a 20hr digital health rapid prototyping challenge
- HackCare to transform Palliative + end of Life Care
- HackMyCondition for Chronic Disease Management
- HackLoneliness for better Mental Health care and connectedness
Our event winners
First Place: $3000 to Team FeedbackLoop for their iCare4u platform, designed to close the feedback loop that is needed after a patient leaves their clinical appointments, helping physicians understand the efficacy of their prescribed treatment. This pharmacist led team of 7 developed a prototype that helps doctors receive patients' feedback regularly and provides them with treatment data and outcomes to improve their decision making.
Check it out at devpost.com/software/icare4u
Second Place: $2000 for Team Medius for their focus on addressing common root cause elements of the majority of chronic diseases with an app designed to increase the chances of healthy habit development by simple risk reporting and healthy behaviour tracking. With the Hunter region experiencing above average rates of overweight and obesity issues, their concept provides motivational elements to enhance the prospect of regular data tracking, reporting and behavioural change.
Check it out at devpost.com/software/medius-orl751
Third Place: $1000 to "Diamond Jim and the Celestial Four" - their Shedd App aims to "reduce loneliness, depression and suicide in young blokes by using Netflix's algorithm to match you with other nearby blokes who are interested in the same stuff as you". This was a great #menshealth focussed entry which has high relevance for its target audience and works to #hackloneliness - There's already expressions of interest evident for connecting them in with groups like SoldierOn.
Check it out at devpost.com/software/shedd
positioning the hunter as a healthtech development centre
At a hackathon, people come together and use technology to transform ideas into reality. We've been working in this region over the last 4years to help connect the right elements together that position the Hunter as a regionally relevant Digital Health product development centre, testing and refining our venture catalyst event format. The ecosystem has all the right elements: strong Faculties of Health, Design, ICT & Business at UoN; an appetite for innovation and a growing capacity to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs, with strong connectivity to regional audiences, places and population health needs.
As a UoN Healthcare Alumni who's had a chance to work on national and international digital health projects, I'm so excited by the quality we've seen in our 2017 event - the concepts presented address large healthcare market problems and the winners could be good candidates for an Accelerator program. We had the perfect mentor helping teams understand the value of focus and relevance - Jennifer Holland from Throatscope has been through the SharkTank journey and now has her product being distributed in 150 countries, so we were delighted to have her onboard. I think we're seeing the next generation of talent emerge that can make a real difference in Digital Health product development and we'll be working hard to build support for them to take the next steps in their journey. Prizemoney from our event is designed to help kickstart that process, but we'll be working with groups like TheHealthHorizon to ensure our region gets onto the map as a serious contender for HealthTech startups.
For people interested in building local DigitalHealth capacity in the Hunter region, consider signing up to our Hunter HealthTech Meetup at https://www.meetup.com/Hunter-HealthTech-Meetup/