Samsung at the MIT Grand Hack: Using Technology to Promote Healthcare Innovation

Samsung at the MIT Grand Hack: Using Technology to Promote Healthcare Innovation

Diego Lizarazo Rivera

Samsung Electronics is in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to foster creativity and innovation to solve health care big problems, with the help of modern technology. As part of this partnership, we recently hosted the MIT Hacking Medicine Grand Hack in Washington DC.

The three-day event started on August 2nd and was hosted in Samsung’s Solutions Center in Washington D.C. Just like the Boston event held in June, this hackathon differed from other developer events in a few important ways: interdisciplinary focus, feasibility and problem-centered work.

The interdisciplinary focus was obvious from the moment teams were formed, just after the keynote on Friday. There was no need to code. During the weekend students, engineers, designers and developers participated in one of the three tracks forming groups, and bringing their diverse views and backgrounds to offer new solutions to problems that affect the lives of millions of people in America. Feasibility and business viability were integral to all pitches.

Most importantly all projects were problem-centered work addressing real user needs.

These were the three tracks that participants could be part of:

  • Access to health care
  • Mental health and professional burnout
  • Rare and orphan diseases.

Each track had a winner. Sponsors and partners also awarded teams that showed promising ideas.

Samsung provided Galaxy Note9 phones and Galaxy Watches to allow teams to find out the best way to integrate the different sensors and SDKs into their own projects. We saw some creative uses of Samsung technologies and genuine desire to improve the health care system leveraging modern technology. Stay tuned for more information about this event in the coming weeks! I’ll be sharing more details on three incredible teams that caught my attention: Key Watch, Insomniax and Promentia.

To learn more about how you can get access to the Samsung wearable devices sensors, visit the Samsung Developer Program and start creating your own apps now.