George Hacks Mentioned in GW Today

Did you know we work with the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship?

The GW Office on Innovation and Entrepreneurship works with George Hacks and other organizations such as GW Data to host hackathons, competitive events in which groups work to create functioning product designs.

“GW Students Pursue Startups and Entrepreneurship” – GW Today

One of the teams that formed at our 2019 Medical Solutions hackathon, Mobility Innovators, made it into the GW New Venture Competition finals. They were joined by Caitlyn Pratt, who’s venture was launched following a trial-run of the George Hacks Innovators in Action program. Caitlyn’s venture, called Takin’ it Easy, focuses on medication management through an automatic pill dispensary system.

Takin’ it Easy has a working prototype and will be competing in the final round of the New Venture Competition this Thursday. After developing a more refined prototype, Ms. Pratt’s team hopes to launch a pilot program with their local Veteran Affairs contacts, previously established through George Hacks, before launching a Kickstarter campaign.

“GW Students Pursue Startups and Entrepreneurship” – GW Today

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Recap – Inaugural Medical Solutions Hackathon

Statistics

In numbers: 83 Total

Participants: 34

Judges and Mentors: 35

Organizations: 14

Partners: 0

Prize value: $1,800

Winners

1st Place

Team Members: Erin Flynn, Steven Brunetto, Logan Bartholomew, Joseph Esp

Pitch Title: Adapting Assistive Devices for Use in Burundian Refugee Camp in Tanzania

2nd Place

Team Members: Alexandra Kaplan, Natalie Zukoff, Sayna Matinrazm, Ngozi Ihenacho

Pitch Title: Smart Hospital Technology to Improve Patient Mood and Satisfaction

3rd Place

Team Members: Shirali Nigam, Bianca Karpinecz, Patrycja Mikolajczyk, Mercedes Suazo

Pitch Title: Reverse View Camera for Wheelchairs

4th Place

Team Members: Karandeep Singh, Abigail DeMassi, Sebastian Lora, Daniel Buford

Pitch Title: Redesigning Stores and Shelving for People in Wheelchairs

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Recap – 2019 Medical Solutions Hackathon

Statistics

In numbers: 175 total

Participants: 84

Judges and Mentors: 55

Organizations: 18

Partners: 1

Partner Representatives: 7

Recruiters & Sponsors: 10

Prize value: $3,000

Winners

Best Overall

Team Members: Sydney Bailes, Camille Daszynski, Mateusz Gierdalski, Jared Kern

Pitch Title: Adapting prosthetics for uneven terrain, provided by Quality of Life Plus

Best Demo

Team Members: Emily Cheung, Shubham Gupta, Elizabeth Fischer, Elias Ross Trupin

Pitch Title: Prosthetic Leg Holder for Handcycle, provided by Quality of Life Plus

Best Pitch

Team Members: Lujain Al-Khawi , Matt Taylor, Ji-Eun Kim, Karen Rius

Pitch Title: Adapting prosthetics for uneven terrain, provided by Quality of Life Plus

Best Demo Runner-Up

Team Members: Shirali Nigam, Bianca Karpinecz, Jillian McGough, Trish Mikolajczyk

Pitch Title: ‘Getting Up’ alert for geriatric patients, provided by Christina Prather, MD (GW Hospital)

Post-Event Booklet

Medical-Solutions-2019-Booklet

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