MedHacks 2016 winners built an app to get emergency responders to the right place - Baltimore


Sep. 27, 2016 10:42 am

MedHacks 2016 winners built an app to get emergency responders to the right place

The winning team took home $750 for its app last weekend.

Medhackers gather for the 2016 MedHack at Johns Hopkins University.

(Photo by Beatrice Ionascu via Twitter)

In a previous version of this story published Sept. 27, the third place winner was incorrectly listed as "There4U." The correct winner is the project "ThereForYou."

In emergencies, it’s often hard to find people in all the chaos.

Team Salutem, first place winner of Johns Hopkins University medical hackathon MedHacks 2016, designed a product that could send real-time GPS location data to emergency responders in times of crisis.

During the weekend, 179 students mingled, collaborated and, of course, hacked during the Baltimore Innovation Week 2016 presented by 14 West event. Prizes up for grabs included cash, medals, six Leap Motion controllers, gift cards and swag bags.

There were 47 projects submitted and they included apps, physical products and medical databases. That’s nearly double from last year’s MedHacks, which saw a total of 27 projects and 100 registered participants.

One of the projects, #LegDay, was a 3D-printed prosthetic leg that uses software that allows users to generate walking keyframes as an assisted walking sequence. The 3D printing brings the prosthetic into a more affordable $300 range than the thousands of dollars that typical a prosthetic can cost.

See the rest of the projects here.

MedHacks judges included Vice President of Blue Cross Blue Shield Teresa Clark and MedImmune’s Jaideep Sundaram. They made their decisions based on criteria like medial impact, innovation and functionality.

It wasn’t all work all the time, however; some students took the time to formulate a plan for success.

The MedHacks winners are:

  • First place: Salutem.
  • Second place: emicus, an app that can track and respond to the user’s mental health status with a wearable EEG monitor.
  • Third place: ThereForYou, a web app that tracks mental health through facial and voice analysis for patients and doctors.
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