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Austin Hackathon Brings the Heat

by Erin Trimble, Business Development Manager

As I shared in a recent blog post, this past April marked athena’s second annual Austin Hackathon, hosted by More Disruption Please. The event brought together nearly one hundred high-energy, disruptive thinkers with backgrounds in engineering, entrepreneurship, medicine and design to build innovative solutions to some of healthcare’s most pressing pain points. With access to the athena developer portal and expert mentors to guide them along the way, our hackers brought some novel cloud-based apps to the table—all in a mere 48 hours! 

I’m proud to introduce this year’s winners: (From top to bottom) Nathan Wong, Heather Benoit, and Dan Yee of “Hemolabs.”

I took some time to chat with these guys about their prototype and how they plan to make remote monitoring for blood health a reality.

Q: Tell me about Hemolabs.

We're a group of friends who have worked together in product development for the past several years.  We have a combined 20 years of experience designing and developing beautiful products from consumer electronics to industrial 3D printers.  However, we are most passionate about medtech and bringing more medical device innovation to Austin.

Q: What do you do in Austin?

Heather and Nathan currently work at M3 Design, a product development consultancy.  Dan is currently working at an edtech startup.  Our degrees are in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, and industrial design.  We have significant experience in body serum analytics and preventative/predictive medicine.  We are also heavily involved in the surgical instrument/device space, so our knowledge of the medical device market is incredibly robust.

Q: What was your winning idea for the Hackathon?  

We dove into an area of our expertise, serum analytics.  We developed a simple analytics testing platform to monitor blood health in patients with chronic Atrial Fibrillation.  We brainstormed an IoT device, mocked up an iPhone App, and coded a proof-of-concept backend server… all in about 24 hours!  Our initial need stemmed from observations made by the Texas Medical Center earlier this year.

Q: Any plans or next steps with this project?

We're currently still glowing from our win.  We're pretty confident that we could create the product.  There are still some steps necessary to make sure that this is a viable company/project, and we'll need a small amount of seed funding, but we're thinking about it!

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A huge congratulations to our winners.  We can’t wait to see what’s next for Hemolabs!

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Submitted by Jennifer Knapton - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

So informative really enjoyed looking through the different topics.

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