CAMTech-X: Jugaadathon Convenes India's Brightest Minds to Improve Healthcare for Country's Urban Poor
Innovators tackle infant health, air pollution and more at India's largest multi-city healthcare hack-a-thon
New Delhi, Delhi, India
Participants formed 92 teams at the five simultaneous hack-a-thon sites and pitched over 250 problem statements, targeting a broad range of challenges faced by India’s urban poor, including newborn health, air pollution, access to clean water, diabetes, and decentralized healthcare systems.
The event was organized in partnership with Lattice Innovations and with sponsorship support from GE Healthcare. CAMTech is a global network of clinical, academic, corporate, and implementation partners whose mission is to build entrepreneurial capacity and accelerate medical technology innovation through an open innovation platform. The distributed concept allows CAMTech to take its successful model of medtech hack-a-thons and expand its reach and impact across India.
“CAMTech-X: Jugaadathon was phenomenal! The energy and overall output from all five sites was fantastic,” said Dr. Kris Olson, Director at CAMTech. “We are thrilled and inspired to see this distributed model work across India and to see it mobilize medtech innovation across the globe.”
Participants – supported by mentorship and award incentives - worked around the clock to pitch healthcare problems, form teams, prototype solutions, and develop business models before presenting their ideas to a panel of judges from the fields of medicine, public health, engineering and business, reflecting CAMTech’s cross-sector approach to innovation.
Below are the five winning teams from each CAMTech-X: Jugaadathon location:
- New Delhi: Team Mech Tech - a solution that helps reduce both air pollution and mosquito-borne illnesses by combining an air purifier with an electric mosquito/bug zapper
- Bengaluru: Team Respiraid - an affordable alternative to current manual/hand-held ventilation devices that works with existing ventilation bags to ensure safer and more effective care
- Manipal: Team TrackVac: a vaccination and immunization tracking for infants that sends vaccination reminders to mothers and community health workers
- Bhubaneswar: Team SALUBRIOUS - a solution that helps improve micronutrient deficiency among the urban poor by blending micronutrients into commonly eaten foods, such as biscuits
- Mumbai: Team Dash - a system to improve adherence to TB medication among the urban poor
“This was a great forum to come and express the problems of the community, because [many of these individuals] cannot come and express them,” said Dr. Shashidhara Y N, who participated in Manipal and is Associate Professor at Manipal College of Nursing. “We can advocate their problems for them and propose solutions which are economical and sustainable.”
In early January, CAMTech and Lattice selected five CAMTech-X Ambassadors and held a two-day training session in New Delhi to prepare them for leading individual hack-a-thons in each of the five cities.
"I [was] impressed by two things,” said Dr. BK Panda, former Director of Public Health for the Government of Odisha and who served as a mentor and judge. “First, the spirit of collaboration I saw in this room - people worked together with such ease. Second, that [everyone] respects the needs of those much less privileged than [themselves.] Don't lose that sense of mission."
“With every collaboration with CAMTech we continue to admire their ability to drive large scale inclusion of the innovation community for med-tech in India,” said Vikram Damodaran, Chief Product Officer for GE Healthcare’s Sustainable Healthcare Solutions business. “This year’s hack-a-thon was another great platform to engage with the community and work together to solve the world’s toughest challenges for the underserved. We look forward to continued collaboration with this network of brilliant minds through GE’s five.eight accelerator and future events.”
Notes to Editors:
To learn more about the event, visit http://www.globalhealthmgh.org/camtech/portfolio-item/camtech-x-jugaad-a-thon/. To read the pre-event press release, click here.
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The Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) is a global network of academic, clinical, corporate, government and non-profit partners, working together to drive health innovation around the world. Collaborating across sectors and geographies, CAMTech identifies pressing clinical needs from the field, crowdsources innovative solutions, and accelerates the cycle from idea to patient impact. CAMTech’s initiatives, including its newly launched CAMTech Innovation Platform and CAMTech Accelerator Program, help connect and support a global community of innovators working to improve health in developing and emerging markets.
About Lattice Innovations
Lattice Innovations offers medical technology design & development services. Their areas of expertise include bedside and wearable monitoring systems, imaging for tele-pathology and mHealth applications. The founding teams brings with it 20 years of sector specific skills in product development, marketing & sales, clinical research
and regulatory compliance, complemented by technical and business degrees from Harvard, Wharton, Cornell and IIT.
About GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world. GE Healthcare (GE) works on things that matter - great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients. http://www.gehealthcare.com