Congratulations to the winners of GW’s first medical hackaton

April 02, 2018

Congratulations to the SEAS undergraduate students—and particularly our biomedical engineering students—who received prizes at the March 24-25 George Hacks medical hackathon.

In the first year of the event, GW students and other undergraduate students from Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia competed over 24 hours to develop assistive medical devices.  George Hacks was a student-organized event, and was sponsored by: Student Association, the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering (EMSE), the SEAS Career Services Center, the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, AdvaMed, the National Capital Region Society of Healthcare, and the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorder Institute.  First Place through Fourth Place prizes were awarded to:


FIrst place

First Place
Team: Absolute Zero
Pitch Title:  “Adapting Assistive Devices for Use in Burundian Refugee Camp in Tanzania”
Team Members: Erin Flynn (MAE), Steven Brunetto (CEE), and Logan Bartholomew (Chemistry)


second Place

Second Place
Team: Vitality
Pitch Title: “Smart Hospital Technology to Improve Patient Mood and Satisfaction”
Team Members: Alexandra Kaplan (Public Health), Natalie Zukoff (Public Health), Sayna Matinrazm (Creative English), and Ngozi Ihenacho (Public Health)



Third Place
Team: BME Squad
Pitch Title: “Reverse View Camera for Wheelchairs”
Team Members: Shirali Nigam (BME), Bianca Karpinecz (BME), Patrycja Mikolajczyk (BME), and Mercedes Suazo (BME)


fourth place

Fourth Place
Team: Innovation DDAS
Pitch Title: “Redesigning Stores and Shelving for People in Wheelchairs”
Team Members: Karandeep Singh (BME), Abigail DeMassi (MAE), Sebastian Lora (MAE), and Daniel Buford (BME)

More information on the George Hacks event is available in the GW Today article “GW Students Innovate at First George Hacks Competition.”