTech joined MIT Hacking Medicine, General Electric, Microsoft Band and Merck & Co. as a co-sponsor of the 2015 MIT HackMed Grand Hack at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston. Organized by MIT Hacking Medicine, the second annual event brought together a diverse group of engineers, entrepreneurs, clinicians, developers and business people to meet, ideate and innovate on some of today’s most challenging health issues and diagnose problems from multiple different perspectives. The Grand Hack is MIT Hacking Medicine’s flagship event to innovate in healthcare by bringing the entire spectrum of healthcare stakeholders together in a “hackathon.”

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2014 Stop Ebola Hack-a-thon

The “Stop Ebola” Hack-a-thon assembled 120+ clinicians, engineers and entrepreneurs with the challenge of finding new solutions to pressing care and delivery challenges within Ebola Treatment Units. The event included 35 multidisciplinary mentors and over 45 organizations from across the United States and West Africa. MGH Global Disaster Response and International Medical Corps (IMC) partnered with CAMTech to host the event, which led to n 17 new potential solutions. These ranged from an ultra-low cost means for detecting veins in an Ebola patient to a readily visible sweatband that monitors dehydration of both patients and health workers. The innovative ideas were presented to a panel of judges with expertise in infectious diseases, engineering, frontline treatment of Ebola, and humanitarian response. The innovative ideas were presented to a panel of judges with expertise in infectious diseases, engineering, frontline treatment of Ebola, and humanitarian response.

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2014 CAMTech Uganda MedTech Hack-a-thon

More than 200 of the best minds in engineering, medicine and business attended CAMTech MUST’s 2nd Medtech Hack-a-thon. Participants tackled clinical challenges by creating novel medical technologies over a 48 hour period. Professionals and students from across Uganda and India along with individuals from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) joined together to create 29 innovative technologies addressing real clinical pain points in rural Uganda. Participants pitched over 80 clinical challenges including malnutrition, inefficiency in hospital systems and triage systems to manage patient flow. Over the next 48 hours, teams worked tirelessly to develop their technologies to address important clinical challenges in Uganda.

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2014 CAMTech INDIA Jugaad-a-thon

Bringing together 250 clinicians, engineers and entrepreneurs to find new solutions to pressing maternal and child health challenges in India, CAMTech INDIA launched its first Jugaad-a-thon. The event was organized by CAMTech and Glocal Healthcare, and hosted by GE’s John F. Welch Research Centre. After two days of around-the-clock work by participants and mentors, 34 new potential solutions were presented to a panel of judges – ranging from new tools for antenatal care to disruptive technologies for newborn asphyxia.

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