2014 CAMTech Uganda MedTech Hack-a-thon

August 23-24, 2014 | Mbarara, Uganda

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.

At the end of the 48 hours, teams presented to a panel of judges with expertise
in medicine, engineering and business. A total of 29 teams presented on a wide
variety of identified problems and their novel innovations.

Day 1, Wednesday, AUGUST 23rd, 2014

8.00 AM
Registration opens
9.00 AM - 9.30 AM
Opening remarks
Professor Frederick Kayanja – Vice Chancellor, MUST
Dr. David Bangsberg – Director, Center for Global Health, MGH
Mr. Scott DeLisi – US Ambassador to the Republic of Uganda (remote address)
9.30 AM - 9.45 AM
Group photograph
9.45 AM - 11.00 AM
Education Program
Dr. Lukwago Asuman (Permanent Secretary Ministry Of Health)
Topic: Healthcare in Uganda
Mrs. Elizabeth Bailey (Director, CAMTech)
Topic: CAMTech Overview
Dr. Data Santarino (CAMTech MUST Country Director)
Topic: The hack-a-thon experience, AIR
Dr. Joseph Lubwama (Saving Mothers, Giving Life
Topic: Setting the context of maternal, neonatal and child health in Uganda
Dr. David Durack (Consulting Professor of Medicine at Duke University)
Topic: How companies evaluate technology?
Ms. Allison Yost (H@acking Medicine, MIT) & Dr. Ryan Carroll (Pediatric Intensivist, MGH)
Topic: Overview & guidelines of hack-a-thon
Pitch Example

Clinical challenges
11.00 AM - 12.00 PM
Team pitches and registration of teams
12.00 - 12:30 PM
Hacking* (Participants are welcome to hack through lunch)
12.30 - 1.30 PM
Working lunch
1.30 - 5.00 PM
Hacking* (Participants are welcome to continue hacking after 5.00 PM)

Day 2, Thursday, August 24th, 2014

9.00 - 9.30 AM
Review judging requirements
9.30 AM - 12.00 PM
Team hacking (Participants are welcome to hack through lunch)
12.00 - 1.30 PM
Working lunch
1.30 PM
Teams turn in presentation and enter their idea into Co-Lab
1.30 - 2.00 PM
Organizers collate presentations
2.00 - 4.00 PM
Final presentation & judging
4.00 - 4.15 PM
Judges finalize the winners
 All participants and attendees vote on Co-Lab
4.15 - 4.45 PM
Announcement of awardees
4.45 - 5.00 PM
Closing Remarks

Check out the winners!

Six prizes for a total of $3,350 were awarded to selected teams for their innovative
technologies and ideas.

  • First Prize ($1,000): The Neonate Weighing Scale team developed a mechanical, affordable and accurate newborn scale not reliant on an electric power source.
  • Second Prize ($750): The Pneumo Track team developed a low cost diagnostic tool for Pneumonia.
  • Third Prize ($500): The E-Textile team created an innovative reflective vest to be used to for children as part of the road safety initiative.
  • Fourth Prize ($250): Supa-Food created a new affordable supplement for children to address the high rate of malnourished children in Uganda.
  • AB InBev Prize: The AB InBev Prize for Road Safety was won by the Mobi-Afande App team. The team won $850 and an invite to the UN Ministerial Conference in Brazil in November 2015.
  • ‘Greatest Progress Made’ over 48 Hours: Awarded to the Baby Kushion team for their work on a new sleeping system for newborns in hospital settings.
  • Post 30-day Progress Award: The Mobi Afande team continued to work together and created a workable prototype and business plan to be used for taking their device forward. The Mobi Afande Team created a portable device and printer to be used by Ugandan Road Officers to issue and track automobile and motorcycle infractions. Up to this point, there has been no mechanism to track for road traffic infractions in Uganda. This provides a way to track drivers so that officers may prevent continuous road safety problems.

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