Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a New England Council member, recently held the its fourth annual Grand Hack, a hackathon hosted with the goal of tackling some of the biggest problems in healthcare.
The Grand Hack highlighted invisible conditions; robotics and intelligent technologies; and patient care continuum as the three broad areas in which to tackle problems. The event begins with a problem pitching session to identify challenges before dividing participants up into small groups based on their individual interests. At the end of the three-day program, the teams that presented the most innovative healthcare solutions in each of the categories received cash prizes between $750 and $1,500 in addition to the potential for funding and interest from startup incubators familiar with the event.
“Hacking is a different lens of how people look at health care. It’s not just research or clinical study. It’s highly collaborative,” said Grand Hack Coordinator and MIT doctoral candidate, Khalil Ramadi. “We try to help participants find elegant ways to streamline technology.”
The New England Council thanks MIT for hosting this timely and innovative event that challenges participants to propose solutions to pressing problems facing the healthcare industry today. Read more in The Boston Globe.
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